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Dining Table Buying Guide: Concrete vs. Wood

October 14, 2021 — by Valeriya Vimon

Dining tables have a central place in people’s homes. Despite their name, they are almost never used only for dining. This important piece of furniture may turn out to be the table around which you will have some of the best conversations of your life with family or friends, where you have your morning coffees alone or with the people you love, the table on which your children or your future children will make their homework, read books, or draw. 

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But even though when you are choosing a dining table for your home, you are not simply choosing a table, it’s still a big piece of furniture that will be used a lot. And while any old table can serve the purpose, you should buy something that you will love for a long time. This can be a very hard task because there are many, many different models by many manufacturers and in many stores. So, even before starting looking, if you can, you should narrow down your options according to several factors, including style, materials, shape, size, etc.

Every piece of furniture in your home serves an important decorative purpose. This is why dining tables, which have a main role in the dining room, should be a part of your whole concept, they should be stylish, they should match the rest of the décor. In other words, they should look good, be positioned in the right place, be decorated in an aesthetically pleasing way… There is a vast range of dining tables to choose from, which are made from many different materials such as glass, concrete, stone, wood, metal, etc. Here we will be looking at concrete and wooden dining tables, as two somewhat opposite but stunning options. 

When to Choose Concrete Dining Tables 

For homes designed with contemporary décor styles, such as Scandinavian or industrial, homeowners and interior designers can choose a variety of dining tables concrete or wood top for a minimalistic and open concept. While wood is quite a popular choice for dining tables, concrete is somewhat more daring. 

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Concrete dining tables are typical for industrial style design, which is inspired by big, open, industrial spaces like factories and warehouses, and characterised by furniture made of raw materials with an unfinished look. However, furniture pieces like this can also look gorgeous combined with other styles, including Scandi or coastal, enriching them with a touch of edginess and personality.

Concrete furniture has become popular in recent years, because of its simple but unique look. It’s also very durable and resilient, and it can last longer than most other types of tables. So, if you are looking for uniqueness and personality, a concrete dining table can be a great option for your home. Like all other types of tables, dining tables concrete tops can have round or rectangular shapes. They can be entirely made of concrete, or they can be combined with metal.

You can match industrial style furniture like a concrete dining room table with wood, metal and glass. Generally, it looks best with neutral colours, even though it can also be combined with more vivid colours. The contrast between the cold colour of the concrete and the colour of metal, or the warm colours of wooden floors and wooden furniture pieces, or other colours, can add a lot of style and elegancy to your dining room, and make it quite eye-catching.

When to Choose Wooden Dining Tables 

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Wood is probably the most common material used for dining tables, and while concrete gives a cold vibe, wood brings warmth. Wooden tables come in a wide variety of shapes, colours, finishes and designs. These tables are classic, and while usually, they come in rectangular, square, oval or round shapes, you can also find wooden dining tables in irregular shapes, which can look very unique. In other words, because of their incredible diversity whether your home is contemporary, modern or traditional, there are wooden dining tables that can be suitable for your home.

Aside from dining tables entirely made of wood, you can also find ones made of a combination of wood and metal, or other materials, which can give them an even more modern look. One of the reasons why wood is a great option for tables is that it looks beautiful and manufacturers can make incredible things with it. Moreover, tables made of wood are incredibly strong, durable and long-lasting. In fact, high-quality wooden dining tables can serve a family for years, and even for generations.

Not only are they easy to clean, but they can also handle lots and lots of spills, scrapes and scratches for a long time, and because they can be so easily maintained and repaired, there is rarely a reason to replace them. Namely, unlike other types of tables, wooden tables can even be sand down and refinished. They can also be painted in a different colour if you are looking for a change. 

Furthermore, wood has the ability to add warmth to your room, which is why it’s great for a number of home décors, including industrial, Scandinavian, traditional, etc. It is also a great option for minimalistic interior styling. Wooden tables can have a gloss or a matt finish. Both options can look good, but it all depends on your personal preferences as well as the décor of your dining room.