10 best-selling oak dining tables
These timeless designs are proving popular on ufurnish.com
Oak dining tables are a timeless classic. It’s hard to beat the warmth of a natural wood finish, and durability of oak means your dining table will stand the test of time.
Solid oak has obvious appeal, but don’t dismiss oak veneer. It may sound less authentic, but veneer – made by slicing premium cuts of oak and gluing them to a man-made backing board – results in a super tough tabletop hardened against everyday knocks. And it’s often cheaper than solid timber.
If space is limited, consider an extendable dining table to seat occasional guests. The two most common types are those that extend from the centre with the addition of a leaf, usually stored beneath the tabletop, and those that extend from the end, courtesy of a hinged piece of wood that folds up and down as required. A third, but less common type, is the radial – a round table that expands when you rotate it, thanks to a clever mechanism of moving dart-shaped leaves.
There are pros and cons to each type – a leaf extension is usually the most stable, and a radial will cost more because of the engineering involved. A hinged version works well in small spaces where the table needs to be pushed up against a wall. Just be sure to test its sturdiness before buying.
The following designs are bestsellers on furnishings website ufurnish.com, which showcases collections from more than 110 retailers.
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1. Calia industrial-style dining table, John Lewis
With strong, welded iron legs featuring a wire-brushed, distressed finish, the Calia has a contemporary, industrial aesthetic. Individual slats of solid oak make up the rustic surfaces, and the unique irregularities of the wood grain give it a natural finish. The Calia seats four and is sturdy and quick to assemble. Priced £499 and available via ufurnish.com.
2. The Pure, Pepper Sq
The Scandi-style Pure extendable dining table in oak veneer is modern and elegant. The contemporary classic from Pepper Sq is available in Milky Oak or Natural Oak finishes. Pair it with Madrid cane dining chairs or Orson leather dining chairs, also available from Pepper Sq. The table us available in two sizes: L160cm (expanding to 230cm) x W90cm x H76cm, and L180cm (expanding to 260cm) x W90cm x H76cm. Priced £1,147 and available via ufurnish.com.
3. The Quentin, Graham & Green
This black oak veneer dining table with sculptural, turned legs exudes gothic drama. The table does require some upkeep and will need to be treated occasionally to keep its colour and look. It can seat up to eight. Dimensions: H77cm x L220cm x W100cm. Priced £1,797 and available via ufurnish.com.
4. Cooper extendable dining table, Perch & Parrow
The Cooper from Perch & Parrow is a country-style extendable round dining table made from solid oak with a storm grey painted finish. It has an oak veneer top and carved solid oak legs. Pair it with the matching Cooper chairs to achieve a contemporary farmhouse look. The table extends from 120cm to 155cm. Dimensions: D155cm x H75cm. Priced £650 from ufurnish.com.
5. The Hinton, Dunelm
The Hinton is a round dining table with softly curved edges and a light oak wood finish. Compact with a clean, unfussy finish, it’s a good choice for smaller spaces and kitchens, seating four comfortably. It’s also available in walnut and full assembly is required. Priced £399 and available via ufurnish.com.
6. Matis farmhouse table, Soho Home
The large, rectangular Matis dining table is crafted from solid oak with an oil finish and characteristic live edge for a rustic, farmhouse feel. Made to order, it’s available in three different sizes and wood stains (oak, grey oak and walnut). Seats four to six people. Priced £3,495 via ufurnish.com.
7. Chevron-finish dining table, Cox & Cox
This stylish blonde oak dining table from Cox & Cox has four slender, tapered legs and a subtle chevron finish. Ideal for a neutral or Scandi-inspired interior, this piece measures H76cm x L160cm x D90cm. It’s also available in an extendable version, with a butterfly mechanism that lengthens the table top to 252cm long. Some simple assembly required. Priced £850 from ufurnish.com.
8. The Austin, Habitat
Clean and elegant, this round oak dining table from Habitat seats four, but an eight-seater rectangular version with matching bench is also available. Made from solid and veneered oak, and protected by a matt lacquer finish, the table has a sculpted pedestal base that nods to classic 50s and 60s Scandi-style design. Dimensions: D120cm x H75cm. Priced £500 and available via ufurnish.com.
9. Black oak dining table, Rockett St George
Made from high-quality oak veneered wood, this black dining table from Rockett St George has a charming woodgrain with smooth finish and turned wooden legs. Seating six-to-eight people, it would be as well suited to dark and daring schemes as it would a classic setting. It measures H77cm x W100cm x L220cm. Priced £1,595 via ufurnish.com.
10. Torino, SCS
The Torino dining room furniture range is ideal for paired-back interiors. Available in an oak or black stain finish, the dining table measures H76cm x L135cm x W80cm, with the option to buy matching dining chairs as part of a package. The table is priced £369.99 via ufurnish.com.
Lead image: The Matis farmhouse table from Soho Home