Relevant categories: Dining Chairs,Dressers and Sideboards,Dining Sets,Dining Tables
Farmhouse furniture is incredibly popular now. People seem to love the warm, cosy, live-in style that it offers over more modern styles. There are plenty of furniture companies currently making a roaring trade selling authentic looking farmhouse furniture. However, for those looking to adopt this rustic theme, but are not interested in modern ‘knock-offs’, there are beautiful and genuine pieces around, that will meet you desires, if you look hard enough.
You don’t have to live on a farm to enjoy farmhouse furniture, although, un-surprisingly, this is where the style originated from. The farmhouse furniture style came-about through necessity rather than taste. All authentic farmhouse furniture is made from materials that were readily available around the farm. From wood to iron, steel, brass, and recycled or upcycled items and even animal products, nothing on a farm was wasted and this reflects in the style, form and function of farmhouse furniture.
Large items of farmhouse furniture, such as, tables, dining chairs, cupboards and chests, are usually made from wood, either cut for purpose locally, recycled or reclaimed, with metal reinforcements and fixings. The finish tends to be either bare, varnished or painted white. The fixings may be polished brass or, more commonly, blackened iron. It is not uncommon for smaller pieces to be made from other items that have passed their usefulness and given a new lease of life. An example of this practice is using broken or obsolete farm machinery parts for lamps, kitchen containers or anything else they can be turned into or made use of.
Practicality is another strong influence of farmhouse furniture. Everything has a purpose including the kitchen sink! You may have noticed how large and deep kitchen sinks are in farmhouses and cottages, and perhaps, wondered why? The answer is simple, they needed to be practical. Families had to be able to wash produce, baby animals and even their own infants int the kitchen sink, as well as have somewhere to contain the detritus from chores like plucking chickens. There are similar reasons for the look of most farmhouse style furniture, function leading to form and this rustic style is made all-the-more interesting for it.
At Canonbury Antiques we carry refectory tables - perhaps the ultimate in kitchen dining, alongside all manner of oak dining chairs, including Windsors, ladderbacks, spindlebacks and Mary Tudor. We carry many farmhouse dining sets where you can chose the type of chair to go around your kitchen table. Please visit us in our Canonbury Antiques Hertfordshire showroom.
Please enjoy some videos of our refectory tables and farmhouse furniture range from the Canonbury Antiques YouTube channel:
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