Sunlight is very important for the growth of trees, but once that tree has been made in to oak furniture, it will require some specialist actions to take care of it. So, just how do you take care of oak furniture in conservatories?

Camber Oak Table

Oak Furniture in a Conservatory: How Do Environmental Conditions Impact?

Conservatories get us closer to nature without going outside. Even in their typical habitat of the suburban garden, these places make great wildlife observatories for animals such as birds and foxes.  However, given our cold northerly climate, blinds are not often a necessary part of reducing glare and heat, this can be unwelcome news for furniture as long term exposure to UV can cause colours to fade. 


For many people, you are unlikely to be too concerned by the fade.  This is because if your conservatory is relatively evenly lit, the item will fade together, giving them a uniform look. But if this can be annoying if only part of the wood is exposed to sunlight, as the discolouration will not occur evenly on the surface.


If your conservatory is not heated, it can lose heat over night. In the summer, this is of little consequence, but in the winter where the cooling effect can be more severe, it can also prove problematic for furniture. It is just as important to keep oak furniture out of the way of radiators and other heating devices.


However, if there is not rapid and extreme heating and cooling (something unlikely in the relatively temperate weather in the UK, then you are far more likely to suffer from fading than cracks.


Why Does Oak Furniture Fade?

Oak furniture fades due to ultraviolet energy radiated from the sun. The UV light is the primary cause for bleaching or wood products.  It is important therefore, to remember that even if a room is particularly cool (as it might be in the winter), that your furniture can still have damage inflicted on it from the UV.


Oak Table Protection

Throughout its lifetime, you can take care of oak furniture quite simply.  The most common way to look after the furniture is to provide it with a regular coating of wax or oil.  We wouldn’t recommend using standard domestic polishes as they do not reach deep down in to the wood. To get the best results, beeswax is the preferred wax for oak wood.


Whilst we can never stop fading completely, polishing regularly will help protect your furniture from the worst excesses of fading.  As a bonus, it can also help protect it from both stains from glasses plates and cups and from any insect infestations that may make themselves at home in your conservatory.


To ensure that the oak furniture in your conservatory is cared for you should oil or wax your oak furniture at least once every couple of months to protect it through its early years.  Once you have owned the furniture for around two years, you should continue to wax it around twice a year