Buying a tulip style marble table is a big investment and it can be tricky to ascertain the seating capacity and the care and maintenance involved, so the following guide may be of some help if you are currently thinking about a marble tulip dining table.
Many different styles of the stem 'tulip style' table have been created since the 1950'S from the basic circular or square tops so often favoured by restaurants and bistros, to the refined and elegant tapered edge finish in circular or oval options.
SIZING AND SEATING CAPACITY
As a general guide, for circular tables, 90cm will seat four people and 100cm, 110cm diameters, four comfortably.
For five people 120cm circular tables are a good option and for five to six people, the 130cm and 140cm diameter sizes.
Oval shaped marble tables are usually available in the following sizes:
150cm x 120cm which is an egg shape to seat 6.
The 170cm x 110cm slimline oval will seat six people very comfortably and seven at a squeeze, whilst the large 2 metre long 200cm x 120cm oval marble will seat up to 10.
Note: The above guide will depend of course on the width and style of chairs used.
Quality can vary from cheaper Asian marbles to Italian quarried natural stone.
Chinese marble can still be of good quality but tends to be slightly yellower and not as crisp as Italian marble, which is considered one of the best in the world.
Most reproductions are manufactured in Asia simply due to labour and production costs, as is much furniture in general these days, so this is not necessarily an issue.
Types of Marble
Carrara marble is the most popular of marbles for tables and countertops.There are other options also and just a small selection below of some of the others characteristics and origins
Carrara: White/Grey mix feathered veins. Quarried in Carrara,Tuscany, Italy. Carrara marble has been used since the time of Ancient Rome and notable uses of it include The Pantheon, Michelangelo's David and Marble Arch.
Arabescato: White with strong dark grey waves of veining. Quarried in the Apuan mountains.
Portoro: Nero Portoro, a black marble with gold veining from Porto Venere Liguria, Italy
Emperador: A dark brown marble, almost black, with veining in honey and cream tones, extracted from Spanish quarries
Nero Marquina: A black marble with fine white veining, extracted from the region of Markina, Basque Country in the North of Spain.
There are usually two versions of bases: aluminium or fibreglass.
Cast aluminium is the better of the two. Made from a one piece mould, it is stronger and much lighter than the fibreglass option.
These are sprayed in a powder-coated step process to a high gloss or matt lacquer finish to match the top..
Cheaper bases tend to skimp on the paint process to save on production costs which in turn can lead to bases chipping and having less strength leading to excess flex, which in turn again, can lead to a wobble on the larger table tops.
Tip: Check base material. If possible choose an aluminium option.
Marble table tops are heavy with larger sized ones up to circa 100kg in weight, so it is advisable to ensure the area is suitable for such an item pre-purchasing and also to measure up the space correctly, to allow for the right size to fit with chairs around it.
A very simple method is to lay out some white A4 paper in the space to see how the overall space will look with that size table top.
Also, check access carefully and measure up - this can be important as if you are living in a property where the table needs to go via a narrow staircase with a turn for example, then, a large marble table will not have flexibility to bend around a tight corner! These are heavy items so ensure the room and space can hold such.
ASSEMBLY There is a base plate, on the underneath of the top which will have pre-drilled bolt points. The base will align and screw into this plate, usually via several bolts and an allen key provided.
Tip: If you are assembling the table yourself, open the crating and pull back the internal packaging but leave the table top with baseplate facing upwards in its protective crate on the floor.
Unbox the base and turn it upside down onto the top. You can then affix the base more easily. Once secured correctly, using two persons (or more for larger tables), lift the table by its edges, out of the crate and turn it upright.
MARBLE TABLE CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Generally, marble table tops are supplied factory polished, which means they have been machine polished to a high gloss, however, they remain 'unsealed' and as marble is a natural stone it requires sealing prior to use.
Before use and upon delivery, apply a marble sealant specifically made for 'machine or factory polished marble', and this should be re-applied every three months or so, to maintain a good seal.
Most hardware stores, online shops or tile merchants sell different brands of sealants. It is normally applied using a lint free cloth and we recommend two coats initially. We recommend Lithofin MN Stain-Stop
sealant and Lithofin MN Polish Cream
for everyday care
A marble wax polish such as Antiquax Marble Wax Polish
is also a good care product to use sparingly, and it can enhance and maintain the shine and polish of the top.
Marble does not "stain" that easily, however, it can "etch". A true marble stain is from some substance absorbing into the marble creating a dark spot.
Etch marks are dull spots or rings from glasses, vases etc. Since an etch mark is clear or whitish in color it is often called a "water stain". It is not caused by water, nothing has absorbed through the marble, rather it is like a faint burn mark on the surface.
Marble polishing is required to repair an etch mark, and can be done using an Etch Remover / Marble Polisher product.
Note: Sealing does not prevent marble etching.
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