Granite tops are considered the most luxurious and elegant table tops, but they can't be placed on any table base. Their heavyweight will require adequate support. If you have a beautiful granite top that needs to be secured to a base that’s capable of supporting its weight and matching the grandness of granite, read on as we’ll teach you how to choose the best table base for a granite tabletop!
The first thing that you need to consider when selecting a granite table base is the dimensions of the tabletop. Get its size as well as its thickness. The bigger the top is, the larger the table base it needs. The best table bases for granite tops are made of steel tubing and cast iron as it would take lots of pressure to crush them. It is necessary for you to get the right table base size in relation to the size of the top as you don’t want the precious table to tip over. This usually happens when the table base is too small for the granite top.
Granite tabletops are often 2cm or 3cm thick. A 2 cm thick granite weighs around 1.3 lbs. per sq. ft. As for a 3 cm table, it weighs approx. 20 lbs. per sq. ft. A granite top that has dimensions of 48 in x 48 in x 3 cm will weight around 320 lbs. It's definitely heavy so your table’s base must be in the right size and have a solid construction. If you don’t have a granite top yet, we recommend you get the 2 cm tabletop as it has the functionality and beauty of a thick top but without its heavyweight.
Here's the fun part: choosing the style of your new table base! You will have tons of options including vintage style bases. They are often the best options as they are made from cast iron, unlike more contemporary bases. There are several reasons why a table base with a column that’s made of cast iron is what experts recommend. First, it is heavier compared to steel columns. Second, the material does not flex when it is subjected to heavy weight. Never choose an aluminum base for your granite top as it’s very light and flimsy.