Walnut is a beautifully dark and rich wood, bringing a warm and luxurious feeling to a room. Walnut is a hardwood with a straight grain and is available in a range of shades to suit all styles.
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Our guide to walnut furniture will provide you with everything you need to know about buying walnut furniture. We cover walnut furniture qualities as well as its history and how to clean and care for walnut furniture.
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Walnut wood is taken from the walnut tree (otherwise known as ‘Juglans’), which can grow up to 40 metres high. There are 21 species of walnut tree, with the majority now in North and South America, in particular in Canada. English walnut and black walnut are the most common types of walnut used in furniture making.
Walnut wood is an extremely popular resource and has been used in the past as rifle and shotgun stocks as well as a herb in Chinese medicine.
It is not just the wood that is used from the walnut tree! The nuts and kernels from walnut trees are edible and are now a very common food across the world. The shells are used for cleaning soft metals, fibreglass, plastics, wood and stone. Walnut shells are even used to clean automobile and jet engines. As well as cleaning, walnut shells are used in dynamite, flour, and paint thickener.
Today, walnut furniture is increasingly popular amongst new furniture buyers as well as antique furniture collectors.
Black walnut has a density of 660 kg per cubic metre, making it much less dense than oak. It is therefore in high demand from furniture makers as it will hold it shape when ornate detail is carved into it. This also makes it an extremely popular wood for intricate pieces such as headboards and mantelpieces.
Today, walnut furniture is primarily crafted using walnut veneers, due to the high cost of solid walnut wood. Walnut veneers make extremely attractive furniture that has tight grains and is polished to a very smooth finish.
You will soon realise that when it comes to walnut furniture there is a huge range of styles, colours and finishes available. At Oak Furniture Solutions, we like to split different styles of walnut furniture into different ranges, making it easier for you to browse and find complimentary styles. Bentley Designs offer a huge variety of walnut furniture. For darker walnut pieces have a look at the Lyon Walnut range. Oslo Walnut has a distinct Scandinavian style and Mayan Walnut is an eco-friendly, solid walnut range.
Keep your piece of walnut furniture looking like new with our care guide:
Avoid placing your furniture in direct sunlight and in front of windows. Light damage is particularly noticeable on dark furniture such as walnut.
Keep walnut furniture away from heating and air vents as the change in temperature can cause the wood to swell or shrink
Lamps and other decorative items kept on the surface should be moved periodically to ensure that the entire surface remains in its optimum condition and to ensure that the colouration of the furniture matures evenly and uniformly.
Walnut and dark wood furniture are particularly vulnerable to scratches and water rings. Be sure to use coasters and placemats to limit damage. Hot cups or serving dishes can discolour lacquer or resin based finishes and cause waxes to melt.
Do not drag the furniture as this can cause damage to the timber
Dust your furniture regularly as this will remove any abrasive build up
Any spillages on lacquered walnut furniture can easily be wiped clean with a damp, lint-free cloth. Always wipe in the direction of the grain. Spillages should be cleared up as quickly as possible, ensuring that the affected area is completely dry afterwards.
If you do happen to dent or chip your piece of walnut furniture, we suggest repairing it with a touch up filler. These are normally called ‘burn-ins’ and are available from hardware stores.
* Oak Furniture Solutions do not accept any responsibility for any damage caused to furniture by the following of these guidelines. These guidelines are provided as informed suggestions only and are written as general notes for customers. Customers seeking professional, specific after-care advice should either contact us directly or get in touch with a professional polisher or furniture restorer.
We’re pleased to offer a huge range of walnut furniture for every room in the house. You can find our full collection here on our website, organised by room.
For your bedroom, we have a good selection of walnut beds, bedside tables, wardrobes, chests of drawers and more. Our walnut dining room furniture collection includes walnut dining tables, walnut chairs, sideboards as well as walnut dining table and chair sets. We stock a huge range of walnut living room furniture pieces including walnut coffee and occasional tables, oak bookcases, walnut entertainment units, walnut TV cabinets and more.
Most of our walnut furniture pieces form part of a range so you can find matching pieces to complete your look.