Mahogany is a rare and expensive wood that is used to make fine furniture. This wood is very durable with its beautiful reddish brown coloring and beautiful grain. The furniture that comes from this wood transcends with a traditional quality the like of which no other wood can match. If you are looking for a set of cheap dining room furniture on sale, you should be on the lookout for mahogany. Well made mahogany furniture will only increase in value over time, so not only can it form a functional set of dining room furniture, but it makes for an excellent investment as well.

What is Mahogany and Where does it come from?

African/ South American and Caribbean/West Indian are two different varieties of mahogany. The African/South American blend of mahogany makes the fine furniture that we know today. The Caribbean/West India mahogany is a bit more rare because of overharvesting. Mahogany is a wonderful wood that finishes with brilliance like no other, and is great for carving due to its extremely straight grain largely deviod of pockets and other imperfections. The wood is so resistant to rot that it was a popular choice for boat construction in the Carribean when quantities were abundant.

Investing in Mahogany Furniture

Although mahogany furniture takes on a traditional appearance, it will enhance many other decorating styles. If you are looking for grace and elegance, furniture made with mahogany is for you. Just a few piece of mahogany furniture here in and there in your home will accent rooms in your house. Even for someone on a limited budget, a piece or two of mahogany furniture such as a nightstand or end table will add to the beauty of that room. If you are looking for an investment that will last a life time, a mahogany armoire or dining room table is a highly recommended choice.

What to Look for When Buying Mahogany

Because of the overharvesting of mahogany to make furniture, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding this special wood. IKEA, furniture manufacturer will not sell any mahogany furniture at all because of the controversy. If you are looking for genuine antique pieces of mahogany furniture in stores, look for a special label that says, "Genuine mahogany" on it. If you are unsure if a piece of furniture is mahogany, ask a sales person to help you.

How to get Discounted Prices: Buying Used Mahogany Dining Room Furniture

Because this type of wood is rare, it makes the furniture very expensive relative to other woods. That does not, however, mean you cannot find a great deal. There are many places where you can find mahogany dining room furniture for cheap. This will almost always mean buying previously owned pieces, but mahogany preserves so well that this should in no way deter you.

Try going to some estate sales, you may be able to pick up a few pieces at pretty reasonable prices. The larger estates will advertise their sales several days in advance and they will often post a list of what will be in the auction/sale so you can plan your maximum bids in advance.

Newspapers are another great source for finding pieces of furniture for far below retail prices. Though the newspaper is losing popularity to the internet, checking the classifieds can yield some great finds. Because more and more sales are taking place online, a piece of furniture listed in a newspaper probably has fewer potential competing buyers, and you might end up with the deal of the decade.

Of course, online classifieds are another place to look for cheap mahogany furniture. The principle is the same as with newspapers, but the prospective buyer can now view items being sold all across the globe. Be aware of shipping costs if you're buying mahogany furniture from overseas! In this case it will usually be cheaper to buy at retail prices.

Online auction websites such as eBay are yet another place to find used mahogany dining room furniture for cheap. You are likely to find pieces and designs that are no longer manufactured, which can help you create a truly unique dining room setting.

Another avenue to consider is some of the smaller family owned furniture stores. These often buy from auctions and other places, so they may have what you are looking for. You can negotiate with them (unlike large retailers) to bring down the price.

Styles of Dining Tables

What is the first room you see when you walk into some homes? The answer is often, the dining room. The dining room is the place where you sit most of the time to have coffee or tea with a friend. You entertain and have parties in the dining room. You vacations are also spent around the dining room table. The table that you want to be the center of attention is one that will be the talk of the party. You want a table that is not only sturdy but elegant as well.

With this in mind, there are three different types of tables:

Counter Height Mahogany Dining Table

The counter height dining set is a beautifully elegant and contemporary style dining room table. The set comes with 8 bar stools. This dining set will go with the most contemporary décor. This could be the one item that would set the mood for relaxation and good conversation.

Vintage Mahogany Dining Table

This brilliant table is a representation of elegance and beauty that comes from mahogany furniture. The style is an old age style with elegant and demonstrative design elements. It has a double pedestal base and the carvings on the table itself increase the elegance and splendor.

The Antique Replica Colonial Mahogany Dining Table.

This particular table is carved by hand for the traditional quality to stand out. It is a solid and large table that is elegantly finished with sturdy carved legs. It is eight foot long with more than enough room for family and friends to join in the festivities.