If your kitchen is decorated in a rustic country or country farmhouse theme, nothing would be more complementary than a farmhouse table. These dining fixtures have influences from English and French culture, as well as the American colonial era. They are simply beautiful, stunning and well constructed; durable enough to suit a large family or a couple who enjoys entertaining. When choosing this style of seating for your kitchen, you can choose to go with a true antique or opt for a reproduction instead. In order to be considered an antique, usually the furniture must be at least 100 years old.
The features of this type of rustic, country seating area most often include a large, sturdy top with thick legs. There are clean lines with no fancy curvature or unnecessary grooves. The chairs also feature clean lines and stable legs, although it is usually the chairs that begin to show signs of aging in a vintage set. For this reason, some people choose to purchase a vintage table with a set of new chairs. This type of furniture is handcrafted as well, with careful attention to detail and craftsmanship. These fixtures are usually rectangular in shape, although there are some round designs on the market.
There are many advantages to choosing an antique farmhouse table, especially with the amount of history that the furniture will hold. However, since these fixtures are a century old, they can be difficult to find. The best places to start your search are through an authorized antique dealer or online auctions. Once you do locate one, rest assured that the seating is built to last. After surviving the test of time for decades, the kitchen set stands a good chance of continuing to last in your own home, being a worthy investment. Even better, choosing vintage furniture ensures that no two pieces are the same.
Going vintage is not your only choice, as many people opt for a reproduced farmhouse table instead. These dining sets are equally beautiful and easier to find, as well as less expensive than their antique counterparts. Although they may not share the same rich history, they still sport the same design and quality craftsmanship and can even be custom made to your own specifications. Even better, choosing reproduced country dining sets can be treated so that the top, legs and chairs look as if the wood has naturally aged.
One last idea that incorporates both elements of vintage and modern-day furniture includes building a dining set out of reclaimed wood. The wood can be taken from old barns or farmhouses and used to make a custom set. With the beautiful aging of the wood and the new construction of the pine or oak farmhouse table, these pieces are expensive but certainly worth the extra funds.