How to Choose a Glass Top Dining Table

The dining table is where your meals are served every day. It is important to have a good and relax dining environment. This type of table comes in different shapes and sizes, but a typical dining table consists of flat top supported by four legs. Some of the common table top shapes are round, rectangular, square, oval. Usually, the table top is made from wood or glass. The base of the table is made from materials such as wood and marbles. Some people like to buy glass top dining table and there are several criteria that you have look at when you want to purchase this type of table.

First and foremost, a glass top dining table comes in different type of designs and concepts. The normal and most common ones are the contemporary, traditional and country designs. Younger generation will choose designs such as rustic, casual retro, transitional and mission. Some people preferred the antique designs such as the Queen Anne and French country. So, you have to be wise in choosing the design that you like and suits your dining room.

Second, the glass table top comes in many different shapes and most people will choose the rectangular shape table top. The rectangular shape provides additional space for meal serving activities. Oval shape and round glass top dining table are the other two types of table that people preferred.

Next, selecting the quality of the glass used to make this type of table is also a very important. The glass table top is made from either pure clear glass or glossy shredded with decoration lines and pictures. The glass table top should be supported and strengthened by good quality base. The table base is made from materials like cherry, oak, metal, rattan, marble, travertine and wrought iron.

The prices of the glass top dining table depend on the type of its quality and materials. A simple and affordable glass top table can cost several hundred dollars. While a good quality luxury glass top dining table can cost up to several thousand dollars. Luxury type consists of gold, silver or jade sculpture craft on the side of the tables and the seats.

As a conclusion, the designs, shapes, quality of materials and prices are very important in determining the type of glass top dining table that you are going to purchase. However, the dining room environment and design should be taken into consideration too. The table should match the background color of your dining room.

Source by Jarod Ong

Hollinshead and Kirkham, originally of Burslem in Staffordshire, moved their pottery works to nearby Tunstall in 1890. They catered mainly for the middle class end of the market and, in the main, produced a range of conservatively designed dinner ware. However in the economic slump following the First World War the company needed to do something to address their falling sales. Designer Harold Growcott was their White Knight.

Growcott came up with a range of designs for hand painted porcelain that tapped into the growing interest in all things Art Deco. The designs featured an abstract painted background of two or more colours on which bold fruit or floral designs were hand painted. The result was bold and exciting.

The Delicious Dozen as it came to be known was actually a range of 14 designs, but let's not be pedantic about a good nickname. The designs were applied to many of the existing pre-war shapes, to give them a new lease of life, as well as some fresh new shapes more in keeping with the Art Deco style. Due to its similar subject matter and large bold painting style H&K has also been dubbed 'Poor Man's Moorcroft' but if the prices I have had to pay for some of my pieces are anything to go by, that's not a title that fits today's collecting market.

This is the major collectible area for this pottery. Hey made many dinnerware designs, many of them very attractive but none of any real collector interest (except, of course to people who have a set handed down to them from their grandmother). But the Delicious Dozen have become extremely popular in recent years and if you come across a piece you will understand why.

Source by Karen Bellamy