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A dining table is a wonderful gathering spot for family as well as friends. And, it’s probably the first thing your guests notice in your home! You need to choose the focal piece of furniture carefully. It should be beautiful, strong, and the perfect size for your dining area. So, out of glass vs wood dining table, which is better?

Let’s give you the lowdown between a wooden and glass tabletop to help you make the right choice for your family.

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Wood dining table pros

wood dining tablePhoto by Wicker Paradise on flickr [CC BY 2.0]

  • Incredibly durable with a long service period 

A wooden table top will serve you for years to come. High-quality wooden furniture can withstand years of wear and tear. Solid oak, for example, is among the most firm and durable ones. It sustains pressure and heat, especially, if its surface has heat and scratch-resistant finish. No wonder it’s one of the best types of wood for a dining table.

  • Timeless design

Wood is classic — it will never go out of fashion. Moreover, a wood table, with its unique grain and hardwood tones, brings out a certain appeal that’s inviting and welcoming. It looks incredibly dignified and creates a cozy atmosphere in your home. 

From vintage pieces to sleek contemporary tables — there are many designs out there. Whichever wood species you choose — oak, mahogany, walnut, maple, or teak — ensure that you match the color palette of your dining room decor and design

  • Easy to restore 

Because of its durability, hardwood furniture that has been scratched and dented can be repaired. Partially damaged ones can be completely restored. A skilled woodworker with the right tools can bring any vintage or hand-me-down dining table that was scrapped by careless teenagers or scribbled on by rambunctious toddlers back to life.

Wood dining table cons

Wood tablePhoto by Mark McCammon from Pexels CC0

  • Heavy and bulky

As firm and durable as wooden dining tables may be, they are also bulky and heavy. If you’re someone who moves around a lot or loves regular furniture rearrangements, it’s not a convenient choice for you.

  • Expensive option

Genuine hardwood comes at a hefty price, and that’s because each piece of furniture is unique. You can always find cheaper models when you look around for seasonal sales and discounts. But, never compromise on the quality of the wood. 

  • Susceptible to water damage

Moisture is one of the biggest vulnerabilities of wooden tables. The material can swell if moisture is left to settle on its surface, which eventually can lead the material to weaken and enable mold to form. So, make sure to immediately wipe off spills and other liquid residues to prevent damages.

  • Vulnerable to scratches and other damages

While the top finish of dining tables can make it resistant to damages caused by daily use, scrapes from sharp or heavy objects can still expose and significantly damage the wood underneath.

Glass dining table pros

glass dining room tableDining Room Conservatory, by Lizzie Benton on flickr – ahorangeries.co.uk [CC BY 2.0]

  • Elegant and modern furniture

There’s no denying the elegance and sophistication of a well-maintained glass top dining table. It looks especially fitting in a modern and contemporary house. Whether it’s an intimate get-together or fine dining — the formal-looking furniture exudes a level of finesse that enhances the overall look of your dining room.

  • Low-maintenance material

A glass tabletop is easy to clean. Since glass doesn’t absorb or allow liquids to pass through it, when spills occur, you only need to grab a damp cloth rag or paper towel to wipe the mess. A spray of water is enough to maintain its shine. You don’t even have to use any special cleaning products or solutions. 

  • Gives an airier look to the dining room

Glass is transparent and reflects light beautifully. No wonder glass instantly lights up a room — giving it an airy and lighter vibe. Moreover, it adds a visual illusion — making your dining space look larger and wider. It’s a boon for small dining rooms that receive less natural light.

  • Enhances the beauty of your dining area

Since it’s transparent, glass doesn’t block the beauty of the rest of the room décor. You can place attractive dining chairs or a beautiful rug under the table and they’ll be fully visible. Moreover, glass tabletops generally have a wood or metal base. The see-through glass highlights the beauty of the base — bringing out its design, shine, and color. 

  • Available in different styles 

Don’t think of a glass surface as just clear and colorless. It can be frosted and tinted into any color. Furthermore, it can also be cut into almost any shape and is a great choice for a custom-made glass dining table. 

Also, glass tables may feature almost any material as its base. It could be wood, chrome, wrought iron, rattan, or wicker. 

  • Is quite tough

Thanks to technology, glass dining tables are tough, too. Today, you can find versions with tempered safety glass that are thermally and chemically strengthened. Tempered glass can resist scratches as well as heat, and won’t shatter if knocked.

Glass dining table cons

Glass top tablePhoto by NeONBRAND on Unsplash CC0

  • Delicate and irreparable

Glass is a strong material but it’s not the same as wood or stone. Since the material is breakable and fragile, you need to be extra careful when placing objects on it to avoid damaging the surface or breaking it altogether. Once the glass table is scratched or chipped, you can’t fix it or make it look new again. So, keep those placemats and coasters handy!

  • Requires regular cleaning

Yes, it’s low maintenance but a glass-top table needs consistent wiping to keep it in pristine condition. Aside from spills, glass is prone to dust, fingerprints, smudges, dirt, and watermarks. Neglected over time, these can tarnish its sparkling appearance and may become foggy.

  • Can be dangerous

Its fragile material makes glass a safety hazard, especially when you have kids or pets around the house. Once shattered, the glass fragments can be a risk for injury. The sharp corners of glass tables can also harm anyone by accident. If you have small children in the house, it’s best to choose a round or oval shape, or those with protected edges for safety.

  • Demands good flooring and décor

A glass’s transparency can be both a boon and a disadvantage. You can see everything that’s underneath the table! You need an impeccable flooring surface. And, your matching dining chairs must be in good condition too.

Read more: Fabulous Tips for Exceptional Dining Table Dressing

What Are the Pros and Cons of Glass vs Wood Dining Table? was last modified: February 3rd, 2020 by Oscar Florea

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