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
Unpolished wood has anti-bacterial properties
A wide choice of finishes
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
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
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
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:
Dining Table - Introduction to choosing dining table, including points to consider before making your purchase.
Dining Table Shape - Advice on getting the shape right to fit into the dining room space.
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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