Live Edge

Mostly Danish is proud to offer a wide selection of live edge tables, chairs, benches and coffee tables. We collaborate with clients, designers and the finest craftsmen from around the globe to bring you the highest quality live edge pieces. Each live edge piece is truly unique, with each piece’s design influenced by the natural shape of the material. If you are near Ottawa, we highly recommend you come visit our showroom today to see our wide selection of live edge furniture, many of which are not yet on our website! Convenient shipping available to Toronto, Montreal and across all North America.

Most Frequently Asked Questions

Live edge furniture is carefully crafted to incorporate the natural shapes and edges of the wood into its design. This gives each piece a beautifully natural and wholly unique look. No two pieces will look exactly alike.
There are a number of reasons why this style of furniture is more expensive than others. Most pieces of live edge furniture are hand crafted with care by master craftspeople. Their expertise shows through in the selection and treatment of wood pieces which can come from incredibly old and large trees, as well as the carving and milling work they do to shape the wood for its intended use. Creating these pieces so that they not only look good, but function as intended, is a long and painstaking process. The pieces we feature are custom crafted and truly one of a kind.

Live edge furniture pieces have different maintenance requirements depending on the type of finish it uses. Pieces will generally have either a lacquer or an oil finish.

A lacquer finish is applied to the surface of the wood and is cured in order for it to harden and seal the wood underneath. It is much easier to keep surfaces clean with a lacquer finish and is typically more durable than an oil finish. It is a little more difficult to perform spot repairs to pieces with this type of finish. Polishing a lacquer finished piece should be done with all-natural products to reduce wear on the finish.

An oil finish is applied to strengthen the fibers of the wood itself. This type of finish does not seal the wood so it is important to clean any spills from the surface right away to avoid them from seeping into the wood and leaving stains. Oil finished pieces also require a little more maintenance as oil needs to be replaced over time. Because the wood is not sealed, spot repairs to pieces with this type of finish are much easier than pieces with a lacquer finish.

There are a few things that you should do when trying to protect your live edge table from damage. The most common types of damage and how to prevent them are:

  • Fading and discolouration
    • Caused by UV light coming in through uncovered windows. Make sure blinds are fully closed and no light from outside hits the table. An alternative solution would be to install UV window film on the windows near the table.
  • Warping
    • If the air in your home is too dry, too humid, too hot or too cold, the wood in your live edge piece can warp and become uneven. This is especially true if the piece uses thinner pieces of wood. Try and maintain a moderate temperature in the room where your table is and fix any sources of drafts in your home. A drafty home is more likely to experience major swings in temperature and humidity.
  • Scratches
    • This could be in the lacquer finish or the wood itself. Scratches in lacquer can be buffed out and polished but eventually it will need to be recoated. If the piece is oil finished, try not to overclean the surface. Using wax or dusting spray too often can create a buildup on the surface which ironically attracts more dust and debris which causes scratches. When using these products, apply a thin coat and wipe down the surface with a damp cloth in between uses.

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