Choosing the right wood type for your dining table can be overwhelming, with so many options available. In this guide, we'll share the selection process we've used to help over 1,000 people choose the perfect wood slab for their dining table.
Light or dark? Start with the tone of your wood slab.
The first step is to decide on the tone of the wood, whether you prefer light or dark. Lighter woods, such as Ash and Oak, are perfect for Scandinavian or Japandi styles, while darker woods, like Suar and Walnut, bring earthy warmth and a contemporary feel to a space. Mahogany-family woods like Tali and Sapele have rich reddish-brown tones that add depth to a dark interior. Keep in mind that even within the same species of wood, color tone can vary widely.
Regular or Wild? The shape of your wood slab impacts aesthetic and practical use.
The next step is to decide on the shape of the wood. Live-edge wood slabs are popular for their organic shapes that range from nearly straight to wild and crazy, depending on the tree's character. Many people prefer mildly wavy shapes that retain the natural flow of the wood while still being practical enough to seat people and use the space comfortably. If you're feeling adventurous, consider an odd-shaped, wild piece that stands out in your space.
Look at the details. Solid wood slabs are prized for their unique grain features.
Now it's time to dive into the details and consider the grain features. Do you prefer dramatic, sweeping, high-contrast lines, or something more subtle? Remember, your dining table will be the heart of your home and something you'll use every day. Take your time to find something that sparks joy and fits your style.
Bonus tip: Start your search early.
Finding the perfect wood type for your dining table can take time, so we always recommend starting your search early. Browsing our catalog will give you a good sense of the range of possibilities. We recommend visiting the showroom to touch and interact with these natural works of art.
Choosing the perfect wood type for your dining table is a personal choice, but by following these steps, you'll be sure to find a piece that fits your style and brings joy to your home. Whether you prefer light or dark tones, organic or practical shapes, dramatic or subtle grains, take your time to find the perfect piece that will be the heart of your home for years to come.