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Learn About Tabletop Materials

We offer two types of tables: all-wood tables with wood tabletops and wood legs, and Top + Base tables. Our Top + Base tables 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

Walnut
Walnut
Cherry
Cherry
Maple
Maple
Maple with charcoal stain
Maple with charcoal stain
Maple with shell stain
Maple with shell stain
Ash with bark stain
Ash with bark stain
Ash with sand stain
Ash with sand stain

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
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Butcherblock

Cherry butcherblock
Cherry butcherblock
Walnut butcherblock
Walnut 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
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Reclaimed wood

Reclaimed chestnut
Reclaimed chestnut

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
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Glass

Glass
Glass
Satin etched glass
Satin etched glass
White glass
White 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
  • 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
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Quartz composite

Marbled white quartz composite
Marbled white quartz composite
White quartz composite
White quartz composite
Fawn quartz composite
Fawn quartz composite
Beige quartz composite
Beige quartz composite
Fog quartz composite
Fog quartz composite
Grey quartz composite
Grey quartz composite
Bright white quartz composite
Bright white 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
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Granite

Mesabi black polished granite
Mesabi black polished 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
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Marble

Venatino marble
Venatino 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
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Medium density fiberboard (MDF)

White MDF
White MDF
Grey MDF
Grey 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
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Laminated plywood

White laminated plywood
White laminated plywood
Grey laminated plywood
Grey laminated plywood
Black laminated plywood
Black 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
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