Oak Furniture from Around the World

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oak furniture from around the world


Adding oak furniture to your home is one of the best ways to create a distinct, classic look. Because of this, oak is one of the most common woods used in furniture today, as it is suitable for a lot of diverse styles of decorating.  Your home should be comfortable and with the wide assortment of oak furniture from around the world to choose from, each room in your home can feel cozy. From the West Coast of North America to the Tuscan villages of Italy, oak furniture is being handcrafted every day. Wondering what type of oak furniture is available? We’ve compiled some information on the origins of some of the most beautiful oak furniture in the world, as well as tips for picking out the right furniture for you.

Italian-inspired:  These lines of furniture are inspired by Italian design and will add a bit of elegance to any space.  Whether it’s Florence, Tuscany or Milano Oak designs you like, there are stunning collections of oak furniture for your home to choose from. If you need a new bedside cabinet, chest of drawers, bed frame, or a unique desk for your office, these Italian-inspired collections might be just what you’re looking for.

Oregon-inspired: There is really nothing more beautiful than the greenery of North America’s Pacific Northwest.  The forests are simply unrivaled, with majestic trees of all kinds.  With Oregon-inspired oak designs, you’ll find lighter stains with all of the fine-tuned details you need to finish your room. Adding oak furniture pieces from Oregon collections in cabins or log homes is a perfect match.

French-inspired:  French design – especially Parisian furniture lines – show a modern sense of style, and one that has stepped outside of the fancy, sophisticated designs that were once used for royalty.  Parisian furniture has a smooth, traditional look to it, which works well in rooms with modern art or bold colors.

Norway-inspired:  Oslo collections offer modern design with classiness that doesn’t go overboard.  There is truly nothing like Scandinavian design – it’s fashionable, chic, and incorporates retro and sophistication in every piece.

With so many different types of furniture out there to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start.  So first, make sure that you are looking for furniture that is crafted out of solid oak, not just oak veneer. Oak veneers can be attached to low quality woods or particle boards, and even though they might look like oak, they simply don’t have the sturdy craftsmanship of pieces made of real oak. Finding furniture that is made well without gaps, blemishes, dents, or other issues like coarse texture, is also an important part of furniture shopping.  You want the furniture to have a warm, homey feel to it – it shouldn’t look harsh or unfinished.

One of the best reasons to use oak furniture in your home is because of its durability and ability to withstand the test of time.  When you’re furniture shopping, consider your heritage and see if you can find oak furniture that represents the country that your ancestors come from.  Oak truly comes from all over the world, so finding oak that is grown and manufactured into furniture from your corner of the world is not as hard as you might think. For example, if you are of English, Italian, French, Swedish, or Welsh descent, consider researching furniture types from those countries and find a piece that is not only practical but means something to you – something that you could pass onto your children or your grandchildren.


Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an interiors writer and blogger and has an insatiable love of home style and decor

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  1. Keith Shelton
    July 31, 2013 / 10:27 am

    Good article. European oak is probably a higher standard than other areas, which is why it is still sought after for furnishing our homes and continues to inspire beautiful furniture.

  2. Curtis
    March 10, 2014 / 10:09 am

    Nice post, does anyone know where the oak furniture originated from? As in, what country? Currently writing my own post and can’t seem to find much information about it. Be great if I could find out more.

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