Our customers will frequently ask us “what type of wood is best for a kitchen table?” Given the profundity of species available, it really is hard to settle on one wood type or one particular wood slab for a kitchen or dining room table. However, in the interest of answering the question about what wood slab type is best for a table, we thought we’d give you our insights into some of the different wood species and their benefits.
Definitely a favorite among our Buffalo, NY clients, maple tables and island tops are absolutely stunning. The benefits of going with live edge maple for your table are:
- The natural color. Rich and warm, you can’t go wrong with leaving maple in its natural state.
- The spalted look. Maple, when it starts to decay, gets spalted; meaning, you start to see some black in it along with other distinctive markings and this can truly be beautiful.
- It is easy to work with. Versus some other wood types, maple is a dream to work with.
- It has a distinctive look. Black walnut isn’t only darker, but also has a unique grain and flow to it.
- It is a very durable surface. A very hard wood slab, black walnut does hold up to a great deal.
- Oak is a very popular choice, and for good reason. It is not only durable but quite beautiful to look at.
- Oak can have a bold grain. Keep in mind, when working with wood slabs, every slab is different. When it comes to oak though, you almost always get a pretty interesting grain.
- Oak is inherently warm. Especially a red oak island top—imagine how it will warm up your kitchen and make it that much more inviting.