Glass vs. Wood Top Table

Mike Dining Table by Antonello

There are many things to consider when choosing a Dining Room Table. The question of wood or glass is a common one among customers. There are a number of advantages as well as disadvantages with both wood tables and glass ones. You must consider both the pros and cons of each type of table to really make an education decision.

First, you must consider the fact that almost all glass tables are made with tempered glass. Tempered glass is processed by controlled thermal or chemical treatments to increase its strength. When broken, tempered glass shatters to a million little pieces instead of breaking into pieces with jagged dangerous edges. Still, glass tables are more likely to chip than wooden ones.

Skovby #26 Dining TableGlass is easily maintained and can be cleaned with Windex or any type of spray cleaner while wood can be easily stained if cups are placed on it without the use of coasters. Many types of wood use pine as a construction material. With Pine and other softer woods, you run the risk of easily denting or scratching the wood. Because of this, wood needs to be refinished more often while glass resists this type of wear and tear.

Hystrix Table by Cattelan

Although glass looks very nice on wooden floors, many people do not like glass tables because of the clear view of the bottom of the table. Many people dislike looking down at the dinner table and seeing everybody’s feet. On the other hand, tables that have a unique and stylish base are often hidden with a wooden top.

Glass tables, although easily cleanable, are famous for showing fingerprints and smears along the top of the table. Dark toned glass tables also make dust and small particles very visible. Because of the transparency, you must often times clean and wipe the bottom of the table as well as the top to avoid the smear marks. Wooden top tables stay looking cleaner longer and give more of a warmer looking feel to a room.

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