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Australian Timber: What is the best wood for a dining table?

The changing of seasons always brings about a sense of nostalgia and reflection. We start to think about the memories we made during the summer, and how we can continue to create new ones as the weather cools down. The crisp air of Autumn is invigorating, but it also means that we need to start preparing for the colder months ahead.

Choosing the right timber for your indoor dining table is an important decision. Not only does it affect the aesthetics of your dining room, but it also impacts the durability, longevity, maintenance, and sustainability of your table. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to decide.

What factors do I consider when selecting timber for an indoor dining table?

Appearance and Aesthetics

The natural wood grain is one of the most defining and beautiful features of timber dining tables. It is what gives each table its unique character and personality. The colour and finish of a timber dining table are critical elements in its aesthetics. Having the right finish can enhance the natural beauty of the wood grain, elevating your entire dining space.

When matching the table colour and finish to your decor, consider the colours of the room and other furniture pieces. The table should complement the overall style of the space while adding an element of warmth and character.

Integrity and Longevity

When it comes to dining tables, timber is a popular and enduring choice. It adds a sought-after warmth and character to a room whilst setting the standards for durability and stability.

It is important to consider the craftsmanship and sturdiness of a timber table when purchasing. A well-made timber dining table is a strong foundation for any family.

Size and Space

When choosing the right size and shape for your dining room, it's essential to consider the size of the room, the size of your ideal dining chairs, the number of people you will be seating regularly and while entertaining. Rectangular tables are a classic choice and work well in almost every space. Square or round tables can be a suitable alternative if your space does not allow for a rectangular table.

Your dining table is the centrepiece of the room, so having an appropriately sized table is an important box to tick. You might compliment your space with other furniture and decors, but keep in mind that a ‘dining room’ is exactly that!

Sustainability and the Environment

Knowing that your table is made ethically and sustainably is important to consider when searching for a dining table.

Purchasing Australian-made furniture with locally supplied materials is a fantastic way to support the national economy through small businesses, reduce your carbon footprint and ensure the quality of your table is of the highest standards.

Arcadia Dining Collection messmate natural

Arcadia Dining Table Setting

Why is my timber choice important in the long run?

The durability and strength of your dining table are essential factors to consider when selecting the right timber. Your table needs to be able to withstand regular use and resist wear and tear over time.

The strength and durability of your dining table will be influenced by the timber you choose. Hardwoods are known for their durability and can withstand heavy use, showing less wear than other softer woods, which are more susceptible to dents and scratches.

What are superior timber choices for an indoor dining table?


Messmate is an Australian hardwood species native to Victoria and the southern tablelands of New South Wales. It has gained popularity in recent years due to its unique and beautiful dark grain patterns, prominent dark timber veins that contrast with the natural light brown of the timber, and natural resistance to insect damage and decay.

messmate natural timber dining table

Messmate Natural Timber Dining Table

Tasmanian Oak

Tasmanian Oak is a hardwood timber that is native to the southern island of Tasmania, Australia. It is a popular choice for furniture makers, builders, and architects due to its beautiful appearance, strength, and versatility. Tasmanian Oak is known for its pale light straw colour, fine straight-wavy grain, and beautiful natural sheen.

Tasmanian Oak Dining Table

Tasmanian Oak Natural Dining Table


Mahogany is a hardwood that is widely recognized for its beauty, durability, and versatility. It has been a popular choice for furniture makers and craftsmen for centuries, being used in a wide range of furniture designs worldwide. Mahogany is renowned in traditional style furniture, leading to a consistent demand in the furniture industry for ornate statement pieces.

Solid Mahogany Dining table

Mahogany Indoor Dining Table

What options do I have when shopping with Woodbury Furniture?

At Woodbury Furniture, we believe that your dining table should be more than just a functional piece of furniture. It should be a statement piece that reflects your personal style and adds character to your home.

We take pride in offering our customers a wide variety of options when it comes to choosing the perfect dining table for their home. Our Australian Messmate and Tasmanian Oak tables are sourced locally and are of the highest quality. Designed and made in Australia using skilled craftsmanship and techniques to create unique, sophisticated, contemporary pieces.

Our Mahogany dining furniture exhibits a traditional yet timeless appeal. The two staple timber stains were selected specifically to compliment the true beauty of the genuine Mahogany timber. Our classic designs, gracefully handcrafted, are promised to add an unparalleled elegance to your home.

In addition to our established dining tables, we have a selection of matching buffets and console tables, but if  you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, we do offer the option of custom-made furniture. Whether you're looking for the unmatched quality of our curated dining tables, or you’re wanting to get in touch to design your dream furniture, our staff are always happy to assist.

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