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#1 Hypnic Jerk

Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:00 PM

I'm in the market for my 1st ever purchase of a kitchen table.  The current table is Nana's, wooden, about 20 years old and sadly broken after it came into our care.

DH's old table was a glass top with metal tube legs and around the edge, I wasn't a fan of the glass top, but it was a cheap thing so maybe that was a quality issue rather than a problem with glass??

We have been looking around and I see wooden, tempered glass clear or frosted, with powder coated metal frames or timber frames, laminate, and gloss polyurethane lacquer.

What sort of table do you like, why?
What would you never have again, and why?

#2 ms flib

Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:04 PM

My favourite is the solid wooden table.

I'm not keen on the glass tables - especially around children.

#3 Marchioness Flea

Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:10 PM

I like wood. I don't like the sound and feel of a glass table. I find them cold and noisy. I also don't like the idea of things being dropped on them, or hot pots being put down on them and possibly cracking or breaking them.
I also don't like the idea of seeing people's legs under the table(weird I know) unless you have a cloth on it during meals.

#4 skae

Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:15 PM

I really don't like glass tables - we have one at the moment (borrowed from MIL) and as soon as we can I will be going for a wooden table.

It would need to be pretty solid though I think, we had a cheap wooden one before the glass table, and it scratched and dented like nobody's business. I'm not sure if you can get wooden ones that don't do that though...

#5 Camizebra

Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:20 PM

QUOTE (Jenflea @ 30/12/2012, 05:40 PM)
I also don't like the idea of seeing people's legs under the table(weird I know) unless you have a cloth on it during meals.

Solid wood.  We have a very modern extension and this adds the perfect amount of warmth.
I have a glass and timber coffee table, but have never seen a glass dining table I've liked.

#6 Hypnic Jerk

Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:27 PM

what about the polyurethane finishes?

#7 librablonde

Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:33 PM

I'm not a fan of glass tables at all- so easily broken by my hyper kids  mad.gif
I favour very heavy, long, solid wood huge tables that come with bench seats (less messy looking when there's lots of chairs and can be easily lifted up for cleaning underneath). The kind of table that won't wobble if I have to stand my considerable body mass on it to change an overhead lightbulb. The kind of table I can tie a dog leash to and not have my dogs drag the table across the room after them  wink.gif  And the kind of table that can outlast my kids heavy duty activity on and around it.  Something like this:

#8 BenevolentDictator

Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:35 PM

Don't know about polyurethane but I can say that I will never, NEVER get a painted finish veneered wooden table from a certain international self-assembly furniture chain ever again.

Less than 2 years old and it's all warped with the finish worn off the top.   Absolutely lousy quality.  If I could find exactly the same in solid wood I'd buy it tomorrow.

I'd choose wood if at all possible.  It's real, you can hand it down to your children, you can pick one up secondhand and repolish it. On the other hand tables are the easy bit - the real cost is in the chairs.

#9 Camizebra

Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:39 PM

QUOTE (Duffy29 @ 30/12/2012, 04:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
what about the polyurethane finishes?

We've never had one, so I can't vouch for their durability etc. They look gorgeous though!

#10 Lagom

Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:39 PM

We have a reclaimed red gum table and it's great.  Simple and warm.  Takes 3 tough men to lift it so it's not the best table if you are renting!  ohmy.gif You do need to polish it but if you wipe it down with oil once a week that's all it needs not to mark.  
I'm not a fan of glass tables unless they are outdoors.

#11 SeaPrincess

Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:43 PM

Another vote for solid wood here.  I won't have glass again, even outdoors.

#12 happygurl06

Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:46 PM

We have black lacquered dining table with brushed chrome legs.  The table looks brilliant when clean and polished but one you have a search or chip your stuffed!  Our coffee table is the same and due to a teething 1 year old I need it re finished which will cost me a fortune!

Our previous table was solid wood that had the weathered look.  I still love it and its our new outdoor table (undercover). It just didn't suit the new house and couches.

#13 monkeys mum

Posted 30 December 2012 - 06:01 PM

Solid wood, but there not on the cheap side.

We have a glass top table that's been going easily fifteen years. It was my parents then my brothers and he got a different bit of glass for it. The new glass is greysh black and very thick, I would say unbreakable since my youngest is over 20kg and has stood on it a few times- not something he's allowed to do mind you. Only thing is the metal chairs don't last there's three of the six left.

#14 Lyn29

Posted 30 December 2012 - 07:09 PM

My dad made my kitchen table - it has a hardwood top with a polyurethane finish. It's now about 30 years old and still looks brilliant - wipes with a dishcloth, hard-wearing and looks lovely too.

My dining table is also wood but it has a softer finish - it's also pine. I plan on sanding it, staining back to the right colour (maple) and then finishing with polyurethane. No coasters needed then!

#15 Born Slippy

Posted 30 December 2012 - 07:17 PM

I have a glass top dining table. Despise it.

Scratches and marks easily, constant fingerprints, it is noisy and I hate eating at it.

#16 seepi

Posted 30 December 2012 - 10:02 PM

We have a white melamine kitchen table (laminex - but plain white) on wood. I never would have chosen it, and it was meant to be temporary, but I love it.

You can just scrub it with anything and all marks wipe off - even texta can be scrubbed of with harsh products.

We do have a wooden table in the dining room. I'd get a hard wearing wooden table if i was getting a new one. Actually we looked for one, but couldn't find anything - they all had really sharp corners at the time and I didn't want that, and we wanted small chairs with no upholstery, but a big table and nothing like that was around.

#17 sophiasmum

Posted 31 December 2012 - 02:42 PM

We don't have a table in the kitchen, but we have a dining table & it's recycled wood & I love it.

#18 -Moxie-

Posted 31 December 2012 - 04:53 PM

My parents have a teak extension table with a laminate woodgrain top.  Its nearly 40 years old. Top is in fantastic condition. If I could find one  similar, Id buy it in an instant.

#19 amaza

Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:06 PM

I have a mixture of wood and glass at the moment. It's awful and I hate it.

DP and I have just chosen a new solid wood table for when we move in together in a few months time. It has to be better than what I have to deal with now.

#20 Manicmum

Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:19 PM

We have had 5 tables in the past 3 years. Glass one was too big and too dangerous for 3 under 2. Beautiful 60's teak ruined by DH and his scourer, next was a dodgy from eBay, wood, but water damaged when we got it (not impressed with seller) and then a wooden table with benches, disaster, they were not as seen and too high and holes drilled in the top to look old (real good food collectors). We now have a stainless steel topped table from Freedom and love it. No placemats, not tablecloths, nail polish and textas are easy to clean and it looks great!!

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