Want to know how experts pick the best wood for stunning table tops that complement any home? Here are a few key factors to think about.
- Hardness and Density: The harder and denser the material, the longer it will last. But please don’t get us wrong: you can still create beautiful tables from softer types of materials too. They just may look different after a while. The Janka Scale is used to rate the hardness of the wood, with higher numbers meaning harder wood. If you’re looking for a rustic look with clean lines, hickory is your best bet – it has a rating of 1820 on the Janka Hardness Scale.
- Durability: The type of wood you choose for your dining table will affect how durable it is. If you don’t mind a few scratches and stains that give the table character, then pick a softer wood. But if you want the table to look pristine after years of use, go with hardwood like a poplar.
- Color and Finish: One of the most crucial aspects for many shoppers is appearance. The color of the tabletop and wood grain will have a huge effect on how the custom table looks with your home’s décor. A few self-reflective questions to consider: would you prefer to appreciate the inherent beauty of the wood with its existing finish, or have an option that you can customize yourself with color and protect with beeswax or a coat of wood veneer? The wood grain you select is a personal preference. Some people want a unique pattern like variegated, while others prefer the straight grain for a sleeker appearance. The natural color of the wood will also play into your choice. For instance, if you’re looking for dark golden brown tones, maple would be an ideal option; whereas pine creates a lighter and brighter look. There’s no wrong answer, choose whatever surface YOU think looks best!
- Softwood or Hardwood? As its name suggests, softwood will show wear more quickly than hardwood. However, our team says you can still opt for a softwood table top and not worry as much about durability because you can easily coat it with polyurethane to fortify it.
- Cost: The smaller size of walnut trees translates to higher costs for the finished product. Additionally, softer woods cost less because they show signs of wear and tear more easily than their harder counterparts. Hardwoods that can withstand repetitive use typically come with a heftier price tag.
Lastly, before investing your money, make sure the company that is fabricating your wood tabletop, procures their wood responsibly and is sustainable.
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