Contemporary furniture designs incorporating natural elements are becoming increasingly popular. One striking example is the epoxy resin table, which can be made to order in a variety of shapes and sizes. This guide will give you an idea of what to consider when selecting or designing the one best suited to your needs.

Why you should get an epoxy table for your home or office.

Epoxy resin tables are not just for bars, restaurants and cafes, they're also a great addition to homes and offices, especially if you're looking to add a little shine and glamour to your living space.

When you have a resin table, you don't have to worry about it getting scratched or damaged by children or pets.

The smooth surface does not absorb stains, which makes it easy to clean. The material is also extremely durable and will last for years without cracking or chipping.

It’s also a way to use wood you normally wouldn’t use in a table build because of its’ odd shape, size, or stability.

Another great perk is that you can get very creative with your design – you can use epoxy as much or as little as you want for your final design. You can arrange pieces for a simple “river” in the middle, or as “islands” in the corners and center, or ocean waves crash on the shore. You can pick the epoxy color you like, or use crushed-up minerals like turquoise to add accents to your final piece.

 How to choose or design the right epoxy table for your space?

There are many things that you need to consider when choosing an epoxy table. Here are some tips on how to choose the right one:

1. Size and shape

Epoxy tables can be made as dining tables, coffee tables, side tables, bar tops, etc. If you have a specific space where you are going to put your table, you might want to have answers to some questions like these. Is it going to be used as a dining table, coffee table, or bar top? How many do I need to seat? Maximum size for square, rectangular, or round shape? These are important questions that will help determine the size of the table that will work best in your space。

2. Style

Choose from a variety of styles such as beach ocean view, dark wood with a river running in the middle, waterfall down to the side of the table, deep pour solid color resin, glow-in-dark epoxy, etc. There are also many different colors available so you can choose one that matches your decor perfectly!

Epoxy Resin Table

3. Wood type

Based on beauty, stability, and hardness, the best woods to use for epoxy resin tables are walnut, maple, black sandalwood, camphor, poplar, and ebony. Ebony wood is the hardest among those, followed by black sandalwood and hard maple, then black walnut and camphor, and poplar. Generally speaking, the harder the wood the more durable the table will be. But that’s not the only factor you’ll want to consider.

Each hardwood species has its own unique coloration and grain pattern. You will want to get the wood slab you like and match the style you are looking for. If you are looking for a more curved live edge piece of wood for your tabletop, you might want to consider ebony, camphor, or poplar.

Showing each type of wood pattern and wood grain for epoxy tables.
a piece of wood slab sketching out the river spot for making epoxy table.
an original piece of wood slab for epoxy table

4. Resin color.

The resin color selection is large since it can be dyed or mixed with pigments. When choosing the resin color or wood slab, keep in mind that you want them to be a good match or that they complement each other.

5. Cost

Depending on the size and wood type of the epoxy table you want to buy, it can cost anywhere between $100 to $4,000. For a large 48’’ epoxy dining table, you'll most likely spend $1,800-$3,000. If you are planning to make it yourself, you will need to think ahead about the tools you need to invest in.

6. Table leg

Most of the epoxy tables are easy to go with any style of table legs. Some shops will provide free table legs with the purchase of a table. However, a complicated or personalized style might cost extract. When figuring out how tall to make your table legs, don’t forget to take into account the thickness of your tabletop.

How long does it take to make a resin table?

An epoxy resin table can take 5-8 weeks to make. You must first find the right wood slab, prepare the wood for the epoxy process, apply the first layer of epoxy and wait until it dries before applying a second layer. Repeat as needed and then finish with a protective coat. I am sure it’s way more complicated than what I simply listed here, but I think you get the point.

Things need to be aware of if you DIY an epoxy table at home

#1 It’s kind of an expensive toy for beginners, so you might want to practice on small projects until you get the process and characteristics of epoxy before working on your masterpiece.

#2 Choosing the right epoxy and high-quality epoxy. There are many kinds of epoxy out there and each type serves a purpose. You need to get the right one for your project. And making a resin table with cheap resin can be challenging because some cheap resins can cause bubbles and make the surface of your table look bumpy. That is not something that you would want for the resin table that you made for your home or office. And low-quality resin table is less durable and has more risk of being scratched or destroyed by daily use.

#3 The process of mixing epoxy is sensitive to both the room and resin temperatures. For best results, the two parts should be 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit. That means you may need a heater or air conditioner to get your workspace in the right zone. Also, mix your epoxy when you are ready to pour.


We hope that this article has helped you to get a better understanding of epoxy tables, their benefits, and factors to consider when selecting your own one.

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