A Guide to Selecting the Perfect Dining Table Material

A Guide to Selecting the Perfect Dining Table Material

Understanding the Importance of Dining Table Materials

The process of choosing the perfect dining table is the process of choosing the heart of your dining space. It's not just a functional piece; it's an embodiment of your style, personality, and the essence of your home.

Your choice of material when selecting a dining table can significantly influence the style and atmosphere of the space. If you prefer a traditional and warm ambience, timber might be your best choice. For a more modern and luxurious look, you may consider materials like marble. While each material has its unique charm and aesthetic appeal, it's essential to also think about practicality when making a decision.

Here are some considerations to help you choose a dining table that aligns not only with your personal taste but your lifestyle.

Branch Rectangular Tables by TribuBranch Rectangular Tables by Tribu

Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Dining Table

Before delving into the specifics of various materials, it's essential to consider the factors that will influence your choice. First, assess your space – the size of the room, available area, and the number of people the table needs to accommodate. For larger areas, you may want to look at a longer rectangle or oval-shaped table while for a smaller space, you may want a round table.

Potocco Bon Bon Dining TableBon Bon Tables by Potocco

Next, think about your preferred style – whether it's contemporary, midcentury or minimalist. Also, consider how frequently you'll be using the table – for daily meals with a large family, occasional gatherings, or special occasions.

With a solid grip on these factors, you'll be better equipped to choose a material that complements your needs and preferences. Our expert design team are available for consultations if you need more specific advice or help finding the perfect piece.

Classic Appeal: Timber Dining Tables

Timber dining tables hold a timeless allure, seamlessly blending with a variety of interior styles. They radiate warmth through their organic tones, character, and a sense of tradition. Oak, walnut, and teak are popular choices, each providing unique hues and grain textures. Thanks to its remarkable versatility, timber can be stained with various colours and finishes, making it perfect for personalising the tone.

Otway Trestle Table KettOtway Trestle Tables by Kett

If timber is the direction you want to take, our Otway Trestle Table by Kett is crafted from solid oak and available to personalise in a range of stain colours, including, natural, Exhibition (black), light walnut and Smoked Oak.

Sleek and Modern: Glass Dining Tables

Glass dining tables exemplify modern aesthetics, crafting an illusion of space and light that's ideal for compact dining areas. Tempered glass, known for its durability, ensures safety while maintaining a sleek and stylish appearance.

Anfora Table by PotoccoAnfora Table by Potocco

Glass tables offer a canvas for unique bases – Aluminium, timber or marble sculptural designs become focal points. This notion is epitomised in the Anfora, whose bronze glass surface accentuates the graceful curves of its base, modelled on an ancient Greek vase and available in quartz or stunning Carrara Marble.

Timeless Beauty: Marble Dining Tables

Marble dining tables redefine luxury and sophistication. Their natural patterns and veining make each piece a unique work of art, instantly adding a sense of heritage and elegance to your space. Marble is a sturdy, durable natural stone, providing outstanding resistance to scratches and abrasions from daily use. It can withstand significant pressure, which helps prevent cracking and chipping. Therefore, it has consistently been a popular choice for surfaces such as countertops, tables, and floors. 

Johanna Elliptical Table by KettJohanna Elliptical Marble Table by Kett

Marble, such as in the Johanna, exudes elegance, acting in concert with its intricate hardwood frame to give an atmosphere of refined and classic solidity.

Built For Modern Life: Ceramic Dining Tables 

Porcelain tabletops are perfect for those seeking a luxurious, easy-to-clean finish. Their non-porous surface offers durability and resistance to stains and scratches.

Otway Dining Table by KettOtway Porcelain Dining Tables by Kett

The Otway collection comprises various pieces, such as coffee tables and bedside tables, which offer an optional porcelain surface. This includes the Otway dining table, featuring a handcrafted solid oak base.

Pieces from Kett furniture offer a selection of Porcelain options, with surfaces that resemble the look of marble. They also provide solid colours inspired by the Australian landscape for those seeking a more contemporary aesthetic.

Outdoor Dining: Exploring Weather-Resistant Dining Table Materials

Outdoor dining spaces demand materials that can withstand the elements while retaining their charm. Aluminium dining tables like the Mirthe offer a lightweight option that's resistant to rust and easy to move. They offer a slimline minimalist appearance which is ideal for a range of aesthetics. 

Mirthe by TribuMirthe Tables by Tribu

Teak is commonly seen in outdoor furniture in Australia due to its natural durability and low maintenance. Its strength, resistance to pests and weather, and attractive golden-brown colour make it ideal for outdoor use. Teak can withstand various weather conditions, requires no staining or painting, and naturally weathers to a silver-grey patina. Sustainably sourced, it's eco-friendly and allows for intricate designs, combining aesthetics and longevity.

Mbrace dining Table by DEDONMBRACE Dining Tables by DEDON

Tables such MBRACE from DEDON are crafted from teak, making them ideal for outdoor use.

Care and Maintenance: Keeping your Dining Table Pristine

The preservation of your dining table's beauty requires proper care and maintenance. For wooden tables, use placemats and coasters to prevent ring marks and stains, often caused by condensation on drinking glasses and mugs. Regular dust and wiping of the surface with a slightly damp cloth is best.

Addis extension Dining Table by KettAddis Teak Extension Table by Kett

Glass tables can be cleaned with glass cleaners to maintain their transparency. Marble and stone tables should be wiped down with a soft cloth and mild soap, avoiding acidic substances that can damage their surface.

Outdoor tables can be hosed down to remove dirt and any build-up from fallen leaves. However, the best practice for outdoor tables is that they should be covered during harsh weather which prevents the need to wash them down so often and offers further protection from the elements.

Addis Ceramic Table by KettAddis Ceramic Table by Kett

For more information on how to care for your furniture and to purchase recommended cleaning and restorative products, visit our website.

A Table For Every Taste

When it comes to choosing your dining table, material selection is a pivotal decision that shapes both aesthetics and functionality. At Cosh Living we understand the significance of this choice and offer a diverse range of dining tables crafted from premium materials.

From the timelessness of wooden tables to the modern allure of glass and the opulence of marble, our collection caters to diverse tastes and preferences.

Whether you're seeking indoor or outdoor dining solutions, our range is designed to transform your dining space into a haven of style, comfort, and lasting memories. Contact us today to begin.


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