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The Benefits of a Round Table

Urban Chic Round Dining Table. 2 to 4 seater

If you’re furnishing a new home or just upgrading your dining room, then you may be looking for a new dining table. Rectangular tables are probably more common these days, but have you ever considered a round table? There are many benefits of round tables, which we’ll be looking at here.

Space-saving

One of the key benefits of round tables is that they save space, meaning they are better for smaller dining rooms and kitchens. You’ll find that your options for seating positions are more flexible with a round table. It can work no matter where you put it, whether that’s in a corner or the middle of the room.

Fit more people around the table

It’s easier to fit more people around a round table. This is because there are no corners where people cannot sit, and the table usually sits on a single pedestal, rather than individual legs which can block off seating areas. Where you are limited to a certain number of people per side of a rectangular table, round tables are much more flexible when it comes to seating. 

They work in any shape or size of room

You would think that a square or rectangular table would fit better into most rooms as they are the same shape, but that is only the case if you put them against the wall. If you do this, you are losing at least one whole side of the table! 

With a round table, less of the room is blocked off. It is easier to get in and out of your seat and move around the table without others having to tuck in for you to squeeze past or even leave their seats.

A more intimate dining experience

Another benefit of round tables is the atmosphere they create when dining with others. Round tables create a more intimate, cosy setting and provide a good conversational experience as everyone can see each other, rather than being split into smaller groups. This means no one is left out at the end of the table! With everyone facing each other, the dining experience is more intimate and inclusive of every guest.

Better for playing games on

While tables are designed for eating at, we often use them as gathering places when we invite friends and family over. Round tables are much better for these types of gatherings and especially for playing games. The common centre of a round table is perfect for board games or card games as all players are an equal distance apart.

No sharp corners

One final benefit of round tables is that they have no sharp corners, making them safer for daily life, especially if you have children. Even if you don’t have children, you won’t miss the risk of bumping a leg or hip into those sharp corners!  

 

Your choice of table should primarily come down to personal taste, but there are quite a few benefits to round tables which could make them the superior choice for your home. If you have a smaller space, or you often entertain guests for dinner, then a round table just might be the right choice for you!

To get some inspiration, you can view our range of dining tables.

 

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How to Choose a Dining Table: A Buyer’s Guide

Signature Grey Square Extending Dining Table

Choosing a dining table can be a bit overwhelming, with the number of different products available. There is an abundance of choice when it comes to size, shape and material, so where do you start? Here, we’ll be looking at how to choose a dining table based on the qualities that matter.

What materials are best for a dining table?

There are quite a few different materials available when it comes to dining tables, but we would recommend opting for solid hardwood for its unrivalled strength, durability and character. Some of the best options are:

Mahogany – Mahogany’s unmistakable and rich red-brown colour is available in a variety of shades and has good stain and corrosion resistance with good workability, meaning some great designs are possible.

Walnut – Walnut is especially good if you are looking for a dining table with an ornate design or detailing as the wood is especially receptive to turning and carving.

Oak – Oak is a popular choice for dining tables for good reason. It is very strong, hard and dense, with a close grain. Oak is also very resistant to everyday wear and tear and its appearance is very versatile, suitable for a range of home aesthetics.

What qualities should you look for in a dining table?

When you choose a dining table, there are a few traits that you should be looking for:

Strength – Your dining table needs to be strong as it will bear a lot of weight. Cheaper, thin materials can create unsteady tables and the last thing you want to be worrying about is something breaking and all the plates falling off the table!

Durability – A dining table is an investment, and you need it to last as long as it should. Having to replace your dining table regularly is both an expense and a headache, but the best dining tables will keep their form, shape and colour for years.

Stain and spill resistance – Dining tables will inevitably be spilt upon, and you don’t want anything to stain when that happens. Solid hardwood tables with the correct finish are great at resisting stains and any spills can be wiped up with a wet cloth.

Consider the aesthetic of the room

One aspect you have probably already considered is the aesthetic of your dining room but it bears repeating. Most people try to match their existing furniture, which is always a good choice, but remember that contrasting dining furniture can work too. 

If you don’t find an exact match with your dining table and chairs, it’s probably better to go for an intentional contrast anyway. When mixing wood tones, it is best to pick a dominant wood tone and then match the undertones using a wood with high contrast to the dominant shade.

Consider the size

When choosing a dining table, size is an important factor. Is the table going to be used in a standalone dining room or an open plan kitchen/diner? In a standalone dining room, the table can probably afford to be a little bigger, but you won’t want to block off too much space in an open plan kitchen/diner.

In smaller rooms, a round table can often be more practical than a square or rectangular table. You will also need to consider how many people your table needs to seat, including guests, if you regularly entertain.

 

These are the factors you need to consider when choosing a dining table, but personal taste accounts for a lot when it comes to your furniture. Just make sure that you are aware of your requirements before you start shopping!

To get started, you can view our range of dining tables.

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What is Mango Wood and Why Is It Used?

Solid dark mango corner television unit. Consisting of 6 shelf spaces and 4 drawers.

Most people have heard of mahogany, oak, and walnut, but do you know about mango wood? In this blog, we’ll be talking about what mango wood is, and what properties it has that makes it such a great crafting material for furniture.  

What is mango wood?

Mango wood is the timber harvested from the mango tree or Mangifera indica, the same type of tree that produces the mango fruit.

Mango trees are native to India, but they can now also be found in a number of tropical climates in places such as Southeast Asia, Brazil, Mexico and Australia, as well as southern Florida and California.  

While mango trees are most commonly grown for their fruit, the timber harvested from the trees is a hardwood that can be used to craft some exceptional furniture.

What does mango wood look like?

Mango wood can vary in appearance, although it is usually light golden brown with darker tones, for a natural appearance that is usually a little darker than oak. Mango can also feature hints of pink, greens, yellows, and black streaks and gets darker with age.

Mango has a pronounced grain, a unique texture and diverse patterns because of a fungus that grows in the wood.

What are the properties of mango wood?

Like other hardwoods, mango has the benefits of being incredibly dense, hard-wearing, and durable, although an exterior finish is required to prevent the growth of fungus if used outdoors. However, compared to other hardwoods, mango is very easy to work with and doesn’t need special tools to be able to carve and is unlikely to crack or splinter when being worked.

Another benefit of mango wood that makes it appealing to manufacturers is that it doesn’t need drying, or extensive processing after being harvested. This means the wood can be

sent for final processing into furniture material more quickly, reducing the lead time of the entire process.

Mango wood is also extremely susceptible to wood staining, the process of colouring the wood while retaining the natural grain pattern. Mango sands easily and then an oil, resin or alkyd-based wood stain can be applied, which binds to the wood’s surface pigment, and then sinks into the wood, making the grain even darker and more pronounced.  

Mango wood is a sustainable hardwood

Mango wood has many of the same qualities as other hardwoods, such as strength and durability, but the use of mango trees is also sustainable.

This is because mango trees are already grown in abundance for their fruit, but naturally reach a point where they stop producing fruit and their nutrients are instead used to grow and strengthen the wood. Once mango trees have stopped producing fruit, the trees are cut down and new ones are planted. Mango trees also mature at a quicker rate, in as little as 7-15 years.

While previously the old trees would either be burnt or left to naturally biodegrade, they are now being used for their fantastic furniture-making properties, providing manufacturers with a sustainable crafting material.

 

Now that you know what mango wood is and what makes it such a great material, why not take a look at our range of mango furniture, including sideboards, dining tables and television units?

 

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What Is Needed for A Home Office?

Twin pedestal desk, reclaimed wood and grey metal legs. File drawer on left, cupboard on right & central flap down keyboard drawer.

Whilst we should see some restrictions being lifted in the near future and more people returning to work, it doesn’t mean that all of us will be going back to the office. 

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, many businesses have learned that workers don’t need to be in the office full time and will continue to encourage their employees to work from home where possible.

One thing people have found when working from home is that they have struggled to create a space that is purely for work, that encourages productivity and is separate from their home life. In this blog, we outline what is needed to create a home office that you can comfortably enjoy working from.

What furniture is needed for a home office?

A good desk

The most important piece of furniture in any home office is a desk to work at, and many of us have made do with the kitchen table for too long now! The desk is the base of operations for your home office setup and needs to be fit for purpose.

There are quite a few different types of desk available, depending on your space and your preferred style. If you want something grand and impressive, there are pedestal desks or bureaus with plenty of built-in storage. However, if space is an issue, you can get desks that double up to serve another purpose or hideaway completely, such as hidden home storage desks and console tables.

A comfortable chair

A comfortable office chair is a home office essential. While you don’t want anything so relaxing that you’re likely to fall asleep in it, you do need a good, sturdy chair with a comfortable seat and good back support. Not only is this good for your posture but it also makes it your home workspace cosier and more inviting.

If you opt for a solid wood office chair, you can even match it to your desk, so that you don’t have to compromise your aesthetic with a traditional plastic office chair. Having a comfortable chair also gives you a place to relax or read outside of work hours if you want your home office space to be multi-functional.

A storage or filing unit

Some jobs will require more storage than others, but no matter what you do, a good storage unit is necessary for any home office setup. Some good quality desks will have all the built-in storage you need for work, but a standalone storage chest, cabinet or bookshelf can double up both for your work admin and your personal correspondence.

How can you convert a small space or turn part of a room into a functional home office?

Many people don’t have a good-sized spare room that can be completely transformed into a permanent office or study. If this applies to you, there are a few things you can do to convert a small space or even just part of a room into a functional home office.

Opt for bespoke pieces

If you only have a very small space or a corner of a room that you are converting into your home office, then it’s best to have bespoke furniture pieces made. This way you can be sure the furniture you buy fits the space perfectly without crowding the room or wasting the space created by awkwardly shaped rooms. 

Even if you don’t want to go bespoke, you can get pieces such as corner desks that are purpose-built to fit these specific spaces, meaning with just one piece of quality furniture, you can convert a corner of your living room, dining room or a bedroom into a fully functional home office!

Choose furniture that can serve multiple purposes

One of the best ways to successfully convert an existing room or part of a room into a home office is to buy furniture that can be used for multiple purposes or can be hidden away when not in use. As mentioned earlier, hidden home storage desks are great for spaces where you don’t need a desk taking up space the whole time, and a desk with a mirror can easily be a dressing table in a spare room as soon as you move your computer.

 

All that is really needed for a functional home office is the right furniture pieces for your space. You don’t have to have a dedicated study or spare room to create a space that you can work from effectively – even the corner of a room can be converted into a workable space.

If you’re feeling inspired to create your new working space, why not take a look at our range of desks, office chairs, and storage units?

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Mahogany vs Walnut: Which Should You Choose?

Rectangular Mayan Walnut Open Coffee Table with magazine shelf

Solid wood is a great choice for furniture and decor – it is strong, durable, and has a timeless look that can suit almost any aesthetic. However, not all woods are equal when it comes to choosing your furniture. In this blog, we will be looking at two popular hardwoods you may be considering – here’s what you need to know about the mahogany vs walnut debate.

Mahogany

Mahogany is a straight, close-grained hardwood, with the close grain a result of slow growth and also what gives the wood its unmatched strength, density, and hardness. There are many species of mahogany, but it is always prized for its distinctive appearance – a deep, rich red-brown colour. Mahogany is reminiscent of Georgian and Victorian furniture, can be polished to a very high shine, and will often darken over time.

Mahogany has many of the advantages typical of hardwoods, such as strength, durability and longevity. It is also resistant to water and rot, as well as general wear and tear. It can work well with a range of finishes such as black or white paint, or wood stains that enhance the natural tones and grain.

Walnut

Like mahogany, walnut is also a close-grained hardwood, but the colour can vary from a light golden brown to a light grey-brown. The grain of walnut wood, like mahogany, is typically straight, although it can have waves or curls that enhance its character. There is also likely to be more colour variation within a single piece of walnut than you will typically find in a single piece of mahogany.

Walnut is hard and resilient, with good resistance to shrinking, warping and decay. Walnut wood is quite easy to work with and, as a result, it is often used for detailed carving and turning, as well as furniture, cabinetry and wood veneers.

Mahogany vs walnut – which is best?

It is hard to say which is a clear winner in the mahogany vs walnut debate as your choice will depend a lot on your aesthetic and both are great woods. There are some external factors, such as budget, which may affect your decision, but even this is negligible in this case; walnut may be slightly cheaper than mahogany, but it is still fairly pricey – in the case of both kinds of wood, you are paying for the quality.

The main difference between these two hardwoods is in the colour. Mahogany has a more ‘classic’ and antique look while walnut is more modern and understated. This means that some home aesthetics may suit one more than the other, but solid wood generally can work well in most settings, whether it’s rustic or more contemporary in style.

 

When deciding what the best choice of wood is for your home, you have to trust your personal taste and consider what matches best with your existing home aesthetic.

Here at AKD Furniture, we stock a huge range of handcrafted mahogany and walnut furniture for all rooms of the house.

 

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A Guide to the Different Mahogany Finishes

As well as being exceptionally sturdy and durable, mahogany has one of the most distinctive and striking appearances of any wood. Different finishes can highlight different aspects of the red-brown tones and the natural grain, or it can be painted to better suit a certain design or colour palette of a room.

We’ve put together a guide to the different mahogany finishes we provide here at AKD Furniture, and where each would be best suited.

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What Colour Goes with Mahogany Furniture?

Solid Mahogany Georgian 3 Drawer Filing Cabinet with Panel Drawer to hold standard suspension files

Mahogany has a timeless and impressive aesthetic, and investing in a statement piece of furniture makes a great addition to your home, but it is not always easy to match the rest of the room with this distinctive hardwood. 

Mahogany wood can be available in a range of tones and finishes but, for the purpose of this blog, we will discuss the colour of mahogany that springs to mind for most – a deep reddish-brown. Here are some suggestions of different colours that pair well with mahogany furniture and will bring the whole room together.

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