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The Best Types of Wood
For Dining Tables Explained


When it comes to selecting the best wood for a dining table, there are a lot of factors to consider from durability, to sustainability, to interior design preferences. Read on to explore six quality wood options for your dining table


Dining Table Wood Types & How to Chose

World Interiors' selection of dining table wood types showcases a commitment to both quality and environmental sustainability. Each wood type brings its own set of characteristics that cater to various aesthetic and functional needs. 

Acacia Wood

Acacia wood is known for its stunning grain pattern. It offers a robust option for those seeking a durable, long-lasting dining table, and stands up to heavy usage in the dining room. For example, the Blayne Rustic Farmhouse Live-Edge Dining Table exemplifies the rustic charm and strength of Acacia wood.

  • Durability: Highly durable, resistant to wear and tear, perfect for heavy use.
  • Design Style: Rustic charm with stunning grain patterns, ideal for warm, inviting spaces.
  • Maintenance: Low maintenance, requiring simple cleaning and occasional oiling.
  • Sustainability: Often sourced from sustainable forests, reducing environmental impact.

Birch Wood Tables

The Aspen Birch Wood Round Dining Table highlights Birch's light color and fine grain, making it a perfect match for minimalist or Scandinavian-inspired interiors.

  • Durability: Strong yet lightweight, suitable for regular use.
  • Design Style: Light color and fine grain, perfect for minimalist or Scandinavian aesthetics.
  • Maintenance: Easy to clean and maintain, enhancing its longevity.
  • Sustainability: Commonly available, making it an eco-friendlier option.

Mango Wood Tables

Mango wood is celebrated for its sustainability and distinctive color variations. It also adds a unique touch with pieces like the Mango Wood Round Pedestal Table, showcasing its natural beauty and pattern diversity.

  • Durability: Moderately durable, ideal for less frequent use.
  • Design Style: Unique color variations and grain patterns, adds warmth and character.
  • Maintenance: Simple care routine, requiring dusting and occasional polish.
  • Sustainability: Highly sustainable, often harvested after fruit-bearing years.

Oak Wood Tables

A symbol of strength and durability, Oak wood tables, such as the Modern Dining Table in Distressed Oak Wood, offer a timeless appeal suitable for generations of use.

  • Durability: Extremely durable, withstands scratches and spills, family-friendly.
  • Design Style: Timeless appeal with pronounced grain, versatile across many décor styles.
  • Maintenance: Minimal effort to maintain its appearance.
  • Sustainability: Long lifespan reduces the need for frequent replacements.
  • Versatility: Excellent for both classic and contemporary interiors

Teak Wood Tables

Teak is renowned for its hard-wearing nature, making it an ideal choice for a durable dining table that withstands the test of time. The Regina French Industrial Dining Table is a perfect example. We use solid reclaimed teak wood to create this vintage-inspired piece.

  • Durability: Exceptionally hard-wearing, great for indoor and outdoor use.
  • Design Style: Smooth finish that ages gracefully, fits both contemporary and traditional looks.
  • Maintenance: Naturally resistant to rot and pests, very low maintenance.
  • Sustainability: Often sourced from managed plantations, promoting responsible forestry.

Reclaimed Wood Tables

Focused on sustainability, reclaimed wood pieces like the Cordoba Vintage Reclaimed Dining Table bring a piece of history and eco-conscious design into your dining space.

  • Durability: Strong and durable, each piece offers a unique history.
  • Design Style: Brings vintage charm and character, eco-conscious choice.
  • Maintenance: Varies depending on the finish, generally easy with a natural patina that adds to its appeal.
  • Sustainability: Reduces waste and uses no new resources.

Sheesham Wood Tables

Known for its rich colors and durability, Live Edge Sheesham wood tables add an exotic flair and robustness, perfect for those looking to make a statement.

  • Durability: Highly durable and robust, excellent for frequent use.
  • Design Style: Rich colors and striking grain patterns, adds exotic flair.
  • Maintenance: Easy to care for, with a resistance to warping.
  • Sustainability: Durable construction ensures longevity, less frequent need for replacement.

These wood types are carefully selected by World Interiors to ensure durability, aesthetics, and minimal environmental impact, reflecting the brand's commitment to offering sustainable and beautifully crafted dining tables.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Dining Table Material

Lifestyle and Usage

If you frequently host dinners or use the table for various activities, materials like hardwood (oak, teak, acacia) offer durability and resistance to daily wear.

Design Aesthetic

The material of your dining table should reflect and complement your home's design theme. Solid wood or reclaimed wood tables anchor a space with warmth and rustic charm. Consider how the texture, color, and finish of the material can enhance your room’s design.


The longevity of your dining table is a significant consideration. Wood stands up well to years of use, making it ideal for tables that will see a lot of use.


Consider how much time and effort you are willing to dedicate to maintaining your table. Marble can be a beautiful choice for dining. It is durable but porous and requires regular sealing. Similarly, solid wood may need ongoing attention. You may need to refinish the table if an oil or wax stain was used. This can extend its life and preserve its beauty.

Environmentally Friendly

For the eco-conscious shopper, selecting a material that has a low environmental impact is key. Reclaimed wood is a popular choice because it adds character but also reduces the demand for new timber. World Interiors partners with The Mango Foundation to support sustainability and an eco-friendly form of style.

Space and Size

The scale of your dining table in relation to your dining area is another important factor. Solid wood tables tend to suit larger rooms well and really add to a dining room’s elegance. Additionally, intricate shapes or larger size tables may require the strength and stability of solid wood.


Your budget will significantly influence your choice of material. While solid oak, Acacia and teak are premium options with higher price tags. Your dining table is an investment in your home, opting for quality materials that will endure over time, potentially saving money in the long run.


Selecting a versatile wood can be a smart choice if you anticipate future changes to your dining area or design. Materials that can be easily refinished or painted, such as oak or birch, can easily adapt to new décor trends.

Comparative Guide to Dining Table Wood Types

Choosing the best wood for dining tables is a pivotal decision in interior design, one that can define the entire look and feel of a room. This chart simplifies wood options to help you decide on the right one for your dining room. 

Wood TypeDurabilityUnique FeaturesAesthetic AppealSustainability
TeakExceptionally HighImproves with age, acquiring a beautiful patinaWarm, rich tones; suits various decor stylesEco-friendly; Often sustainably sourced or reclaimed.
OakHighDense grain provides resilience against scratches and dentsClassic look, versatile for many design stylesDurable, long-lasting
AcaciaHighStriking grain patterns; highly durableWarm and inviting; adds rustic charmSustainable; grows quickly and in abundance
BirchModerateLighter alternative with a fine grainIdeal for minimalist or Scandinavian themesRelatively sustainable; widely available
MangoModerateUnique color variations; lightweightExotic and colorful; adds a unique touchHighly sustainable; utilizes wood from non-fruit-bearing trees
Reclaimed WoodHigh to Very HighEach piece has unique history and characterAdds vintage charm and a story to dining spacesExtremely eco-friendly; repurposes old wood, reducing waste
SheeshamHighRich colors and intricate grainExotic, with a luxurious feelSustainable when responsibly sourced
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Why Buy a World Interiors
Solid Wood Table?

Crafted with heirloom-quality standards, our tables showcase the sustainably sourced solid wood, promising longevity without compromising on style. Explore our curated selection of timeless pieces that make a statement while still honoring our environment.

  • Sustainability: Our commitment to sustainability is evident in every piece. Each table is crafted from responsibly sourced wood, ensuring your furniture choice contributes positively to the environment.
  • Craftsmanship: With a focus on traditional techniques blended with modern innovation, our tables boast unparalleled quality and durability, designed to last for generations.
  • Design: Whether you're drawn to the natural beauty of a live edge table or the timeless elegance of traditional design, our tables are the perfect centerpiece for any dining room.

The Art of Dining Table Maintenance

The key to maintaining the beauty and longevity of your dining table lies in understanding and catering to its unique needs. Here’s how: 

Fundamentals of Maintenance:

  • Consistent Dusting: Use a soft, lint-free cloth to remove dust. This prevents buildup that can scratch the table's surface over time.
  • Gentle Cleaning Solutions: Avoid harsh chemicals that can damage the wood's finish. Opt for mild, wood-friendly cleaners, and always test on an inconspicuous area first.

Protection Strategies:

  • Safeguard Against Extreme Conditions: Direct sunlight and proximity to heat sources can cause fading, warping, or cracking. Consider the placement of your table in relation to windows and heaters.
  • Preventative Measures: Embrace the use of coasters, placemats, and table pads. These simple tools can prevent heat damage, moisture penetration, and mechanical scratches from daily use.

Long-Term Care Practices:

  • Invest in Quality Table Pads: Custom-fitted pads can protect against accidental heat, spills, and dents, and are particularly advisable for tables used frequently.
  • Restoration Services: For significant wear or damage, professional restoration can rejuvenate your table, preserving its functionality and aesthetic appeal.

Navigating Wood Selections and Addressing
Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Most Durable Material for a Dining Table?

For durability, hardwoods like oak, teak, and acacia are top choices. They withstand daily use and maintain their appearance over time.

How Do I Choose the Best Wood for My Dining Space?

Among the options, Acacia stands out for its durability and striking grain patterns, making it a popular choice for those seeking both beauty and longevity in their dining furniture. Birch and Mango woods offer lighter alternatives, with Mango particularly noted for its unique color variations and sustainability credentials. Oak is revered for its classic look and robustness, suitable for a piece meant to last generations.

Teak and other reclaimed woods are sought after for their exceptional durability and contribution to eco-friendly interiors, whereas Sheesham wood is prized for its rich colors and intricate grain. These wood types provide a range of options that cater to diverse tastes and dining room aesthetics.

How Do I Maintain My Wood Dining Table?

Regular dusting, immediate cleaning of spills, and the use of coasters and placemats will protect your table's surface. Avoid direct sunlight and heat sources to prevent damage.

Is a Solid Wood Dining Table Worth It?

Yes, a solid wood dining table is considered a valuable investment for various reasons. Firstly, it's known for its durability and the ability to withstand regular use over many years. Solid wood tables are crafted to endure the daily activities typical of a dining area, from meals to conversations and even the occasional spills or wear and tear.

Are Your Wood Dining Tables Sustainable?

Sustainability is a crucial factor for many consumers today, and when it comes to dining tables, the choice of material can significantly impact the sustainability of the product. Solid wood dining tables can be a sustainable option, primarily when the wood is sourced responsibly. Manufacturers that prioritize environmental sustainability tend to use wood from managed forests, where trees are replanted to replace those that are harvested, or they may use reclaimed wood, which repurposes wood from old buildings, bridges, and other structures, reducing the need for new timber and minimizing waste.

Sustainable Elegance That Lasts:
Eco-Friendly Woods for Your Dining Table

World Interior dining tables are heirloom quality pieces that not only enrich your dining space but also stand as a testament to eco-friendly practices. Explore World Interiors dining tables to make a statement in your dining room, combining aesthetic appeal with ethical sourcing and exceptional quality.