Wooden kitchen tables
A kitchen is unthinkable without a table. This is a piece of furniture that unites the owners and witnesses all the happy moments, conversations, discussions and plans. When choosing a table for the kitchen, you should be puzzled by the answer to the questions about whether it should organize our space or become the center of communication, whether it will be a functional piece of furniture or a fashionable detail of kitchen design.
Advantages and disadvantages
Whatever we may think, but the main qualities of the kitchen table lie in its convenience and durability. On these points the wooden kitchen table traditionally occupies the leading positions. In terms of strength, wood is much more advantageous than other materials. It seems to be specially created in order to withstand shocks, the effects of heat - and at the same time it is easy to be cleaned of various contaminants.
In addition, the wooden dining table is different from other possible types of kitchen tables durability, sustainability and environmental friendliness. If it is made of high-quality wood, then, undoubtedly, it can be not only very beautiful, but also quite expensive. But we must understand that this will be a long-term investment. After all, such a table will not have to be changed often, it will delight its owners over the years.
A solid wood table is a timeless thing that easily fits any design and will be able to fit in both the romantic Provence and the kitchen in a cold Scandinavian or Japanese style. It may look differently depending on the appearance of the room. You can add stools or Victorian chairs with a high back, you can cover it with a snow-white tablecloth or decorate with colorful napkins - and suddenly a new kitchen decoration will appear before the owners.
Such a wooden table will become the center of the kitchen due to the attractiveness of natural wood, as well as a symbol of well-being for its owners. Buying a similar piece of furniture, it is worth understanding that different wood has its advantages and disadvantages, and, depending on this, it differs in cost. In some cases, the price tag is very significant.
The disadvantages of a wooden table for the kitchen can also be attributed to its considerable weight, because wood is a heavy material. Complicates the operation and the need for a special restoration over time (a similar procedure is required approximately every five years). A minus can be called a high susceptibility to moisture, which is inherent in some varieties of wood.
To protect the tree, a special water-soluble varnish is usually used. Paint the countertop with such varnish is quite capable of and the owner himself.
Choose a shape and size
If you are going to buy a wooden table for the kitchen, you need to take into account the following factors: the shape, size and the possibility of its installation in the room. Big holidays rarely take place in the kitchen, so there’s no need to set up a table there that is too big. When you buy a kitchen table, for which you plan to hold family meals, you should be aware of this fact: each person sitting needs about 60 cm of space in order to feel comfortable. This applies to both adults and children.
It should be at least 80 cm (ideally 106) of the free distance between the table, walls and furniture. This distance will allow you to freely walk around the kitchen, without running across the kitchen set or installed chairs. Kitchen tables from a tree are issued in several types, they can be round, oval, square, rectangular, or having the fantasy form. Recently, tables made in the form of bar counters of various heights are popular.
Before buying such an important piece of kitchen furniture, you should ask yourself a few questions:
- How many people are planned to be placed at the table.
- How much this item will be in harmony with the interior.
- Will it be convenient to install it in the kitchen?
- Will the table fit with a large solid top in the elevator of the house and whether it will pass through the apartment door?
If the family consists of six or less people who have a medium-sized kitchen, then an oval or round table would be the best choice. At the same time, it should be remembered that round tables with a diameter of more than 122 cm should be avoided, as they make communication and maintenance of the audience difficult. Round tables fit well into the interior of kitchens of at least 10 square meters. m
If the kitchen has little free space, and there are maximum four people in a family, then it is worth buying a table that has a sliding worktop. Its dimensions will be approximately 120 cm × 70 cm; when assembled, it will be a square measuring 90 cm × 90 cm. Most often the folding table is made of MDF, although you can find one that is made of solid wood options.
For the smallest kitchen, you can consider the option of a folding table, which is mounted on the wall, but can be raised and secured on the extendable leg. Such a device would be enough for a bachelor or a young couple. In the event that the kitchen in the apartment is small (or combined with the dining area), it is worth buying a transforming table equipped with drawers at the level of the underframe. You can always lay down additional tabletops, move the structure to the wall, using drawers for storing candlesticks, dishes or napkins.
Tables made of solid wood are very beautiful, representing bar counters set up to delimit the space in the kitchen-living room of an ultra-fashionable studio apartment. Usually, high-quality wood species are used to make such masterpieces; an individual drawing is developed. They have built-in cupboards for storing kitchen utensils and are an extension of the kitchen unit.
Which tree is better?
Different types of wood are used to make wooden tables.. They can be exotic and expensive (such as mahogany, black or South American walnut wood) or pine or beech wood. Recently popular also hevea and wenge. Each type of tree has its own characteristics and unique natural color. Natural fibers create a special charm that only natural wood can have, it creates a natural attraction and reminds us of antiquity. But wood tables can acquire a modern look, if their surface is covered with gel, matted or polished.
It is worthwhile to become more familiar with the features of the most common at the present time varieties of ornamental wood, many of which are considered elite.
Oak tables have always had a considerable price, which is due to the high consumer qualities of this type of wood:
- Oak wood does not rot.
- It has high density and strength.
- In the process of processing gives a minimum of defects and chips.
- Beautiful due to the interesting shade and the presence of a clear pattern.
Beech also belongs to elite wood. This is especially true of the beech variety from Italy, which is distinguished by the following features:
- It has good strength properties and high wear resistance.
- It should not be exposed to moisture, as it is susceptible to rot in its unprocessed form.
- Wood has a finely porous structure with no noticeable marks, perfectly amenable to impregnation.
Wenge, a variety of African dark wood used to create furniture, is distinguished by the following qualities:
- Wood with a dark brown core, thin black veins and white lines.
- Possesses natural wear resistance, density and durability.
Under the name "mahogany" is usually hiding a sort of mahogany (Honduran mahogany), which distinguishes:
- A unique pink shade that turns into a deep reddish brown color.
- A very small number of knots or voids, which allows to avoid joints when working with it.
- Incredible strength and durability.
- Unique resistance to decay.
Unusual wood type American black walnut distinguished by:
- Rare wood color, from pale brown to dark chocolate brown with brown veins.
- Very good strength in terms of rotting, although this type of wood is exposed to insects, therefore, requires high-quality impregnation.
- Impact resistance and mechanical strength.
Hevea, traditionally known as a source of natural rubber, is also used in furniture making because it has excellent ornamental characteristics:
- High strength.
- A rare kind of wood pattern.
- Differs in density and resistance to blows.
Pine is a more affordable tree for the manufacture of kitchen furniture. Pine from Belarus is of special demand. It is distinguished by the following features:
- Softness and malleability in processing.
- Isolation during the operation of special substances (phytoncides).
- It has a significant number of knots that require removal and subsequent gluing.
When choosing a kitchen table made of natural wood, you should avoid mixed wood species in the same room: you should not install an oak table in the kitchen with pine cabinets.
Determine the design
When you think about the design of a wooden kitchen table, it usually comes to mind traditional wooden cabinets in the style of "country" or a rough "rustic" style.
Such long tables from solid wood, which look like they could be fed with a dozen strong men, are now very popular. They have straight wooden or metal legs, and in the form of a tabletop there is a whole piece of sawn board. Often these tables are equipped with stools or benches from the same sort of wood. Such items look especially impressive when they are located in spacious kitchens, living rooms of country houses or cottages.
However, only they do not exhaust the scope of use of tables made of natural wood and the variety of design solutions. The Scandinavian modern style is an ideal option for those who prefer classic rigor. As a rule, in this case, the furniture is made of wood of European varieties: teak, cherry, oak or maple.
Most often these are folding transformers in which the form follows function. Most have liners that, if necessary, extend the tabletop. This allows you to sit at such a table from four to ten people. The simplicity and restraint of this style corresponds both to the traditional décor of the middle of the last century and to modern kitchen appliances.
Wooden tables can be a decoration of any kitchen, combining convenience and aesthetics. For the kitchen in the style of "Provence" is suitable table, which has beautiful carved legs and worktop, tiled. For a more complete match, such a table is complemented by high-backed chairs or soft-stools suitable in style.
For a kitchen equipped with a large number of modern household appliances and having a kitchen apron-skinal, you can slightly modernize the classic wooden table. To do this, we cover the surface of the tabletop with tempered glass - for example, triplex or optivite. Thereby, it is possible to simultaneously lay down and protect the surface of the tree and decorate it, creating a homemade masterpiece of design art.
For those who would like to abandon the usual shades of natural wood, technologies have been developed that can be used to obtain rare colors - for example, white. Particularly interesting is the elite bleached or “dairy” oak. Its shade can be both grayish and smoky with a pink hue. It can be combined with any interior.
Close to the shade of bleached oak and color Sonoma. It is both light and dark, has shades of color of smoke or golden. When using these light shades for making a kitchen table, the space will not look cluttered due to the pale color palette of wood.