Wood is the most common material choice when it comes to table tops.
Made from various wood types such as beech, ash, oak and walnut, wood provides a strong and practical surface that can be customised in stain, colour, shape, surface effect and edging.
Step 1: Wood type
A hardwood with a faint fine grain and texture. Beech is a more cost effective option and is the most common choice for furniture frames and table tops where a grain is not desired such as painted table tops. All seasoned Beech is FSC and soured from Europe.
A hardwood, lighter in colour and cheaper than oak. Ash wood bends nicely and is commonly used for bespoke tables and bentwood furniture. Sourced from Europe.
A hardwood with two main types, European and Character Oak. Oak wood is popular because of its graining but more expensive than beech and ash wood. Character Oak is oak wood featuring knots and open grains and is one of our most popular table top choices for hospitality. Both Oak types are sourced from Europe although British Oak is available but is more expensive.
A hardwood, very desirable for its grain and dark colour but also very expensive.
For a cost effective alternative, use an ash wood stained to walnut which will show similar graining.
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Recycled / Reclaimed Woods
Made in a variety of ways from used scaffolding boards and floor boards, off-cuts from larger scale wood works to up-cycling existing pieces of wood to create attractive and unique tops. These table tops can be stained, painted, mixed and matched in wood types to produce a unique look.
The choice of recycled table tops also benefits us all by being an eco-conscious option, utilising timber that would otherwise contribute to landfill.
Our in-house design team can assist you with bespoke painted designs, or keep it simple for a close alternative to standard wooden table tops.
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Robinia & Iroko
Both Robina and Iroko are hardwoods suitable for outdoor use. Often slatted with gaps to allow water drainage or with holes (moneybox style) these wood types are the most commonly used for outdoor tables.
Previously, teak was the most popular choice for outdoor tables and furniture however teak trees are now protected so supply is rare and expensive. Solution - stain an Iroko wood with teak oil for outdoor use to give it a rich teak coloured look.
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Wooden tops are commonly made from planks of wood.
They can be made in different widths which can be put together to create custom designs.
Thinner planks are often more stable than thicker planks. If planks run along the long edge of a top, they’re known as long grain. If they run across the shorter edge they’re known as short grain. Planks will warp if not reinforced.
The standard reinforcement for planks is called a batten - strips of wood screwed to the underside of the table in the opposite direction to the planks.