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12th Jun 2023
Markings in Oak Furniture
Understanding the Beauty of Medullary Rays in Oak Wood

Understanding the Beauty of Medullary Rays in Oak Wood


Oak furniture often exhibits small white marks or specks that may be mistaken for water damage or storage issues. These marks, known as Medullary Rays, are actually a natural feature of oak wood that adds charm, character, and overall beauty to each furniture piece.

The Nature of Medullary Rays:

Medullary Rays, also referred to as pith rays, oak figures, or tiger stripes, are horizontal rays that extend from the core of a tree towards the bark. They are present in all trees, but are most pronounced in red oak and quartersawn white oak. These rays manifest themselves in various ways across the face of the wood.

Causes of Medullary Rays:

Medullary Rays are formed by plant cells that stretch away from the tree's cells or growth rings. These ribbon-like cells carry sap through the trunk, making them an essential part of the tree's growth process. When the trunk is cut, these cells produce silvery marks on the sawn area, which become more prominent when the oak is polished, varnished, or oiled.

Misconceptions and Significance:

Medullary Rays are often mistaken for damage or flaws in the wood. However, they are actually indicative of furniture items made from the finest and most expensive quarter-sawn wood. Quarter-sawn timber, which is produced through a slower process, possesses greater strength and displays a higher number of medullary rays on its surface.

Other Natural Timber Markings:

Apart from medullary rays, there may be other markings on oak furniture that are natural characteristics of the timber used in its construction. Cracks or splits known as Shakes are typically filled and do not pose a concern. Checks are cracks caused by tension in the outer parts of a tree and are not problematic if they are surface-level. Knots, circular or oval-shaped markings, occur when new branches grow or due to tree scarring. These natural features contribute to the unique and interesting personality of real wood.

Appreciating Medullary Rays:

Just like knots and other natural markings, medullary rays should be embraced as part of the appeal and charm of oak furniture. They signify the many years a tree has lived through, adding to the beauty and uniqueness of each piece.

Medullary Rays as a Sign of Quality:

Medullary rays are indeed a sign of furniture made from the finest organic materials. At Upholstery Designs, we carefully select the highest quality oak for our collections, so you may find these beautiful rays in the timber we use. We encourage our customers to take pride in and appreciate the naturally occurring markings in their wooden pieces, as they represent sophistication, quality, and fine craftsmanship.


When admiring your oak furniture, the silver sparks of light along its surface serve as a reminder of the painstaking labor and love invested in its creation. Medullary rays are not flaws, but rather unique features that enhance the allure and individuality of each piece. Embrace the natural beauty of medullary rays and let them be a source of pride in your home.

06th Feb 2023
Aquaclean for an easy life
"5 Benefits of Choosing Aquaclean Fabrics for Your Sofa

Are you in the market for a new sofa but don’t know what kind of fabric to choose? Look no further than Aquaclean fabrics. Here are five benefits of choosing Aquaclean fabrics for your sofa:

Easy to Clean: One of the most appealing benefits of Aquaclean fabrics is that they are incredibly easy to clean. With just water, you can remove most spills, stains and dirt. No more hassle of dragging out the stain remover or taking your sofa to the dry cleaners.

Durable: Aquaclean fabrics are made from high-quality materials that are designed to last. They are resistant to fading, pilling and wear, so your sofa will look great for years to come.

Safe for the Environment: Aquaclean fabrics are environmentally friendly. They are free from harmful chemicals and are biodegradable, so you can feel good about your purchase.

Comfortable: Aquaclean fabrics are soft and comfortable to the touch. They are perfect for snuggling up on the sofa with a good book or a movie.

Versatile: Aquaclean fabrics come in a variety of colors, patterns and styles, so you can easily find the perfect one to match your decor. Whether you prefer a bold and bright look or a more neutral and calming style, you’ll find what you’re looking for with Aquaclean fabrics.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a sofa that is easy to clean, durable, environmentally friendly, comfortable, and versatile, look no further than Aquaclean fabrics. Upgrade your sofa today and enjoy the benefits for years to come."
04th Feb 2023
Fun Facts about Sofas
Fun Facts About Sofas

Fun Facts About Sofas

Sofas are an essential piece of furniture in any home, and there is much more to them than just providing a comfortable place to sit. Here are some fun facts about sofas that you might not know.

  1. The word "sofa" originated from the Arabic word "suffah," which means a raised platform or bench used for reclining.
  2. The first sofas were created in ancient Egypt, around 2000 B.C., and were made of stone.
  3. The sofa as we know it today, with cushions and a soft frame, was first introduced in the 17th century.
  4. The Victorian era saw the introduction of the chaise lounge, a type of sofa with a long seat that is perfect for lounging and taking naps.
  5. Sofas were originally only found in wealthy homes, but by the 20th century, they had become an essential piece of furniture in most households.
  6. The most popular color for sofas is still neutral, such as beige or gray, as it can easily match any decor style.
  7. The average person spends about 6 hours a day sitting on their sofa, which means that over the course of their lifetime, they will have spent nearly 20 years sitting on it.
  8. Sofa beds, which can convert from a sofa to a bed, were first introduced in the early 20th century and were a popular solution for space-saving in small apartments.
  9. Some of the most luxurious sofas in the world can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and are made of the finest materials, including leather, velvet, and silk.

In conclusion, sofas are more than just a piece of furniture, they are a symbol of comfort, style, and luxury that have been around for thousands of years. Whether you prefer a traditional or modern look, there is a sofa out there that will fit your needs and style.

31st Jan 2023
Why Buy from Upholstery Designs
Upholstery Designs in Hull is the best place to buy a sofa. They offer a wide range of comfortable and stylish sofas to meet your needs and budget. Here are some reasons why you should buy a sofa from Upholstery Designs in Hull:

1. Quality: Upholstery Designs in Hull uses only the highest quality materials and construction techniques to ensure that your sofa lasts for years to come. The sofa frames are made from solid hardwood and the cushions are filled with high-density foam to ensure that they keep their shape and comfort over time.

2. Style: Whether you're looking for a traditional, modern, or contemporary sofa, Upholstery Designs in Hull has a style to suit your taste. They offer a wide range of colours, fabrics, and patterns to choose from, so you're sure to find the perfect sofa for your home.

3. Customisation: Upholstery Designs in Hull allows you to customize your sofa to meet your specific needs and preferences. You can choose the size, shape, and style of your sofa, as well as the colour and fabric to match your decor.

4. Comfort: Upholstery Designs in Hull sofas are designed for comfort. The cushions are soft and plush, and the sofa frames are built to provide the perfect balance between support and comfort. Whether you're relaxing after a long day or entertaining guests, your sofa from Upholstery Designs in Hull will provide a comfortable and stylish seating solution.

5. Expertise: Upholstery Designs in Hull has 45 years of experience in the upholstery industry and they use this expertise to supply high-quality sofas that meet the needs of their customers so you can always count on Upholstery Designs in Hull for all of your sofa needs. In conclusion, if you're looking for a high-quality, comfortable, and stylish sofa, look no further than Upholstery Designs in Hull. With a wide range of options to choose from over two floors, expert guidance, and unbeatable quality and comfort, Upholstery Designs in Hull is the perfect place to buy your next sofa.
28th Jun 2022
45 Year Anniversary Sale Now On
Wow where do the years go! We are celebrating 45 Years trading this year and what better way to do it than with a big Sale!!! One thing we've learnt over all these years is that we wouldn't be the company we are today without the support and loyalty of you all. Thank you every one of you that has visited us, bought from us or just recommended us to you friends over the years. This sale is for you! Read our full story Here!
17th Jun 2022
Top 5 home style trends May 2022
Interested to know the latest trends are? Whether its for sofas, dining or art we have you covered in this easy to read guide.

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22nd Dec 2021
Store Closed for Christmas Break
The store is currently closed for a few days so everyone can have a well deserved Christmas Break. We'll reopen on the 27th December at 10am. Hope you see you in the near future. Kind regards Ian, Donna, Hannah, Brett and Mark.
18th May 2021
Road Works
Had a few phone calls this week regarding road works. Our store is NOT effected by the Spring bank road works as they are further down the street. If you are coming from the West of Hull there are no road works (that we're aware of) If coming from the East the road is closed between Chanterlands Avenue and Walton street so best to come up Albert Avenue off Anlaby Road or Up Chants Avenue and then back down Priory Road. Any enquiries please give us a call on 01482 572514. Thank You Ian and Donna
30th Mar 2021
Planned Re-Opening on Monday 12th April
We would like to thank customers for their patience during what has been a very difficult period for retailers in general. The Government has announced that homeware stores will be able to re-open on Monday 12th April at the earliest, and provided this date is not extended our store will re-open then.

At the present time deliveries are continuing and collection is possible by appointment from our warehouse for orders that have been placed and paid for. Staff are available on the phone during our normal opening hours to give advice, provide updates on existing orders and take new orders, and we are processing website orders.

We have put measures in place to ensure our store is as safe as possible for our customers and staff when we re-open, and in line with Government guidance face coverings will be required unless exempt. No appointment will be needed. We are looking forward to seeing customers back in-store soon!
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