When furnishing a home or professional environment, the choice of table often makes all the difference. More than any other element, the table must combine aesthetics and functionality. This is why those who want a prestigious solution opt for a solid wood table.

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Bontempi Casa solid wood table

Why choose a solid wood table

It is a material of great value, with a strong aesthetic impact and at the same time robust, durable and resistant.

In general, it requires little maintenance: it simply needs to be treated with products such as nutritive and protective waxes.

It comes in a wide variety of colour shades, depending on which tree it comes from. And it fits perfectly into any environment, from the most modern to the most rustic.

What is a solid wood table

Solid wood is timber that is milled directly from trees, unlike others such as plywood, medium-density fibreboard or veneers, which are made from composite materials instead.

No fillers or adhesives are used, solid wood contains original wood fibres: this makes solid wood tables solid and aesthetically pleasing.

Solid wood tables: which furniture elements to combine?

Vintage-style romms,country-inspired furniture: obviously, a solid wood table is perfectly at home in these contexts. But it is not the only possibility of use. The solid wood table is often chosen to embellish, as a contrast, an industrial-style environment: among metal, iron, aluminium and steel, the story of a wood with its relief grain stands out. Similarly, to create an interesting and pleasing contrast, solid wood tables are often proposed together with minimal, cold, ultra-modern furnishing accessories. This versatility is evident in the Bridge table model, an emblem of absolute design that can embrace any furnishing style.

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Bridge table, the solid wood table by Bontempi Casa

Which wood to choose for your solid wood table

If you buy a solid wood table with the idea of using it continuously, it is best to go for hardwoods: for example, oak and birch. If you want to aim for maximum hardness, then mahogany and ebony should be chosen, while softer ones such as spruce and pine should be avoided. For possible outdoor use, it is advisable to opt for oak, olive, teak and chestnut, which have a natural tendency to withstand the elements. If, on the other hand, the basic choice stems from colour requirements, the palette of colours offered by solid wood is really wide. In general, pear, fir and larch should be considered among the light-coloured ones. Among the dark ones are chestnut, walnut and ebony, and various shades of brown and red, such as oak, cherry and elm.

All the secrets of the solid wood table: shapes, spaces and volumes

If you are going to buy a solid wood table, first of all the dimensions of the room should be assessed: ideally, you should consider 80 centimetres from the wall and at least five feet from the passage area. Of course, if space is limited, an extendable table can be considered. Another parameter to consider is height: the recommended one is 70-80 centimetres, while a space between 50 and 60 centimetres wide must be ensured for each person. These considerations determine the choice of table shape: square ones are more practical, creating visual rigour, with their sides that can be placed parallel to the walls. Circular tables, on the other hand, stand out more in the room, but shorten distances and erase seating hierarchies. The oval shape is interesting, creating a compromise between ease of placement in the room and conviviality.

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