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Table Top Edge Profiles

Most solid wood & stone table tops can be finished with your choice of edge profile. Our guide below shows many of the most popular table top edge profiles.

Edge profiles can be customised within reason. Adding this subtle difference can make an impactful impression on diners.

table top edge profiles diagram

Solid Wooden Tops

Most solid wooden table tops can be finished with a choice of edge profile, with many of the most popular shown above. tThese edges are created using wood routing tools and the profiles reflect the shapes of these tools. Some of these profiles are limited to maximum 30mm thick tops and can not be achieved on built down edges.

Tip: Rounded edge details tend to be less vulnerable to damage.

Waney edge

A natural-looking alternative is a Waney edge profile, available usually with Oak. A Waney edge is the outside cut of a log, with the bark removed. Available on square or rectangular tops and always on two edges only. The width of a Waney edge can vary and a tolerance of 50mm (on either side) needs to be considered when choosing a top size. 

waney-edge-on-trestle-table-baseWaney edged table top on Trestle table base

See more examples of waney edge table tops here.

Veneered and Laminated Wooden Tops

The edge of a cheaper core can be left visible and finished in the above profiles. Laminate with a plywood core works particularly well as it is both hard-wearing and attractive. 

Laminates often have ‘self-laminate’ edges, usually to match the top. However laminated edges are easily damaged and will only work if the depth of the edge is at least 50mm and give enough glue area to stick properly.

A hardwood edge (HWE) is a good option if you are trying to achieve a natural look for a fraction of the price of a solid top. Hardwood edges are typically oak, ash or beech. This starts at 3mm thick and continues up to 25 or more. The type of wood can match the veneer or laminate wood effect or be contrasting – say walnut or iroko.

For the edge detail to be visible from above, opt for ‘edge on last’. This is where the edge is fixed after the top is glued to the core. This has the added benefit of stopping chipping.

Built-down edges make a top appear thicker. It makes for a lighter and cheaper table than a solid wood top, but also avoids the need for a base to be shortened (cut-down).

ABS/PVC edging is possibly the most durable option and is available in various sizes and finishes to match laminate colours or wood effects.

Rubber/ edging is available in black only and is used on tops that get moved or prone to heavy knocking.

Edges can be finished independently to the core and therefore can be played with and used in contrast to top finishes.

laminate edging options

When applying edging to tops, it’s important to remember, the inner surface size (when specifying needs to minus the edge thickness x 2)

When there is a radius to the corners, the inner radius of the top surface needs to minus the edge thickness to achieve the overall required outer radius (say 50mm in the below example):

radius of tables when calculating edge thickness diagram

If the edge thickness is 30mm and you require the outer corner to be a radius of 50mm, you would need the inner corner to be 20mm, otherwise the outer will be 80mm. Resulting in a very different shaped top.

Edge profiles for stone tables

The edges of stone tops can be surprisingly fragile – the corners of square tables are particularly prone to chipping and ‘sharp’ edges will be damaged more easily than rounded edges. We recommend the following edge profiles for stone.

stone table top edge profiles

Metal Edging on table tops


Metal table top edge at Hilton - Dublin

The current trend is to have metal edging on table tops:

  • The most important thing to know about metal edging, is that it should not be applied to solid wood tops, as wood tends to move naturally, reacting to surrounding temperatures, this movement can cause the edging to come away (as shown below examples).
  • The edging is usually fixed on by glue with small nails applied at the join (or not, if the edge is wrapped from underneath – example below), with counter sunk screws , rivets or studs.
  • The thickness starts from 1.2mm to 5mm max – the price increases the thicker it is.
  • Having sharp corners or radius may dictate what thickness can be used.
  • Different metals can be used such as Brass, Copper and steel.
  • All metal edging is finished with beeswax (not lacquer) and will require regular application to maintain its appearance and slow the patina or rusting rate.

Types of Metals

brass metal edge table top


blackend metal edge table top

 Powder coated Steel



Types of Metal Edging





Marble table top with metal trim egde

Channel or inlayed angle

Different metals can be uses such as brass, copper & blackened steel. Overlay edging is expensive as it requires fine craftsmanship and is therefore time consuming.

Types of fixings for band edging

band eging cheap vs strong

The cheapest option (left) is glue with small nails applied at the join. The stronger option is to wrap the band and apply the screws underneath (right).

rivets for band edging on a table-top



Domed studs


Countersunk screws

All of these options are available in many finishes and sizes. The location/distance between each fixing can also be specified to user'ssers preference.

What Happens When Metal Edging Is Applied To Solid Wood

metal edge on solid wood table top

metal edge on solid wood table top

Read more about why you shouldn't fix metal edging to solid wood table tops.

Further furniture reading

Download the full Furniture Knowledge book for more images of edging options available or read our blog on types of wooden table top to learn more about table materials. If you're ready to browse tables, click furniture in the menu above or view our coffee table product picks here. 

We have many solid wood table tops and samples on display at our Hammersmith furniture showroom. Please get in touch with our friendly and helpful team by calling freephone 0800 8494 135.

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By Paula Stanbridge-Faircloth Paula Stanbridge-Faircloth on 01/08/17 10:42
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