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The right chairs for your Mac+Wood reclaimed wood table

The right chairs for your reclaimed wood table

Obviously if you are buying a table, you are going to need chairs. The choice of what you sit on is almost as important as the choice of the table. Today we will take you through the tips to choose the right chairs for your reclaimed wood table.


For comfort, the respective scales of your dining table and chairs must be compatible. If you measure from the top of the table to the floor, most dining tables range from 28 to 31 inches high; a 30 inch height is the most common. From the top of the seat to the floor, dining chairs frequently range from 17 to 20 inches high. That means the distance between the seat and table top could be anywhere from 8 to 14 inches. The average diner finds a distance of 10 to 12 inches the most comfortable, but it varies by the thickness of the table top, the height of the apron, and by the size of the diner.

Chair Height

Measure the whole table not just from table’s top to the seat. If the table doesn’t have an apron, measure from the bottom of the table top to the top edge of the chair seat. If the table has an apron, measure from the bottom of the apron to the top of the seat. When measuring chairs also be careful to take into consideration the padding or lack of it as it can make a difference.

Chair Width and Depth

Scale isn’t just about compatible heights. You also need chairs that actually fit under your reclaimed wood table. If they don’t, your diners will be uncomfortable and you could possibly damage the table or chairs. The chairs you place at each end of a rectangular or oval dining table should slide under the table without bumping into the table legs, or into the base of a pedestal or trestle table. If you plan to use two or more chairs on each long side of the table, make sure there’s room to slide them underneath with bumping each other or the table’s base or legs.

Chair backs

The final scale concern when choosing chairs for a mixing room table is the difference between the table height and the overall chair height. Make sure the backs of your chairs are taller than the top of the table. Taller is better, but a height difference of two inches is the absolute minimum. The chairs look squatty otherwise.

At Mac+Wood we also produce matching benches to accompany our reclaimed wood table. These benches are matching from frame to materials used for the tops. They can match the colour of the wood and we will use the same wood you ordered for your table. They also come in the styles of our tables. They are a great option if you want a set of furniture with no added hassle to find something that goes well. They are also perfect for those of you who love to host people and have dinner parties. We can make them in many different sizes ranging from a smaller 2-seater one to a 6+ size.

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Reclaimed wood furniture and your house extension check list

Reclaimed wood furniture and your house extension check list

Going through an extension of your home can be a stressful time and knowing what needs to be done can help deal with some of the stress. At Mac+Wood we like to take the stress out of most situations so you can truly experience the design and quality of our products. Below is our check list to follow when building an extension whether it be in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom or your living room.

Keep costs under control

Costs of a renovation or extension can be cumbersome sometimes and it helps to know where your money is going while the works take place. Remember to consider all additional costs while planning. Additional costs that you should consider are those of the planning and building regulation fees. These vary depending on the size of the project.

Timed to perfection

Once you have accepted your plans with whomever you have employed for the works, you can lodge the plans with your local council. Planning consultation can take up to 8 weeks and building regulations up to 4 weeks.

Choose the right builder

When searching for a building contractor, the best way to proceed is to get many different quotes from several companies. Check if all supplies are included to avoid surprises along the line. Discuss all the features you would like to add with your contractor as they are experienced and can guide you to avoid mistakes. Also, remember to look at their previous works to ensure their quality.

Think about the neighbours

We all know neighbours can be tough to please especially if you have builders around for long periods of time. It is a good idea to ensure that the extension will blend in with the other properties on the street. Getting neighbours involved during the initial stages of design can save a lot of time and money later down the line if they do have any objections or concerns. Even if you are legally entitled to make changes that they oppose, it could be better to compromise than make potentially life-long enemies.

Remember: You’re the boss!

Throughout the course of the project, you may end up dealing with a large number of builders, plasterers, plumbers, roofers and others. The most important thing is to remember is that you are in charge and it is your money.

Don’t be afraid to ask what someone is doing and don’t be afraid to say ‘no’. If you want to make changes once a project has started, make them with your project manager or the building contractor you hired, not the team carrying out the work. Specialist trades people will be able to offer you quality advice, but the decision is ultimately yours, and you should not feel pressured into doing something you don’t want or can’t afford to do.

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The Top 10 people to have to dinner around our reclaimed wood tables

The Top 10 people to have at a dinner party

We often ask ourselves who would we love to meet and share a meal with! The discussion started during one of our many dinners amongst friends and that got us thinking. Who would we love to have sit around one of our reclaimed wood tables? The game is easy, simply choose 10 people, male or female you would love to have around for a meal.

So here we go:

  1. Jamie Oliver

Fun guy, great cook and passionate. We think he would be great to have over. Of course, some might say it is risky but fear not. We know you are amazing cooks and he is a kind natured person he is not going to tell you off for overcooking the chicken.

  1. Ole Kirk Christiansen

Some of you might be wondering who this man is. One word: LEGO. Why would we invite him? We think the answer is who wouldn’t?

  1. Taylor Swift

Charming and beautiful, we think she would bring some great joy to the party.

  1. Harrison Ford (Han Solo)

Any Star Wars fans out there? We certainly are! If we didn’t invite the one and only Han Solo we would live a life of regrets!

  1. Morgan Freeman

Soothing voice, extremely talented and intelligent. Just imagine the talks you could have with him. Plus rumours are his favourite dish is fried chicken. It can’t get better than that.

  1. Helen Mirren

Such an elegant woman. Warm, witty and very down-to-earth. It just makes sense to have her at a dinner party.

  1. Amy Winehouse

Amy had one of the best voices ever. Crowds loved her and so did we. It would a shame to pass on the chance of getting a private concert at the end of the meal.

  1. Emma Watson

Strong personality and very intelligent. She studied literature and is a great storyteller. She is a perfect role model for young girls and is a person to look up to and admire. We’re sure she would be a great guest to have sit around the dining table.

  1. Brian May

For all the Queen fans out there and music fans in general, Brian has to be on your list. He has a PhD in Astrophysics, and is an ace on the guitar. Modest by nature we would love to hear him play in our dining room. Possibly accompanied by Amy Winehouse?

  1. Albert Einstein

Hopefully he wouldn’t start an argument with Mr May over some controversial physics theorem but it would be interesting to listen to what he has to say. Mr Einstein was also known for being humble and hilarious, so he would probably have everyone cracking up by the end of the meal.

The list could go on and on but we have managed to round it down to these 10. Who would you want to have over for a meal. Have a go at thinking about it around your dining table and comment below to let us know what you think!

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Modern Dining Style

Modern Dining Style

Contemporary style is usually defined by clean lines, open spaces and natural colours. So why not bring this into your dining area. From incorporating slight colour to keeping it monochrome, there are lots of different types of modern styling.

This dining area has a rustic approach to a modern dining style, the earthy tones keep the room neutral and relaxing. A burning fire can make any room warm and cosy, while the simple touch of the white flowers keep the room fresh and vibrant.

Here they have used mainly blacks, greys and browns, the room has used accessories that compliment each other like the stone bowl and the brown vase with pale flowers. The use of different materials creates texture in the room.

All white dining areas are great to create fresh and open space, the simple accessories on the table really leave a sense of calm in the room. Pale blue, green and greys have been added which is great to add a little bit of colour so it doesn’t feel to clinical. They are also the perfect accompaniment to modern furniture made from reclaimed material, because the elegant simplicity leaves plenty of space for uniqueness and imperfections in the materials.

In this room there has been a great use of different coloured woods, the lampshades are simple but sleek because they are large they become a centre point for the room. The white chairs really stand out against the dark colours, the contrast between the white chairs and dark table really help balance the room out.

So here is some inspiration to make your dining area more modern, there are so many different styles of modern dining rooms that you are sure to find one that you like.

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Get the restaurant look in your home with a modern dining table

Get the restaurant look in your home with a modern dining table

Are you looking at creating that restaurant look in your home? There are various routes you can take to make sure you hit the nail on the head. These may include a modern dining table, chairs, booths and benches.

Are you the type to host lots of parties and barbecues during those summer days? Or do you like to have a dinner party during the winter because it’s cold outside? All this while you want that restaurant feeling? Then a big modern dining table made from reclaimed wood could be the solution for you!

Modern dining tables, especially those made from reclaimed wood can give that sense of grandeur to your guests and make you feel like proud hosts. Starting from greeting your guests and taking them to the dining room, they will immediately notice the centrepiece that an important dining table is.

The way you position the table or even set the table can have an influence on how people perceive your modern dining experience. If you are going for the restaurant look then there are e few simple steps you could take.

Choose the style. If you have a dining table made from reclaimed wood, chances are you would like to show it off to all of your guests. Our suggestion is to not bother with a tablecloth as these types of surfaces are extremely hardwearing and the more they get used the more they have a story to tell.

Once you have chosen your style you can choose the complements, such as a centrepiece. Make sure it isn’t too big though. An object in the middle of the table should never cover anybody’s vision and should always be something that can tie the theme of the evening together. Many restaurants will have centrepieces with some raw ingredients, such as fruit and vegetables, which would certainly be very suitable to add to that rustic feeling.

Next, set your table just like they do in restaurants. Place chargers on the table, then put the plates on top of each one. Add napkins to the left and place the forks to the left, knives to right, desert cutlery in front of the plates and glasses slightly to the left of them. Et voilà, you have set your table to perfection.

It is important to remember that a restaurant dining experience is not only the food, but also the surrounding environment. Creativity plays an important role when the whole experience is concerned.  Highlight all the visual aspects of the room and the food to enhance the senses.

At Mac+Wood we believe the table is just as important when it comes to creating a restaurant like experience at home, so, be sure to highlight your dining experience with one of our tables.

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Reclaimed wood in farm house kitchens

The modern take on farmhouse kitchens is a sympathetic combination of the sleek and pristine materials we would associate with a contemporary kitchen, with the sturdy, functional and tactile natural materials you would expect in a traditional farmhouse.

We know all about marrying together contrasting materials to create stunning bespoke dining tables that are both functional and eye catching. Our combination of satin finished metal against carefully selected reclaimed wood makes our work extremely versatile and fits into just about any modern kitchen perfectly.

The colours of the wood are great against farm house colours such as creams, blues, yellows and reds. The table is made beautifully and can be the focal point to any kitchen. Our tables are made to the highest standards and designed to last.

So if you have a modern kitchen and you are looking for the right table to bring a warm and tactile element to the room, we have lovely rustic tables of tailor made to fit perfectly. Have a look at our gallery to see the work we do in more detail.

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Why choose reclaimed wood?

Reclaimed wood has become more popular in the last few years, with fashions changing so rapidly it can be difficult to have furniture which goes with everything.

Reclaimed wood is a beautiful way to bring life to your house and blend in with any design. From modern, rustic or bright and colourful any room can benefit from the joys of reclaimed wood dining tables, coffee tables and desks.

While the wood itself is beautiful it also has other benefits such as being more environmentally friendly, by reusing materials we don’t need to source new ones. In short, fewer trees are cut down which has obvious benefits to wildlife, ecosystems and their environment.

Not only is reclaimed wood ethical, the unique colour and style of the wood itself gives both a bespoke and homely feel to any room and will be the talking point of your house. The material stands up incredibly well to hard use and wear, and it doesn’t negatively affect the finish of the wood at all. This makes it an ideal centerpiece for busy parties, family gatherings and quiet evenings in.

The reclaimed wooden tables we offer are beautifully photographed in our gallery, so you can discover what makes these tables, coffee tables and desks so special.

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Modern Office Style

When you have to work in your office all day it can become something of a second home, you since you are there everyday you don’t want the room to be dull and boring.  We want to inspire you with some modern offices to help brighten your work space into something you are pleased to see in the morning.

Combining different materials in a modern room such as plastics and reclaimed wood is an instant way to add some style to your office.

This is a great example if you only want subtle modern elements in your office. The big metal lamp really makes this set up, it gives it a vintage feel but the metal makes it more modern. Its a great way to slowly incorporate modern elements into the room.

Here is a great example of an office with very clean lines, the set up flows very well to warm up the room even more you could use a reclaimed wood table which would look great with the black floors and windows. The use of two lamps keeps the room clean especially the floor lamp which.

This room has some hints of colour from accessories, which gives the room its own tone so it doesn’t look too bland . The all white theme surrounding the colour keeps the room fresh and bright, great for anyone who loves contemporary style but needs more interest.

This is a great one for anyone who just loves monochrome, black and white always looks beautiful together, and stylish, and then the pictures and trinkets make the work space more homey. If you wanted to warm it up this would also be a great room to have a reclaimed wood desk to give it that bespoke element.

These are all lovely examples of different modern office styles which you could bring into your work space. All of them would look great with one of our reclaimed wooden desks and tables. If you would like to see how you could incorporate one of our own bespoke coffee tables or work desks into a space like this, we have a stunning gallery with some of our work in place for you to see.

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The right chairs for your Mac+Wood reclaimed wood table
Reclaimed wood furniture and your house extension check list
The Top 10 people to have to dinner around our reclaimed wood tables
Reclaimed Wood Table Top – Handmade Reclaimed Wooden Table Tops
Modern Dining Style
Get the restaurant look in your home with a modern dining table