Picking your dining table is tricky; if you’re anything like the typical family, you’ll spend at least two meals a day sitting around a dining table. It has to be durable enough to withstand the weight of your collective elbows and look good while doing it.
Here’s how to choose between wood and metal when customizing a dining table base.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: durability is key. We’re not telling you to settle for an unflattering table—just pick one with a long shelf life.
Wood is not the same across the board. There’s solid wood, which, like floorboards, is infamous for wearing down with time. To get durable table legs in wood, you might have to research more and pay extra.
Metal table legs, on the other hand, can last a generation if appropriately maintained. It is different from wood or other materials like glass, acrylic, and plastic due to not possessing the same weaknesses. Not only can you have it bent into any shape, but also have it retain that form for a long time without giving into weather, weight, or temperature.
The modern home is all about sleek metal countertops and minimalistic designs. Wood, in that sense, is a relic of the past; an acquired taste at best.
Metal bases can be paired with any material to bring a space up to speed where modern standards are concerned. You can use them to balance wooden or glass tabletops, carve intricacies to match a particular theme or weld them to look as modern or gothic as you want. That, more than anything, is what appeals to present-day homeowners.
When we that claimed metal is versatile, we didn’t mean to imply wood isn’t. It can definitely be shaved into any shape you want, but the above issue will still persist. Wooden legs that aren’t straight but bent at an angle don’t do well over time. After a while, you’ll feel the tabletop moving whenever you touch or hold on to it, and that would be because its base is unstable.
The same issue does not persist with metal. Unlike wood, melting under high temperatures bends it. Therefore, the shape given to it in a molten state, after hardening, stays that way for an age.
Of course, other factors are involved in getting a metal base right, such as the amount of ore used, the time needed to melt it, and estimations as to its cooling. This is where we come in.