Our Cabinet Quality
We’re all about quality – and 100% solid hardwood
We care about quality, so we start with solid hardwood.
Hardwoods are dense in form. This means that furniture made from it is resistant to marks and pits – it’s furniture that can withstand the stresses of family life. And when furniture is made from hardwood using mortise and tenon, lap miter, and dovetail joints – put together properly – you’ve got furniture for life.
All our cabinet furniture is made with 100% solid hardwood, all through – that includes backs, bases, and drawers. We use our expertise in hardwood carpentry and design to make modern furniture using classic carpentry techniques. That way, we know our furniture is properly made. All the right joints are used in the right places – we know our furniture is built to last. And we can guarantee you’ll never find veneer or particle board – just solid hardwood.
Designs unique to us start in-house. We take notice of what customers want, and what’s on trend. You’ll always find enduring country styles as well as lighter, modern looks in our collections. Painted furniture features too, with a smooth painted finish on the top, and always 100% solid hardwood underneath.
Our commitment to quality extends to our sofas and recliners too. When we say a sofa is leather, it means leather all over – including backs and sides. Fabric covers are smooth and durable. We use the best in modern fibre and foam fillings to make sure the backs have a luxurious feel, and the seats are comfy and retain their shape. Many of our sofas have plump free cushions, so they always look great. And hardwood crops up again, as we use it in our sofa frames for strength.
So you can see that quality is built in to our finished furniture – all at prices you wouldn’t expect.
Panelling on the back
To prevent warping or bowing over larger areas, we use tongue and groove panelling. You’ll find this on the backs of our furniture and in drawer bases.
Solid drawer construction
Our drawers are all made from solid hardwood, and that includes backs, bases, and sides. With the whole cabinet made from the same material, it means that natural expansion and contraction of the wood all works together.
Traditional carpentry techniques
Dovetail joints, cross halving joints, mortise and tenon – these are all traditional techniques that we use to make our cabinet furniture stronger, and last longer.
Many of our cabinets and dining tables have flotation panels in the top surface. They’re a feature that allows for the natural movement of wood, but keeps it from warping out of shape. That way, the surface is kept level, joints aren’t put under unnecessary strain, and the furniture lasts longer.
Our woods and finishes
When it comes to the wood we choose to craft our 100% solid hardwood furniture from, we can be a bit picky.
Obviously oak is our first choice - after all, it’s in our name. It has a great history in British furniture design. In fact, we can find examples of oak being used all the way back to the Stone Age!
But why is oak such a good choice for high quality furniture? Well, it had a unique combination of characteristics which make it strong, highly workable, and strikingly beautiful. All hardwood is rated on a scale (called the Janka rating) to test its resilience. Oak falls at the perfect place on the Janka scale, at around 1360 (versus pine which is rated around 420). This means that oak furniture is hard, but not too hard; it’s resilient enough to take knocks from everyday living, but also its resistant enough to moisture so that it doesn’t expand and contract excessively with the weather - the phenomenon that makes door and drawers from lesser woods to buckle and stick!
And while oak is in what we like to call the “Goldilocks Zone” (it’s just right for furniture construction), there are a few other stunning hardwoods that we love, that give a beautiful variety of finish. Exotic mango wood and painted hardwood are two perfect examples.
Mango furniture is particularly striking; it boasts a wide range of rich reddish and golden brown tones in its timbers with a stand-out grain pattern. It often has dark whorls and patterns that enhance the character of the pieces. Plus, mango wood is highly sustainable; we use trees that were formerly on fruit plantations. Mangoes only produce fruit for 15-20 years, and in the old days the older trees would be cleared and burnt or left to rot to make way for new trees. Instead, we reclaim these as a by-product of the fruit industry, for long-lasting pieces you can feel good about buying.