Guide to Table Edge Profiles

By Bailiegh Basham · August 30, 2022

    Guide to Table Edge Profiles

    The beauty of buying a made-to-order, solid wood dining table is that you get to dictate details large and small, from the hardwood species to the stain. One such design choice may be the table edge profile. To help you figure out which option best fits your personal preferences, we provide a brief explanation below of common (and not-so-common) edge profiles offered by Countryside Amish Furniture. 

    Eased Table Edge - An eased table edge profile is one of the most popular choices for traditional and contemporary alike. It is called “eased” because the corners do not form t a straight, sharp edge. It’s simple and easy to clean. The gentle slope of the eased table edge does not draw attention to itself, but it still looks professional and sleek at the same time.

    Roundover Table Edge - Much like the name implies, this table edge profile has a round top (which resembles a quarter of a circle) that then stops atop a flat underside. The simplicity of this design lends itself to a wide range of tables with seemingly no decor theme off-limits. Because the rounded edges soften any blows against the table, it’s an ideal choice for households with vulnerable family members like children or older adults. An extremely similar version of this profile is the Waterfall Table Edge, which generally varies between a roundover of ¼” to ½”. 

    Bevel Table Edge - This popular dining table edge profile slightly angles outward from the top before sloping, creating a dynamic visual without any sharpness. Though there are no hardened rules about which dining table edges fit which decor themes, beveled profiles are more associated with classic themes (like Mission or Queen Anne) than modern alternatives. 

    Bottom Bevel/Reverse Bevel Table Edge- A bottom bevel runs on all sides of the tabletop and fades towards the bottom. Popular for more contemporary table designs, the reverse bevel offers a bold style that is sure to make a statement. Sometimes referred to as an “undercut” edge, this profile is one of the easiest to clean as it allows one to easily hold a hand at the table's edge for whisking away crumbs. 

    Chamfer Table Edge- Sometimes classified as a type of bevel or eased edge, the chamfer profile has two straight lines angled to meet one another (while a traditional bevel has a straight line above and a curvature below). 

    Ogee Table Edge - One of the more ornate table edge options available, its profile consists of a series of curves that build and recede to ultimately flair outwards. It should be no surprise that an edge this embellished most commonly comes with traditional dining room tables, like those inspired by Queen Anne or French Country themes.  

    Mission/Square Table Edge - Arguably the opposite of the ogee profile, the Mission table edge is straight up-and-down with softened corners, creating a simple silhouette reflective of Mission dining style, itself. However, don’t let the moniker fool you, as this profile is also common amongst Arts and Crafts, Shaker, and Contemporary styles.

    Nail Table Edge - Thumbnail or nail edges are decorative edges that include a peaked edge, a groove, and a large rounded portion. As this is a more formal edge, it is typically associated with French Country, Queen Anne, and Traditional style dining room furniture. This edge adds visual interest to your dining table top. Especially for tables that are finished in a dark stain, the thumbnail can create some depth that other edges cannot.

    - As we explore further in our article A Buyer’s Guide to Natural Live Edge Wood Furniture, the term live edge refers to furniture that displays the wood’s natural edge, creating a very organic silhouette rather than straight lines. While some live edge furniture keeps the bark attached, Countryside Amish Furniture removes the bark for a smoother appearance. This dining table edge profile works best with rustic contemporary decor. Visit our Live Edge Dining Room Furniture to browse further. 

    Ready to Buy Your Next Dining Room Table? Shop With Countryside Amish Furniture 

    There are a lot of reasons to buy your dining table from our team. Perhaps you appreciate the fine woodworking of Amish artisans or want to support a USA-based furniture company. Maybe you want the guarantee that comes with solid wood pieces or itch to update your traditional dining room decor. Or perhaps you want to customize one of our thousands of table options to make it truly your own. Regardless of your reason, Countryside Amish Furniture is here to serve and satisfy! Pick your preferred dining room table, choose the specific hardwood and stain, and finalize it by picking the size, edge profile, and optional add-ons like table leaves. We’re here to make your decision easier, whether it's by sending you multiple stain samples or answering any questions using our chat function. 

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