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Comparing French Provincial Chairs and Stools

Comparing Provincial Furniture

French Provincial Furniture comes in all shapes and colours. We have experimented with them all and we've come up with the strongest, best quality and best looking French Provincial Dining Chairs, Breakfast Stools and Bar Stools.


Below are the differences in our stools and some of our competitors on the markets. Especially when it comes to the coloured stools. Our natural and brown stools are made from a hardwood oak. Our black and white stools are made from birch wood. The reason behind this is due to the nature and physical appearance of each wood.

Oak vs. Birchwood

Oak is a beautiful hardwood, with a strong underlying grain. This is a majority of its appeal, and for naturally stained or brown stained stools. As a result, we want to show this off. Our Natural and Brown stained Provincial seating range has beautiful visible oak grain underneath the finish. 

Birch is also a hardwood and is closely related to the Oak family. Birch is finer grained and paler in colour, and as such, takes colour paint a lot better than other woods (trust me, we experimented with different woods!). With birch, the paint settles smoothly and evenly with little interference with the paint itself.

Onward to staining/colouring. Attached below is a picture of a close up of joints of a stool. When the product is sprayed with the colour, you have an uneven finish around the joints. This is because the colour cannot get into all the small nooks and cranny of the stool. Alternatively, you can stain every piece of wood involved in the process. This takes a lot longer as staining and drying time is required. However, through the staining process, you are left with a far more even stain, and a better looking product overall.


Note the difference in a Stain (bottom) and a spray on colour (top)


Pattina is what is referred to as the coating, or sheen of the wood or surface of furniture. Furniture enthusiasts are always on the lookout for an “aged patina”, which is acquired usually through age and exposure and skin contact. Patinas can provide a protective layer to materials that would otherwise be damaged by corrosion or weathering. Also, and they are very visually appealing to enthusiasts and amateurs all the same.

Our rattan seating has been treated and brushed with a black finish to emulate this look instead of the synthetic look you get from a clean finished rattan seat top. I hope the photo below can illustrate the differences.



Stools & Chairs Provincial Breakfast Stools are finished with a black wash on the rattan seat giving it the aged look


Our Provincial Dining chairs are the strongest in the market. Besides being made from a hardwood, we have tested the structural integrity of our chair. We have tested the various ways in which the Crossback Chairs can be made and found ours to be the most effective. Other cheaper products on the market use an O-ring to stabilise and strengthen the chair. We have found over time, this will weaken the chair, and can cause lateral side to side movement.

We have employed the use of a curved bracket between all four legs of the chair giving it extra strength in all directions. We also think it looks better too! Have a look below and see what you think.


Cheaper Crossback Seating (Left) vs Stools & Chairs structually stronger chairs


 Call us on 1300 88 92 17, email us or view our French Provincial Products Here. We are always here to answer your questions.


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