At Texas Counter Fitters (TCF), we don’t just create gorgeous countertops; we also customize tabletops to complement your counters or simply serve as statement pieces in your home. While installing countertops is more involved, there are still quite a few things to consider when it comes to choosing the right tabletop for you—and we are here to help! Check out our info below.
Material. It matters. And we recommend using—you guessed it—natural stone. Natural stones like quartzite, marble, slate, onyx, and granite hold up better than commonly used materials such as wood, so they’ll never give you anything less than a sturdy table. Just as we tell customers about countertops, natural stone is extremely low-maintenance, easy to clean, largely water-resistant, and less prone to etching and scratching. And because no one slab of natural stone is the same, there are plenty of variations to choose from, and you can rest assured that your table is 100% unique and suitable for your style and home. As if all that weren’t enough, natural stone is absolutely stunning. The timeless beauty of natural stone is sure to add simple elegance and sophistication to any room.
Size and space. It’s time to whip out that measuring tape because the last thing you want is a beautiful table that doesn’t fit your space. Since tables can be deceptively large pieces of furniture, you’ll want to select a tabletop that leaves adequate space around the structure too. If you’re customizing a tabletop that will be part of a sitting table (e.g., a dining room table, kitchen table, card table, art table), you’ll need to leave quite a bit of breathing room for chairs—height-, length-, and width-wise. Most experts contend that three feet of breathing room on all sides is the way to go, but the best advice is to find a chair similar to what you want and measure it within the context of the room. To meet the needs of our clients, our tabletops are made to order in both standard and non-standard sizes.
Shape. Square and rectangular tabletops are the most common, but it all really depends on your space and preference. Before selecting the shape for you, more than the spatial consideration mentioned above, you’ll want to give careful thought to how much surface area you’ll need—for placemats, centerpieces, and activities. Both round and oval table tops are ideal for areas with minimal space. In contrast, hexagonal, octagonal, and diamond-shaped tabletops are a great way to make the room more distinctive and fun. We suggest looking at our racetrack and elliptical oval cuts for tables that need to fit lots of people in a quaint area. There’s no limit to the types of tabletops you can create at TCF. We make them in a variety of standard and custom shapes!
Edge. A table profile gives your tabletop a little something extra—a little something that makes a lot of difference in terms of appearance. Just like the shape, tabletop edges can completely change the look of your table. They stand out, drawing your eye to them and contributing to the overall beauty of your space. That’s why being able to choose from a large selection of edges is essential—and why we make sure you can. Whether you are seeking a more contemporary or traditional style or somewhere in-between, we have the edge for you! Our edges include but are not limited to the following designs: bevel, chamfer, ogee, roundover, and mission. Keep in mind that the thickness of your tabletop may affect the feasibility of certain edges.
Budget. The amount of money you have to spend will determine what kind of tabletop is right for you. Our trained staff can help you calculate the best-quality options while paying attention to your budget and needs. Because we handle the entire stone process—from quarry to countertops—our prices are always fair, and our team is always willing to do the work to make sure you are satisfied every step of the way.
As you can see, more goes into tabletops than you think! If you’re in the market for a custom tabletop, give us a call or visit our showroom, and we’ll make it easy. You can find our contact info here.