Surprisingly there are little similarities between the two woods, both offer very different pros and cons. Pine tends to be suited to rustic, Mexican Furniture and traditional styles, due the colours that it can be finished in and that it can be easily machined to intricate patterns. Oak furniture is used for a wider variety of styles from contemporary oak furniture to traditional oak country designs.
The most fundamental difference between oak furniture and pine furniture is that pine is a soft wood and oak is a hardwood. This means that oak is heavy, hardwearing, strong and has out-standing wear resistance. Pine is moderate in weight, has good shock resistance and high stiffness. Oak takes far longer to grow which is one reason that it is more expensive than pine furniture.
A great selling point for pine furniture is that it is more affordable. It makes great children’s bedroom furniture for this reason, why spend extra on hard wood furniture when they will grow out of it or want a new style when they are teenagers? Pine is almost always used for bunk beds; proof of how sturdy it is.
You can justify spending more money on oak furniture however as it is longer lasting and harder wearing than pine. This makes oak furniture an ideal wood for dining furniture, particularly oak dining tables. Showing an expanse of oak wood on a dining table also looks beautiful, a stunning focus point for your kitchen or dining room. There are many pine and oak dining sets on the website which offer great value for money (save money compared to buying items separately).
Pine is often used for painted furniture which has become very popular recently. Ivory, cream and white bedroom furniture is best suited to pine as it takes stains and paint well. Particular cuts of pine are used that are knot free so that the colour is smooth and consistent. You can follow the link to view all our white furniture.
There is no winner when comparing pine and oak furniture; both are equally beautiful and stylish. The diverse qualities that each one possesses need only be assessed so that you can ascertain the best wood for your home. You can view our complete oak furniture ranges and pine furniture or shop by wood here.