In addition to making the ideal material for topping cabinets as a countertop and work surface area, natural stone also makes an excellent material as a tabletop. Many types of stone have long been used to top small end and coffee tables. These pieces of stone may be whole, or composites, but the size of the table rarely lets the stone’s natural beauty show through.
Using the same stone on a larger, kitchen or dining room table opens up the possibility of creating a one-of-a-kind work of art that becomes the focal point in the room. And just like the way that natural stone holds up to daily use on a kitchen counter, it holds up equally well in this application. In fact, stone may need less care over its lifetime than the same table made with a wooden top. That’s because stone is harder and more durable, so it’s less likely to show scratches, dents, or divots.
Because natural stone comes in such a wide variety of different colors and patterns, the possibilities of how it can be used as a table – and as a focal point in the room – are nearly endless. Many granite slabs are even large enough to be used as a single piece on a family-sized dining room table. By using the whole slab this way, it allows all the richness of the color and grain to show through, enhancing its surroundings.
Natural stone-topped tables can be created using either a reinforced wood frame, or by using a set of metal legs for a contemporary look. Stone legs can also be created for the table using the same polishing and edging techniques, or by using a chiseled look to enhance the effect of the stone.
Instead of opting for a generic table that was mass-produced, make a real statement by choosing to make one out of stone, and capture the eye of everyone who sees it.