Wood Dining Tables: Choosing the Right Type for Your Needs
Wood dining tables have a uniqueness about them in the same way that each person’s fingerprints are unique.
The grain and color of the wood as well as the design of the streaks create a distinct piece every time so you never have two tables or chairs that are the same. And over time, wood changes, just like your family does.
Dining tables can be made of all kinds of different materials including plastic, glass, and metal. But the most common material, of course, is wood.
And there are dozens of types of wood, each having its own unique benefits depending on what you’re looking for and what your preferences are.
We will break down the different types of wood dining tables so you have a better idea of what material will work best for you and your needs.
Wood dining tables have many options for finishing including staining, painting, and purely rustic. You can choose the finish that best suits your style and your needs.
Types of Wood Tables
One of the first things people consider when choosing a table is which type of wood a table is made of.
They automatically think that the harder wood tables are better, and sometimes that’s true.
On the other hand, if the table is constructed with softer wood, that’s not all bad either. Here at Kitchen Tables & More, our tables are made of all kinds of different woods including pine, birch, hevea, mango, and acacia; these are the most popular types.
Let’s talk about tables made of solid Birch wood first. Birch is similar to Oak, but much harder.
Many of our custom designed wood dining tables are made exclusively from Birch that comes from Birch trees grown in Canada.
The colder the climate, the harder the wood grows, and the tighter the ring design becomes.
Northern Birch is an incredibly hard wood because of how far north you have to go to get it.
Hevea wood actually comes from Pará rubber trees.
You would think that coming from a rubber tree that Hevea would be softer, but it’s not.
It’s a very useful, harder wood that is often used to make furniture. This wood is recognizable by its unique streaking-intertwining dark markings with a blonde color.
This lighter color may not be noticed right away because of the stains applied to color the tables, but its dark streaks are always unmistakable.
Mangoes aren’t just delicious fruits; their trees offer hardwood with dense grains making it both durable and affordable.
Mango wood can withstand a lot of wear and tear, so it’s a perfect material for a dining table for a busy family. Mango wood isn’t just beautiful; it’s also sustainable.
So creating dining tables and chairs from this wood is not just good for our environment — it’s also flattering to any dining space and budget.
Acacia wood is considered a sustainable product as well because once one tree is cut down, another can be planted, and it’s a fast-growing tree.
It’s considered a medium-hardwood that is durable and perfect for kitchen utensils, furniture, flooring and even shelving.
No matter how Acacia wood is stained, you can still see the light and dark lines in the grain which yields a beautiful finished piece.
If you’re looking for a more rustic table with that distressed look and plank-like top, then Pine wood is what you want.
It’s a softer wood and easier to scratch or dent, but it’s still a very sturdy wood for furniture construction.
A good amount of pine is reclaimed, so you can do something beneficial for the environment by choosing pine.
However, keep in mind that pine often warps in humid or moist conditions, so be sure to consider that when deciding which wood to go with for your dining table.
A dining table made of solid Elm wood will be beautifully unique because every little detail of the wood’s grain and markings are visible and distinguished from all other Elm trees.
Because Elm wood naturally resists splintering, it’s great for furniture.
Elm wood comes in different varieties that vary from hard to soft, so be sure to ask your Kitchen Tables & More sales associate about the details of any dining table constructed from Elm wood.
Oak wood is probably the most common and more popular of all the woods for manufacturing dining tables. At Kitchen Tables & More we carry lots of dining and kitchen table sets made of Oak wood.
Because Oak trees are plentiful, it’s quite affordable not to mention durable with beautiful grains.
Oak wood is used to make cabinets, counters, cupboards, beds, and tables and chairs.
Furniture made from Oak wood is considered very sturdy, so you can be sure that you will be able to enjoy your Oak kitchen or dining table for many years to come.
Customizable Wood Tables
At Kitchen Tables & More, you can custom design your dining table and chairs with Elm, Cherry, Maple and Walnut wood through Winesburg.
There are countless beautiful options through Winesburg to create the perfect dining or kitchen table for your space.
And don’t forget the beautiful reclaimed wood dining tables that you can custom order through Urban Barnwood Furniture.
These rugged barn boards and beams are transformed from forgotten, used pieces of wood into beautiful heirloom furniture that will be cherished for generations.
The wood used from old barns creates one-of-a-kind dining tables and chairs that are just as unique as your family is.
Come on in to Kitchen Tables & More and let our knowledgeable and trained staff help you decide which type of wood to choose for your table.
On our showroom floor, you can see and feel the different types of wood or even custom design every detail of your own kitchen or dining table from the type of wood, leg type, chair type, color, height, shape and size.
We are here to make the process simple and help you every step of the way, and it’s our pleasure to serve you.