For good reason oak is a popular furniture choice, it is easy to maintain, a strong and durable material, and can be versatile in style; providing looks that range from classically aesthetic to contemporarily edgy. This low maintenance and attractive material is used to create beds, nightstands, coffee tablets, dresser’s and many other types of furniture. If you’ve been considering looking into oak, then it’s important to be aware of the different types on offer, and specifically which type will best achieve your desired effect.

Australian Oaks and Ash

The various forms of Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus regnans) commonly known as Tasmanian Oak, Victorian Ash, and Mountain Ash are prized furniture manufacturing timbers that display a nice level of character in the form of gum veins. These are produced by the tree as a natural response to environmental impacts such as fire and insect attack.

In its natural state the colour of this oak varies from white, through to yellow and shades of pink. You can get the full colour range in new oak that has been freshly lacquered, however the tone will fade to a consistent colour over time.

venice_oak Venice Oak entertainment unit (Tasmanian Oak)

For types of oak that are known to have more prominent scarring and markings, make sure to check out Messmates and Wormy Chestnuts. These specialised varieties of Eucalyptus are perfect for a rustic feel.

European and American Oaks

At first glance these oaks appear similar because the parent trees belong to the same genus or group. Colour is an attractive pale yellow with occasional pink tinges. The minor difference in aesthetics is that the European variety tends to display a consistently straight grain while American oak features more growth ring patterns. Both hardwoods are ideal for furniture production.

OSLO sideboard in European Oak

Asian Oaks

Asian Ash has been sourced for a number of years by Australian retailers, and is often sold under names such as Mountain Ash, Walnut, Chestnut and Chinese Ash. This handsome hardwood is popular for its grain structure, large dark veins, and providing a lower cost option compared to Australian and European oaks.

Davinci bedroom in Chinese oak

All species of oak, irrespective of country of origin, will take on a wide range of stains making each piece unique and beautiful. Since oak mixes well with other types of furniture, it can be as versatile or traditional as is needed. For more information on which type of oak would be best the best fit for your feel free to contact our customer service team.

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