How to Buy a Stone Coffee Table

If you want to have an elegant, strong, and durable table in your living room, consider installing a stone coffee table there. Before you buy one, however, there are three important things to mind. Firstly, you need to know why a stone table in your living room is better than glass, wood, and acrylic tables. Secondly, you need to choose the right type of stone for your table. And finally, you need to know how to care for your stone table.

Stone Coffee Table

Why Should You Buy a Stone Coffee Table?

There are three obvious reasons why buying a stone coffee table is considered an excellent idea.

1.      It is beautiful.

Stone, whatever type it is, is undoubtedly more beautiful than other tabletop materials. You can compare stones, such as granite and marble, with glass and wood to finally decide that stones are indeed much more aesthetically pleasing than the other materials.

Tessellated Stone Tile Coffee Table

Tessellated Stone Tile Coffee Table
Tessellated Stone Tile Coffee Table by Pinterest.com

A stone coffee table looks beautiful because the stone is available in a large assortment of natural colors and patterns. Their look is also unique because no two stones look similar. Different types of stone have their own distinctive looks and even two similar types of stone sport different patterns. If you want to have a unique coffee table in your living room, choosing a stone coffee table is always an excellent idea.

Sixties vintage design stone coffee Table

Sixties vintage design stone coffee table
Sixties vintage design stone coffee table by bomdesignfurniture.com

A stone coffee table always looks beautiful also because its look is timeless. Stone furniture never goes out of style and it looks mesmerizing in both traditional and modern interior design scenarios. Because of its timeless beauty, a stone table is considered a valuable investment that makes your living room everlastingly beautiful.

Relic Onyx Stone Coffee Table

Relic Onyx Stone Coffee Table
Relic Onyx Stone Coffee Table by kookudesign.com

2.      It is strong and durable.

A stone coffee table is also strong and durable. The material of the table resists abuses more excellently than glass does and it resists stain and heat better than wood and acrylic do.

Certain types of stone require proper and regular maintenance, but there are also stone types that don’t require too much maintenance. Regardless, all of those stone types are similarly durable when exposed to uses and abuses. And even if certain high-maintenance stone types are not maintained properly, a professional can still restore them without compromising their strength and durability.

Relic Cheese Stone Black Resin Coffee Table

Relic Cheese Stone Black Resin Coffee Table
Relic Cheese Stone Black Resin Coffee Table by oneliving.ie

Choosing the Right Stone Material for Your Stone Coffee Table

When you want to buy a stone coffee table, the most important thing to mind is obviously the type of stone that the table uses. Different stone types have different characteristics, pros, and cons. Understanding them will help you determine which stone type is the best for your stone coffee table.

1.      Marble

Marble is the most favored natural stone because it is quarried everywhere on earth and because it looks amazing with its delicate veins. Marble’s fame has been retained for centuries and acknowledged by different civilizations on earth. The downsides of marble are that it requires frequent maintenance, it scratches and etches easily, and it is sensitive to acids and heat.

Postmodern Stone Coffee Table

Postmodern Stone Coffee Table
Postmodern Stone Coffee Table by homesteadseattle.com

2.      Serpentine

Serpentine is often called green marble due to its similar look to marble. Unlike marble, it is relatively resistant to acids, so you don’t have to worry if you want to serve colas or wine on it without a coaster. Like marble, serpentine needs to be sealed regularly to prevent damage.

Muller Faux Marble Stone Coffee Table Hand-Painted Lacquer Grey

Muller Faux Marble Stone Coffee Table Hand-Painted Lacquer Grey
Muller Faux Marble Stone Coffee Table Hand-Painted Lacquer Grey by 1stdibs.com

3.      Granite

Another popular stone material for your stone coffee table is granite. Granite’s look may not be as pleasing as marble due to the presence of dark spots, which you may either love or hate; however, in terms of strength, granite beats marble because it is resistant to heat, acids, and scratch.

Marie Oval Stone Coffee Table

Marie Oval Stone Coffee Table
Marie Oval Stone Coffee Table by mecox.com

4.      Soapstone

If you are looking for a material that is denser than granite, soapstone is a better material for your stone coffee table. Soapstone is dense and has a unique look. Due to its high density, it is very resistant to heat and acids. However, like soap, it can be easily scratched.

Magic Stone Coffee Table

Magic Stone Coffee Table
Magic Stone Coffee Table by 1stdibs.com

5.      Limestone

If you want neutral colors and some intricate ornaments for your stone coffee table, choose limestone. Limestone looks great with its thin veins and shell fossil and it is also strong and durable. Limestone can be easily cut and sculpted, hence its use as construction and sculpture material. Like marble, limestone requires frequent maintenance.

Jasmine Black Stone Coffee Table

Jasmine Black Stone Coffee Table
Jasmine Black Stone Coffee Table by 1stdibs.com

6.      Travertine

Travertine is a variant of limestone that has almost all features of this stone. One distinguishing feature that makes travertine unique is its vein. The look of its veins is determined by how it is cut. If it is cut perpendicular to the bedding plane, the veins will look linear. If the stone is cut across the bedding plane, the veins will look cloud-like.

7.      Quartzite

Quartzite is a very popular metamorphic stone that you can choose as your stone coffee table material. Its mesmerizing colors and patterns become its strongest features. It also resists scratch and acids excellently, making it a low-maintenance stone. Don’t expose it to heat and sharp object, though, to prevent damage.

8.      Onyx

All of the aforementioned stones are opaque. If you miss the transparent look of glass, choose onyx. This is the princess of the stones that is famed for its mesmerizing translucent look. Choose this stone as the material of your stone coffee table and you will have a truly amazing table in your living room. Onyx, however, is the most fragile stone that you can choose for your table because is easy to break, to stain, and to be damaged by acids.

Jadeite Stone Coffee Table
Jadeite Stone Coffee Table by sitdownny.com

How to Care for Your Stone Coffee Table

To ensure the strength and durability—and therefore the everlasting beauty—of your stone coffee table, you need to do proper maintenance to it. The amount of maintenance that you have to do is determined by the type of stone that you choose for the table.

Aurora Black Stone Coffee Table

Aurora Black Stone Coffee Table
Aurora Black Stone Coffee Table by sitdownny.com

For all stone types, regular cleaning is necessary to remove unwanted particles and chemicals from the table’s surface. For more fragile stone types, regular sealing is necessary to prevent damages triggered by acids, heat, and abrasion. It is highly recommended that you prevent your stone coffee table from being too frequently exposed to anything that may cause damage to it.

Agate Stone Coffee Table

Agate Stone Coffee Table
Agate Stone Coffee Table by incollect.com

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