The Dining Surface Dilemma

by Star Furniture on November 16, 2015

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Your dining surface is the center of your family’s life. You gather around it to eat, your kids may use it to do their homework, and the right choice in dining surface will be different for every family in every home.

But no matter how different your dining surface is from anyone else’s, there is one thing in common: you want it to last, so you need to take care of it properly. Star Furniture offers some absolutely gorgeous dining room sets with all different table surfaces. This will be the first in a series of blog posts all about dining surfaces: which options are available, what type of surface will best serve its functional purpose, and how to take care of these unique materials to make them last for years!

Today, we’ll just start with the basics of casual dining. What are all your dining surface options? There may be more differences from one dining table to another than you thought! Casual dining surfaces come with a lot more customizable options than do the traditional and formal dining tables. But no matter what materials are used to make a dining surface, there will be unique care instructions for each and every one.

  1. Wood – The most traditional material used in dining surfaces. Star’s wooden tabletops are covered in a clear lacquer, BUT it will not offer protection from damage.
  2. Restaurant-grade stainless steel – This type of surface is just what it sounds like. You might think this is a more durable option, but even stainless steel has its limitations and needs to be taken care of the right way. Remember, it’s not immune to scratches and dents.
  3. Metal skins – These are thin sheets of metal covering another surface underneath, giving the expensive look of metal for less. These surfaces can be damaged just as easily as a regular wood surface and should be cared for accordingly.
  4. Stone – These surfaces are naturally porous, though they are usually filled in with some type of resin, and coated in a clear lacquer like wood. It’s not indestructible, but it can take a few more punches than, say, a wooden surface.
  5. Rustic/reclaimed/heavily wire-brushed – Older or distressed materials are more likely to absorb and retain moisture (water marks).
  6. Copper – All of Star Furniture’s copper is real and textured and aged by hand. These surfaces will vary piece to piece because of this. These are usually covered by a non-protective clear lacquer coating
  7. Glass – Obviously a fragile option for dining surfaces. Not as durable as your other choices, and requires more cleaning than other surfaces.

Remember, form follows function, so it’s all about how your family will use your dining surface. If you found this post helpful, chances are one of your friends will too, so share the love on Facebook, Twitter, or wherever you do your social media thing!

In our next blog post, we’ll talk about the benefits and drawbacks of each type of dining surface, and how to care for each! Don’t miss out!

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