Available in solid oak, mango and acacia, wooden chairs, tables and dining sets tend to have a more rustic look and will age well over time. Every piece of wooden furniture is unique, with different characteristics in colour, grain and durability.
There are some more modern takes on wood too with more varied designs, such as industrial-styled slab tabletops with metal legs or contemporary chairs with curved wood backs. Wood can mark and stain, so consider this if you've got pets or young children or if you're more of a minimalist.
Our furniture experts will be happy to tell you all about the benefits of different woods and finishes, how each piece is made, and the pros and cons of solid wood and veneer.
Our buyer says: Dark wood tends to look heavier so it's a better choice for larger dining spaces. If your room is more compact, light-coloured woods like American oak can help increase the feeling of space.
Wood veneers are a practical choice for modern family dining as they are so easy to clean and care for. Veneers are a thin layer of wood applied to another material to give it the appearance of wood, cut to enhance the richness of the grain. Versatile and easier to shape, wood with wood veneers lends itself beautifully to exciting contemporary design.
Our buyer says: it's important to remember that wood veneers are real wood, so your dining table will still feature the naturally beautiful grain of the wood that's used. But because of the way wood veneer tables area constructed, surfaces can be more durable and can guarantee exact colour and grain matches for a neater finish. A wood veneer dining table can be more affordable - but every bit as beautiful - as a solid wood dining table.