Solid wood is a classic material because it is durable and easy to repair. Pine, acacia, mango and teak are popular, less expensive options. “Solid wood is the most popular, though it’s often the most expensive
Along with affordability and a timeless style, stability and construction are important to look for when inspecting tables at furniture stores. Think about how it feels to sit at one of those tables, whether it will be comfortable for long periods, and examine floor models for signs of wear. Look for nicks and scratches that may indicate how the tables would endure through serious use at home.
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.
If you buy a six-seater, eight can usually be accommodated at a pinch — the larger the diameter, the more people can be seated. On the other hand, rectangular tables have limited seating spots due to the position of the table legs and because only one person can be seated at each end.