Live Edge Tables 101

Updated: Jun 16

Do you like fancy furniture? Maybe you're tired of basic furniture designs and are looking for something unique?


Furniture is more than simply pieces of wood. They tell their own story. At Bilger Railing & Stairs, we have unique pieces and designs that do more than just sit around looking pretty.


Although regular furniture still reigns supreme in many households, unique heirloom pieces are fast gaining popularity. And, at Bilger Railing & Stairs, we're all too thrilled to bring them your way.


Perhaps, you've heard about these unique pieces, or you haven't. Either way, you'll learn lots about them in this article. The designs might seem outlandish, but they're certainly practical and altogether lovely!



What is live edge furniture?

Live edge furniture is cut from a single piece of wood. Unlike regular furniture that has edges polished to a sheen and finished to gleaming smoothness, live edge furniture retains its natural edge, giving it a unique effect- a feeling of nature and the outdoors. As far as aesthetics goes, live edge furniture is beautiful and unique!


Craftsmen don't usually use regular wood when creating live edge wood lumps and slabs. Rather, they use seemingly useless pieces, crafting them specially to display the live edges.


Live edge furniture isn't new, though. First appearing in the mid-20th century, the pioneering designer, George Nakashima, was intentional about it, specifically looking for pieces with knots, burrs, and figured grain.


Although the design did not gain immediate prominence, the turn of the 21st century saw a switch that drove demand sky-high. Today, several furniture manufacturers use the pieces to great effect.


You can now use the slabs as design complements like countertops, in addition to regular furniture.



Benefits of live edge tables

Live edge tables incorporate modern and traditional aesthetics to showcase trees' natural edges.


In addition, they're self-story-telling pieces of art with their own unique burrs, grains, and knots.


They also add a focal point to your living space by completely transforming it. The aesthetic is totally organic. And it stands out too! Anyone coming into the space has their attention automatically drawn to it!


Finally, they bring a natural feel to your living space, making it feel "alive."


How to take care of live edge tables

Maintaining your unique live edge tables is quite easy. All you have to do is to wipe it with a damp cloth. You can also use a detergent or mild soap for cleaning. After this, wipe the surface clean of all moisture with a dry cloth.



What is the price of a live edge table?

The cost depends on factors like the piece size and wood type. Generally, they're more expensive than regular furniture and can cost between $600 and $5000.

For a more accurate cost, request a quote here.


Live edge tables: design options

As truly unique and aesthetic pieces, you can style them in a variety of options such as:

  • Teak Root Wood

  • Walnut Root

  • Chestnut

  • Ash tree



Where can I buy a live edge table?

At Bilger Railing & Stairs, we have a wide range of choices for you to choose from and top-quality pieces to bring life and nature into your dwelling. Get a quote today.