Pros and Cons of Common Dining Table Material

Select the right dining table material with this guide:

Wood Dining Table

  • Ages beautifully and scratches fade away naturally

  • Hard-wearing, long-lasting

  • Unpolished wood has anti-bacterial properties

  • A wide choice of finishes

  • Cons:

  • Wood furniture is heavy and difficult to move and store

  • Often expensive if top grade woods are used

  • Prone to warping

  • Veneer Dining Table
  • The look of wood without its price. Usually less expensive

  • Does not warp, unlike wood

  • Impervious to water and spills

  • Wide choice of designs

  • Cons:
  • Less lasting than wood

  • May chip at edges

  • Glass Dining Table
  • Its transparency promotes a sense of space

  • Looks modern and sophisticated

  • A breeze to clean

  • Cons:
  • Sharp, transparent edges can be dangerous

  • See-through, so short skirts beware

  • Attracts dust constantly

  • Plastic Dining Table
  • Usually pretty affordable

  • Durable and easy to maintain

  • A wide variety of finishes, colors and patterns

  • Cons:
  • Doesn’t age well. Tends to “yellow”

  • Easily damaged by heat

  • Scratches are obvious and hard to repair

  • Go to these pages for more great advice on selecting the perfect dining table:

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    Dining Table Size - Information on sizing details when buying the dining table and decorating the dining room.

    Dining Table Style - Make a statement and select the right style to add character and flair to your dining room.

    In terms of asthetics, the choice of dining table material affect the look of the space. So unless you're deliberately clashing the decor, ensure the dining table exudes a vibe that fits in with the areas nearby, like the living room. For example, a wooden table comes off as more classic an warm than a glass and metal combination. Each material also has its own pros and cons as illustrated above.

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