One of the more unusual yet most beautiful furnishings you can purchase for today’s modern homes is an elegant oak cupboard. . This stately and solid piece of oak furniture has never gone out of style and lends character and Old World charm to any home lucky enough to have one.
Although the term “cupboard” originally referred to just that, a cabinet full of shelf boards used to store a home’s dishes and cups, the modern meaning is a bit more inclusive. Now, a wooden cupboard is any closed piece of furniture capable of being used for storage. Typical items stored in a cupboard today are linens (blankets, sheets, pillowcases, etc.), liquor, and of course, fine china, with the obligatory cups and dishes.
Why does today’s modern home need an oak cupboard? Homes can always use more storage, and a wooden cupboard offers a uniquely elegant solution. Many cupboards are exquisitely decorated with lovely ornate carvings or scrollwork, so they often serve double duty as storage furnishing and decoration. It is not unheard of for a home to have cupboards in several rooms, serving different storage functions.
Why oak? Furniture built from oak is not only beautiful, it is also extremely durable. Properly maintained and cared for, it can outlast the even most active of families. Furniture made from oak is stronger and sturdier than that crafted from some other hardwoods, such as mahogany, therefore oak is very resistant to damage. It can withstand continued use and stands up very well against everyday wear and tear. A well made piece of furniture can last a lifetime. Some pieces are so special they are passed down as family heirloom. This is especially true of antique cupboards.
Oak is also quite popular because it is so very cosmetically adaptable. Oak furniture can be stained, coated, or even painted in many different colors. There are hundreds of different types of oak which can be used according to your own personal style, and you can easily coordinate your furniture and décor.
An oak cupboard can be as simple or unadorned as you could ever want, with clean, smooth lines, granting understated elegance. It can also be as ostentatious as you could possibly imagine, with hand carved relief scenes carved into the top or doors. Older European style cupboards are indicative of this variation.
One of the challenges when purchasing a new oak cabinet is making sure that the product you are considering is actually made of oak. Far too many companies will make a piece of furniture out of an inferior wood, and then put an oak veneer on the exterior. This tactic may lower the price somewhat, but it lowers the quality significantly. Always question the salesperson thoroughly, and be positive that the wooden cupboard you are considering is truly an oak cupboard.
The cupboard is a unique piece of furniture that has a purpose that is practical but a usage that is purely ornamental in most modern homes. A homeowner can do well if both factors are considered before purchasing.