Wood vs. Glass Top Tables

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The decision on which table top you should choose, wood or glass is not an easy task. With so many beautiful dining and cocktail tables made out of each material, there are several factors that need to be considered before making your final decision.  Among these factors, design, practicality, safety, maintenance and lifestyle should all play a role deciding which table is right for you. Ultimately, most people who choose glass tables-choose them for look over practicality.

Tower Glass Top Table by Calligaris

Tower Glass Top Table by Calligaris

Is a glass table prettier than a wooden table? Whether your décor is traditional or modern, there is a glass or wooden designed table that will fit your space. Wooden tables can offer you a distinct look and feel, offering you carved and curved legs, those details can often be found in glass as well, and if you think that only tables made of wood will expand, you are mistaken. Many glass top tables, as wooden ones, come fixed or extendable now with leaves that are self storing.  While a wooden top table can be made modern by the materials used in the base, it’s obvious that a glass top table will appear more modern, often paired with glass, metal or wooden legs.  As with wooden tables, the shape of a glass tables can now come in any form desired, you are not limited to the basic round or rectangle. Choosing the right design for your space is the first hurdle to overcome.

Park Table by Calligaris

Park Table by Calligaris

Is glass more practical than wood? Is wood safer than glass? Those are tough questions-but there is no right answer, it again lies in what you ultimately hold in your design vision. Both are practical, offering you a surface for your dining to take place-Again, this area will come down to style desired. The safety of a wooden table has one over on glass. The wooden table top is less likely to break, however they can chip or splinter as glass can.  If you have small children in the home, you may want to consider wood, however, most glass tables nowadays have more rounded edges and not the sharp, harsh corners historically associated with glass tables. When choosing a glass table it is important to make sure it is TEMPERED. Tempered glass is a safety feature that if broken, the glass will break into small little squares, and not sharp shards like regular glass. This will ensure no one will be badly hurt if the table every breaks. The glass is thermally and chemically treated, giving the glass extra strength. Depending on the application, each table is equally safe.

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Scorpio Wood Table by Cattelan Italia

The maintenance of a wooden table is probably more intensive than a glass top table. If not cared for over time wood can fade if it is in direct sunlight. It can chip, scratch, dent, crack, warp, and veneer can lift. Proper care of a wooden table such as waxing, can help reduce some of the aging process of wood, but over time, a wooden table will show its age. Glass on the other hand, if taken care of, will be timeless. Some glass top tables of the 20’s and 30’s, still look as if they just came off a showroom floor.  Ensuring that coverings are used on both tables will also protect the surface. Glass can scratch over time, however it will not scratch as easily as wood.  It is obvious that a glass top table will need a lot of cleaning.

Resort table by Antonello

Resort table by Antonello

The care and maintenance of either table comes down to the owner’s lifestyle. Someone with a large family may want a wooden table because of the warmth it offers. A single person or a couple without children, who use the table less, might choose a glass table over a wooden table due to its style and more modern appeal. The advantages and disadvantages to both tables are minor, and the ultimate decision will most likely be the style and design, and how often the table is used. Either decision, no matter what table is chosen, your dining room will turn out to be the room you inspired for.

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