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TABLETOP MATERIALS

We offer two types of tables: all-wood tables and Top + Base tables, which allow you to choose a base style and combine it with a tabletop material that best suits your lifestyle. Learn about the characteristics and performance of our tabletop materials below to find your ideal solution.

SOLID WOOD

Characteristics:

warm, natural look with timeless appeal

unique grain patterns and natural marks

easily mixes with other materials

premium grade and sourced from carefully managed U.S. forests

lacquer finish or oil-and-wax finish

Considerations:

color will change with age

expands and contracts based on humidity in your home

shows scratches and wear, particularly on stained wood

heat and moisture can damage the finish

coasters, trivets and placemats will minimize wear and damage

lacquer requires professional refinishing if damaged

oil-and-wax requires annual reapplication of Room & Board Satin Wax

BUTCHERBLOCK

Characteristics:

natural, classic look with casual appeal

adds the warmth of wood at a lower price

easily mixes with other materials

showcases color variations in natural wood

premium grade and sourced from carefully managed U.S. forests

lacquer finish

Considerations:

not recommended as a cutting or food preparation surface

color will change with age

expands and contracts based on humidity in your home

shows scratches and wear

heat and moisture can damage the finish

coasters, trivets and placemats will minimize wear

round shapes do not feature a beveled edge like round solid wood tops

lacquer requires professional refinishing if damaged

RECLAIMED WOOD

Characteristics:

sourced from early-1900s barns, industrial buildings and factories

warm, natural look with timeless appeal

shows unique dents, nicks, cracks and small holes from its previous use

disguises new signs of wear and use

minimal color change due to age of wood

oiled finish

Considerations:

unique markings can create an uneven writing surface

heat and moisture can damage the finish

coasters, trivets and placemats will minimize wear and damage

requires bi-annual reapplication of food-grade mineral oil

QUARTZ COMPOSITE

Characteristics:

sleek and modern

consistent color and pattern from slab to slab

non-porous, won't absorb stains

durable and easy to clean

does not require sealing

Considerations:

can scratch or chip with heavy use

can discolor from direct or prolonged heat

coasters, trivets and placemats will minimize wear and damage

cool to the touch

larger table sizes require two pieces; a seam will be visible

GRANITE

Characteristics:

modern, timeless look with subtle natural variations

durable and easy to clean

withstands heat

can be used indoors and out

does not require sealing

Considerations:

can stain with prolonged exposure to moisture and oils

can chip or scratch with heavy use

coasters, trivets and placemats will minimize wear and damage

cool to the touch

larger table sizes require two pieces; a seam will be visible

MARBLE

Characteristics:

timeless, modern and natural look

unique patterns vary from subtle to dramatic

withstands heat

develops a matte finish with use

Considerations:

unsealed surface is porous and susceptible to stains

surface will scratch, dull and etch with use and exposure to acidic liquids

coasters, trivets and placemats will minimize wear and damage

larger table sizes require two pieces; a seam will be visible and the pattern will not match

GLASS

Characteristics:

visual lightness creates an open feeling

modern and versatile at a great value

allows a rug, table base or chairs to stand out

withstands moisture and heat

tempered to help protect against injury

easy to clean

Considerations:

shows fingerprints

can scratch or chip with heavy use

can create glare in direct light

cool to the touch

satin etched and colored glass require more maintenance than clear

MEDIUM DENSITY FIBERBOARD (MDF)

Characteristics:

modern look with solid, low-sheen color at a great value

engineered wood product with a durable, non-toxic powder coating; CARB-2 compliant

does not expand or contract with humidity

easy to clean

Considerations:

heat and moisture can damage the finish

can chip or scratch with heavy use

coasters, trivets and placemats will minimize wear and damage

gentle cleaners remove most surface marks

LAMINATED PLYWOOD

Characteristics:

layers of solid wood veneer adhered for strength

laminate top for additional durability

modern look with exposed plywood edges

easy to clean

CARB-2 compliant

Considerations:

not recommended as a cutting or food preparation surface

can chip or scratch with heavy use

heat can damage the finish

coasters, trivets and placemats will minimize wear and damage

Tabletop material samples

See how our tabletop materials will look and feel in your home by ordering a refundable $25 sample.

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