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Using Flooring for Table Tops

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Did you know that you can use wooden floor boards to make table tops? Increasingly, we are being asked to use solid wood floor boards and engineered floor boards to make table tops as an alternative to solid wood table tops (which are made of timber planks) or veneer table tops.

Edging for floor board table tops

Floor boards are normally glued together and either attached to a plywood core or fitted with battens for stability, before being mounted onto the chosen table base. Floorboards often have tongue and groove sides for slotting into each other. Though made for easier fitting, this also means that the grooves would be visible around the edges of the table top. Therefore, floorboard table tops usually feature an additional layer of wood along the sides, known as 'edging'.  For more information on table top edging, please see our article on: Table Top Edge Profiles.


Solid vs engineered wood floor boards for table tops

The key difference between solid boards and engineered boards is how they react to the environment. Solid wood boards can react to moisture or heat by expanding or warping, whereas engineered boards, which are made from several layers of wood pressed together, are generally tougher and more reliable.

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Advantages of using flooring as table tops

  • Durability: Solid wood floor boards are more durable and thicker (15mm–20mm) than veneers (0.6mm–2mmm,) whereas engineered boards, which are several layers of wood pressed together, are even tougher than solid wood floor boards.
  • Bespoke: Using floor boards is a good option if you require your table top design to echo your flooring or a traditional parquet design.
  • Sustainable: Floor boards can be upcycled by sanding it back and refinishing it, whereas this isn't an option for veneer tops.

Disadvantages of using flooring as table tops

  • V gaps: Floor board often (but not always) have V gaps between each board where they are joined together. This makes the surface slightly uneven, where these small gaps can potentially catch crumbs or dust.  Finding the right boards to use will eliminate this issue.
  • Lead time: bespoke tables might take longer to complete


Not sure which table top to pick?

At the Contract Chair Company, we offer bespoke table tops using floor boards, but also have many solid wood table tops and samples on display at our Hammersmith furniture showroom. Why not speak to one of our friendly team members on our live chats? We would be delighted assist you in choosing the right table top for your project. View below for some examples of using flooring as table tops. 

Alternatively, you can download our Hospitality Furniture Knowledge booklet to learn more about the pros and cons of furniture materials, current style trends, and tips and tricks of the trade. 

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Topics: Tables, Furniture knowledge

By Hooria Eltumi on 21/01/22 14:34
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