• CONTRACT TABLE TOPS – FACTORS TO CONSIDER

    Hotel Table Top

    Contract table tops are supplied by Lugo to the hotel, restaurant, leisure and cruise sectors. This document is aimed at specifiers and buyers of tables tops for a contract installation.

    Table tops are available in a large variety of materials; Nevertheless, all of these options can largely be categorized into the following:
    Solid wood table tops
    Laminated table tops
    Veneered table tops
    Glass table tops

    WHICH TIMBER TO SPECIFY FOR A SOLID WOOD TABLE TOP

    Timbers differ between the domestic and contract sectors; the most popular solid wood table tops for the hospitality sector are beech, ash and oak but other woods such as walnut, and sapele are also available.

    SOLID BEECH

    Beech table tops are usually made in 25mm, 32mm or 40mm thickness.
    Beech is a blonde wood and has no strong grain patterning. As such, it accepts stain very easily. It is also the most popular timber used in contract furniture manufacturing because it is a very stable wood.

    SOLID ASH

    Ash table tops are typically 25mm thick or 32mm thick. Ash has a very distinctive V-shaped grain for those customers who like their timbers to have a little more character. Of course customers must appreciate that when tables are butted together in restaurants the grain variations between tables does not offer the same uniformity as beech.

    SOLID OAK

    Solid oak table tops have a more rustic aesthetic and are most commonly used in the pub sector wanting a “farmhouse” finish. Tops can be supplied in 25mm thickness or 32mm thickness as standard.
    Oak grains are graded depending on the scale of grain required and whether knots are desirable.

    SOLID WALNUT

    Walnut is an opulent looking timber from which to manufacture table tops.
    It is equally a very strong wood that can withstand the rigours of a busy restaurant.
    Walnut is available in 25mm thickness, although thicker tops can be manufactured to order.

    SOLID SAPELE

    Sapele table tops have a similar appearance to mahogany as it is a dark rich red African hardwood.

    WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN SPECIFYING A VENEER FOR TABLE TOPS

    A veneer is a thin slice of wood which is stocked in 8’ x 4’ sheets.
    When using a veneer on a table top the veneer needs to be glued on to a core structure, usually MDF (medium density fibreboard).
    An MDF core is particularly stable and it will neither warp nor bend.
    Veneer can be added onto more exotic wood cores but this often results in the product being over-engineered and expensive as a result.

    The most widely used beech veneer table tops have an exposed MDF edge. This is the most cost effective way of producing a veneer table top.
    An optional hardwood edge of 5mm adds a little cost but is worth the additional cost when considering the level of impact protection it offers the leading edges.

    HIGH PRESSURE LAMINATED TOPS

    Lugo works primarily with the leading manufacturers of high pressure laminates (HPL’s) namely Resopal, Polyrey and Formica but of course we can equally accommodate any pre-specified contract standard laminate.
    HPL table tops are manufactured from the fusion of multiple layers of impregnated paper under high pressure and temperature. Laminated tops are arguably the lowest maintenance specification for hotel tables as they are less susceptible to marking. They are easily cleaned and with a hardwood edge they are largely bullet-proof.
    There is a wide variety of wood-effect laminates that provide a rich warm textured aesthetic with all the practicalities of a HPL.

    TABLE EDGE PROFILES

    BULL NOSE EDGE

    A curvaceous tactile edge profile but bull-nose edges will create valleys between tables when tables are butted together.

    STRAIGHT EDGE CUT

    As the name suggests, the edge is cut straight to ease butting of restaurant tables to accommodate larger groups of diners.

    CHAMFERED TOP EDGE

    Adds some interest to the edge detail but like the bull-nose will also create valleys when pushing tables together.

    UNDERCUT CHAMFERED EDGE

    Works well with most table tops and allows the flexibility of butting tables together.

    ARRISSED EDGE

    This is largely the same as a straight-cut edge but has a very slightly rounded corner to gently soften the aesthetic.

    HARDWOOD EDGE

    Available in 5mm or 10mm options. Adhered to the table edge to provide additional impact protection.
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