A dining table is the most important purchase that will be made for a dining room, whether it is casual or formal. Choosing between different materials for your dining room table can be a daunting task, especially when there are pros and cons for each material. Knowing the pros and cons of a wood table versus a marble table can help make the decision easier.
About Marble Tables
Marble dining tables feature a slab of marble that sits on top of a base. The base can be made of many different materials, including wood, metal or even another type of stone. These tables come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Many manufacturers may work with the customer to find the right type of edging style, which can vary from an angled beveled edge to a rounded or squared edge.
About Wood Tables
Wooden tables are a staple in many homes in the United States. Wood is available in a plethora of different finishes, not including paint colors, which makes the possibilities endless. Tables built from wood are also extremely versatile and come in many different sizes, shapes and decor styles. Wood can be carved, cut and even molded into different shapes and styles.
Pros and Cons of Marble Tables
Marble tables are often associated with expensive taste, so having one can make a room feel classy and formal. However, it is possible to put a marble table in an eat-in kitchen for a more casual feel. Marble is extremely durable and sturdy, but, as with many stone products, it does require regular maintenance, including regular resealing. Spills must be cleaned up immediately, as the liquids can seep into the stone and cause damage. Heavy objects can scratch the finish or even scratch the stone itself if the marble has not been properly sealed. When shopping for a marble table, make sure you check for cracks and damage to the marble both before and after its arrival in your home.
Pros and Cons of Wood Tables
Today, not all "wooden" tables are made from actual solid wood. The ones that are tend to age well and last a long time, making them a good investment for a family. However, wood tables can be expensive, depending on the quality and type of wood used. Wood tables can be extremely heavy, making them difficult to move if necessary. Over time, wood tables can warp, even if they're properly maintained. These tables should be cleaned regularly with the correct products and, if necessary, resealed on a regular basis to help prevent damage to the finish. Scratches and dents can be hard to cover, as finishes can be difficult to match. That aside, wood tables can look great in both casual and formal dining rooms.
Jennifer Gittins began freelance writing in 2006. Her articles have appeared on the websites of "Wall Street Journal" and "USA Today." Gittins enjoys covering a variety of topics, including pet care, green living, interior design, architecture and gardening. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in interior design and an associate's degree in architecture.