If you fall in love with a metal or marble table, don’t be discouraged from buying it, but do think about how you might safely transport it. As suggested above, choose a small, round marble table, or go for a wooden table with detachable legs.
To visualize how a bigger piece of furniture will look, take the time to block out the length and width on the floor, and also the height of the table. I usually stand on my tape corners with a tape measure, then try to fill in that space with furniture of a similar size, and take a step back to see how it’ll feel. It also helps to have a friend stand there with the tape measure while you have a look.
A secondhand wood table with a farmhouse or industrial heritage has already passed the test of time. Any scratches and nicks in the tabletop surface have mellowed into design details, becoming features to admire.
Stone tabletops can include marble, quartz composite or cast stone. Stone is durable but can be porous and can absorb stains easily. “Depending on how it’s made, it can chip or crack,” said Ms. Hirschhaut, and once that happens, it can be tough or impossible to repair.