About Marble Coffee Tables

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About Marble Coffee Tables
No two marble slabs look alike. (John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

For many, a marble coffee table screams 'elegance,' 'sophistication' and 'style.' These coffee tables are always unique, as no two marble slabs have the same patterns and appearance. Knowing the basics of a marble table will help you determine if a marble coffee table is best for you.

Shapes and Size

Marble coffee tables come in nearly every shape and size. Round, oval, square and rectangular shapes are the most common and readily available. However, it is possible to also find coffee tables that are hexagonal or even clover-shaped. Homeowners can also build their own marble coffee table and request a specific size and shape through a marble manufacturer.


The bases used for the marble top can vary the overall style and feel of the coffee table. For example, a wooden table base can be either contemporary, modern or traditional, depending on the style and colour of the wood and the colour and shape of the marble top. Meanwhile, wrought iron bases can be either traditional or contemporary, depending on the appearance of the wrought iron and the colouring of the marble table top. A pedestal-style base can make the room feel elegant or Victorian if darker colours are used, but the same table in different colours such as white marble paired with a white base can also make the room feel shabby chic or cottage chic.


Price for a marble coffee table can vary greatly depending on style, size and even age. Antique marble tables can go for £65 or several thousand dollars, depending on the condition and quality of the table. Meanwhile, newly manufactured marble coffee tables can also be relatively low in price, starting around £97, and going up into the thousands.

Faux Marble Coffee Tables

Faux marble coffee tables are a great option for those who do not wish to shell out the money for a real marble-topped table. Strides in manufacturing have created faux marble tops that look real, making it difficult to tell the difference between a true marble coffee table and a faux one. Faux marble coffee tables cost significantly less, starting as low as £39.

Caring for True Marble Coffee Tables

Natural stone is beautiful, but it requires very specific care. While a faux marble table may be cleaned with an all-purpose cleaner, true marble is more difficult to clean. Real marble is surprisingly absorbent, so spills and harsh cleaners can cause serious damage to the marble's appearance. Avoid products that are high in acid, including "all purpose" cleaners and vinegar. Instead, opt for neutral cleaners such as phosphate-free biodegradable liquid soaps or even simply using a damp cloth. If spills occur, clean them up immediately to minimise damage. Acidic drinks such as sodas and orange juice can be particularly damaging if not cleaned up immediately.

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