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The Ultimate Guide in getting the Perfect Table Top

Set the stage for each and every dining experience by selecting the perfect table tops and bases for your establishment. From upscale eateries and bars to fast casual restaurants and cafeteria service, the tables you use not only provide a place for dining, but also contribute to your establishment's overall atmosphere. With so many different sizes, shapes and materials to choose from, it can be hard knowing where to start when you’re choosing your perfect table top. The size of the table you need, the aesthetic you’re trying to achieve in the home and what the table will be used for are all important factors to consider.

Most establishments stick to the basics when it comes to table top shapes - round, square, and rectangular. But in In reality, there are many different shapes you can opt for including ovals, semi circles, and more irregular shapes. Each shape has its own advantages as well as space considerations.

Round/Circular Table Tops

Circular dining tables are perfect for small spaces. They allow you to move freely around the space without bumping into any sharp corners. A big pro of round tables is that their seating capacity is not as rigid as rectangular or square tops; you can always squeeze a few additional people around the table. It’s also probably one of the most sociable shaped tables as the round shape creates a more intimate and “equal” setting.

Square Table Tops

Another popular choice when it comes to tables is the square table top. Ideal for those with a smaller living space, square tables are a great way to maintain balance and proportion in rooms that are symmetrical.

Rectangular Table Tops

Rectangular table tops are perhaps one of the most popular choices when it comes to picking a table. The simple, linear shape of a rectangular table easily fits into most rooms, allowing for ease of movement when walking around the table.

Oval Table Tops

A modern take on the circular table top, oval table tops are becoming an increasingly popular choice in the home. An oval dining table combines the linear simplicity of a rectangular top, but with the intimacy of a round one; it’s the best of both worlds! Oval tops are often similar to rectangular ones in terms of size, so you can generally fit more people around it. However, the curved nature of the top visually appears to occupy less space so to the naked eye it makes the space look bigger.

D – Shape/Semi Circle Table Tops

A D-shaped (semi-circle) tabletop is a great way to furnish spaces of all shapes and sizes. Although D shaped tables are more commonly used associated with console tables or office desks, they provide a number of benefits when used as a dining table too. The flat side of the table is able to sit flat against a wall whilst the round side provides an aesthetically pleasing finish with ample space. Furthermore, they’re often sold with a “butterfly top” that can fold up into a full circle giving you more table space when required, without compromising on space.

For all those shapes for table tops, choosing the right supplier for wood is very important. Most materials used for making tables are durable due to the nature of the furniture, but there are some that are slightly more durable than others.

Solid wood tables are renowned for their durability with Oak and Maple being extremely hard-wearing when looked after correctly. Check out Signet Slabs for quality wood slabs!

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