How to Select the Perfect Custom Farmhouse Table [Free Guide]

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If you’re shopping for a farmhouse table, you’re likely already in love with their trademark timeless, simple style. But you’re probably also discovering that there are a lot of custom options to choose from. Some of these options are subtle, like whether to put an apron on your table, or whether you should get a waxed or stained finish. Other details, like what kind of extension board to choose, can completely change the look or construction of your table.

There’s much more behind all of these custom farmhouse table options than simply how the table looks. To help you sort through these options, there are some things you need to know to find the perfect one for your home.

We’ve been in the business of furniture craftsmanship for decades, and we love sharing our expertise with other farmhouse table enthusiasts. Knowing the functional reasoning — and even, in some cases, the historical details — behind some common farmhouse table options, can really clarify what choices you should make. Changing certain options can not only help you make your farmhouse table your perfect dream table, it can also vastly change the stability, functionality and even seating capacity of your table.

For example, did you know that reclaimed wood is many times harder than new wood, due to its exposure to the elements over years? This mitigates the natural wood movement that occurs in anything made of wood, and therefore can affect several other customization options of your table. So before you select a new wood option because it looks similar at a much lower price, make sure you do some research to find out what the benefits are of reclaimed wood.

Another common consideration is what style a farmhouse table fits in with the best. The answer to that, happily, is pretty much any style. Because of the characteristic simplicity of the design, a farmhouse table is incredibly versatile. Depending on the chairs surround it, it can fit into a wide variety of decorating styles: mountain lodge, modern industrial, traditional cottage, etc.

Farmhouse tables are built to last generations, so the purchase is a big decision.

To help farmhouse table shoppers make the most informed decision possible, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide that covers the 10 most commonly-asked questions about farmhouse tables (see the bottom of this post to get your copy). We were sure to include all the information we’ve learned over the years that is the most important to our customers’ buying process.

In this guide, we’ll cover:

  • An Introduction to Selecting the Perfect Custom Farmhouse Table
  • What defines a farmhouse table?
  • What is wood movement?
  • Should my table have breadboards?
  • What type of base should my table have?
  • Should my table be seamless or planked?
  • What type of company board extension should I consider?
  • What type of styles will my farmhouse table match?
  • Should my table be made of new wood or reclaimed wood?
  • What kind of finish should my table have?
  • What about painted tables?
  • The final step in bringing home your custom farmhouse table


In many cases, there are no right or wrong answers to which options to choose, but you must consider your own home environment and the expected daily use of your table to make the best customization decision for you. We’ll explain the pros and cons of each of these options in our guide. And if you have any other questions, simply contact us — we’re always happy to help people find their dream farmhouse table!