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    Marble vs Wood Dining Table: All the Pros and Cons

    ARTICLE BY Todd Smith - Owner

    June 25, 2024

    The dining table is the heart of the home, a place for family gatherings, meals, and memories. Selecting the best dining table is about finding a piece that resonates with your style, meets your daily needs, and complements the overall ambiance of your dining area. 

    While both marble and wooden tables offer a unique aesthetic and set of characteristics, how do you decide which one will best suit your needs? With each option posing its unique advantages and drawbacks, the choice can be tough. Let’s explore the pros and cons of marble and wood dining tables to help guide your decision.

    Marble Dining Tables

    What are Marble Dining Tables?

    Marble is a natural stone, bringing a piece of the earth’s history into your home. Marble dining tables are made from a single slab of marble stone that is cut and placed on top of a base. Marble tables are renowned for their elegance and beauty, with each boasting unique patterns and colours. This luxury material can transform any dining area into a refined space.

    Pros of Marble Dining Tables

    Aesthetic Appeal: Marble’s natural veining and glossy finish offer a touch of sophistication and luxury. No two marble slabs are the same, with each cut coming with its own set of unique vein patterns and swirls, ensuring your dining table is one-of-a-kind.

    Luxury: Marble dining tables offer a certain touch of glamour to any room they’re added to, making them an excellent choice for shoppers who wish to achieve an elegant dining room experience in the comfort of their home.

    Durability and Comfort: Being a natural stone, marble is an extremely durable material. Marble’s moisture and heat-resistant qualities are what make it a popular choice to shoppers, allowing you to place hot meals down without having to worry about damage. Additionally, marble remains cool to the touch, making it an excellent choice for those living in warmer climates.

    Cons of Marble Dining Tables

    Cost: High-quality marble comes at a premium, reflecting its luxurious status. Depending on the budget you are working with, you will find that a marble slab in your required size will cost much more than your standard timber table.

    Porosity: Marble can stain, chip, scratch, or crack easily if not regularly sealed and carefully maintained. If your marble does happen to sustain any damage, it can be extremely difficult to repair, often requiring a professional to step in which can incur additional costs.

    Weight: Marble tables are one of the heaviest options when it comes to dining tables. While this does allow them to support a lot of weight at one time, it also makes them difficult to move and reposition when necessary.

    Wood Dining Tables

    What are Wood Dining Tables?

    Wood dining tables bring warmth and natural beauty into a home. Available in a range of finishes and types, they offer versatility to match any decor style. 

    Shoppers are spoilt for choice when choosing what type of wood the table is made from, with each type of wood accompanied by its own set of unique colours, patterns, and variations. Here at Jarrimber, we specialise in the following types of dining tables:

    Pros of Wood Dining Tables

    Durability and Longevity: Often referred to as a “lifetime product”, wooden tables can last for generations, often becoming more valued long term. If a wood table sustains any damage, it is easily repairable for a fraction of the price of a replacement.

    Warmth and Character: Wood adds a cosy, inviting feel to a dining space, with grains and textures that add depth and interest. Each piece of wood comes with its own unique set of characteristics, making no two pieces the same. You may even opt to feature a raw edge on your dining table, adding volumes of character to any dining room.

    Versatility: Wood can be refinished, painted, or stained to change its appearance, fitting with evolving interior designs. When it comes to styling, it’s hard to go wrong with a wooden table. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party, or having a quiet dinner, wood dining tables suit any environment. 

    Cons of Wood Dining Tables

    Maintenance: Wooden tables require regular cleaning and maintenance to avoid warping or dulling. Wood can also be prone to scratches, dents, and water marks if not properly protected. To keep your table looking at its best, it will need to be oiled every six to 12 months depending on usage.

    Cost: Similarly to marble, wooden tables are one of the more expensive options on the dining table market. However, you won’t find yourself spending as much on a wooden table as you would on a marble table.

    Variability: Depending on the supplier, the quality of wood can vary greatly, affecting its durability and appearance over time. Here at Jarrimber, we pride ourselves in producing high-quality, 100% Australian-made solid wood tables that are often referred to as a ‘lifetime’ product. To support this claim, we offer our customers a 10-year warranty with any timber furniture purchase.

    Wooden Dining Tables

    Jarrimber Wooden Dining Tables

    When choosing between a wood or marble dining table, you should ultimately consider your lifestyle, maintenance preferences, and design aesthetics.

    For those leaning toward the timeless appeal of wood, Jarrimber offers a vast range of high-quality wooden dining tables. Crafted with precision and care, our tables are made to last, designed to be not just furniture, but a part of your home’s story. 

    If you have a specific vision for your dining table, Jarrimber can help you achieve your design goals with our custom design options. Feel free to send us an enquiry with the following details if you’d like to explore your custom options:

    • Timber selection
    • Approximate dimensions for your space
    • Style description or reference

    Once we’ve received these details, our friendly staff will get in touch with you to discuss your vision in finer detail and give you an estimated quote. Before committing to the final design, we will provide you with a 3D rendering of your custom piece that’s mocked up to scale to assist you in the decision-making process.

    If you have any questions about our custom builds or need a hand deciding on the best timber for you, get in touch with our friendly team today!

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    Todd Smith

    Todd Smith - Owner

    I've always had a passion for Australian timbers and turning it into beautiful timber furniture. Aussies have some of the most sought-after timbers in the world and being able to work with it and bring some of this beauty to our customers is a blessing.

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