Your Custom Furniture Materials Guide

Tailored, eye-catching furniture can set any space apart. From the materials you choose to the dimensions and design, every element comes together to create a cohesive style and ambiance.

We create custom furniture with premium building materials at Greg Pilotti Furniture Makers. Whether you need a conference table, credenza or a variety of pieces to outfit an entire room, our skilled artisans are ready to bring your vision to life.

While our roots are in woodworking, we craft furniture with a full range of materials to meet every practical need and aesthetic preference. Explore our materials guide and find inspiration for your custom piece.

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Solid Wood

Wood is among the most popular raw materials used to make custom furniture. Solid wood suits spaces in a range of styles, from classic to modern. The material is easy to dust and wipe clean, and you can sand down scratches or stains to refinish the wood and give it a fresh look after years of use.

Wood grain, knots and other natural variations give each piece of furniture an appearance that’s truly unique. Choose from several species of wood depending on the look you have in mind, including maple, walnut, and red or white oak. You can also choose the finish. We source all of our wood and finishes locally when possible.

Wood Veneers

Veneered furniture is constructed with a thin layer of wood adhered to a substrate base. This method offers a stable core without the worry of seasonal expansion solid wood is affected from.  This allows for more complex and unique table top designs.  You can care for it similarly to solid wood, though the surface doesn’t have as much room to sand down in the event of scratches.

In terms of design, wood veneer offers even more choices than solid wood. Wood grains can be positioned in more unique forms, and even be bent on curves. Get in touch if you’re looking for a particular species or finish so we can source it for you.

Live-Edge Wood Slabs

Live-edge slabs are one of the most interesting cuts of wood you can employ to design your table. These slabs typically come from tall, straight trees with unique grains. These slabs represent the entire width of a tree, giving a unique grain pattern to the table top. The bark is stripped from the slabs to reveal the outer edge of the tree. Individual knots, ripples and other stunning characteristics make every live-edge piece truly one-of-a-kind.

Plastic Laminates

With a substrate material at its core, plastic laminate is constructed similarly to wood veneers. Rather than wood, though, the laminate is made with layers of paper and resin. This material also features a decorative surface that’s highly customizable. You might choose a surface that mimics the look of wood, metal, stone or another material — or you might opt for a solid color that matches other elements of the space you’re designing.

Plastic laminate is durable, moisture-resistant and easy to clean, making it ideal for high-traffic spaces and areas where food is served. It’s also an excellent choice for those who like the appearance of wood but prefer simpler maintenance and a more affordable design.

Metal Laminates

At Greg Pilotti Furniture Makers, we primarily use metal and metal laminates to create sturdy bases for conference tables and other pieces. Metal is a particularly supportive choice for marble and similarly heavy materials. 

Incorporating metal as a custom furniture material conveys strength and stability. Blackened and powder-coated steel offer clean lines and a sophisticated look that’s ideal for high-tech conference rooms and other modern spaces. Sleek metal accents also contrast beautifully with more rustic materials like live-edge wood.

Marble, Granite and Quartz

Various types of stone translate to stylish, luxurious tabletop materials. We work with marble, granite and quartz at Greg Pilotti Furniture Makers. The ideal material depends on the look and qualities you have in mind.

Marble adds a sense of luxury and sophistication to any space. This stone is characterized by unique patterns and timeless natural beauty. While white marble is especially popular, the stone occurs in a range of hues. 

Granite offers subtle natural variations and a sense of depth. It’s one of the hardest natural stones, so it’s durable and scratch-resistant.

Quartz is nonporous and stain-resistant with a deep finish. Since quartz is an engineered stone, it’s available in a wide selection of colors and styles to suit any space. It’s resistant to heat, like marble and granite, and even easier to clean — making quartz tabletops a fantastic fit for rooms that accommodate food and drinks.

Metals

At Greg Pilotti Furniture Makers, we primarily use metal and metal laminates to create sturdy bases for conference tables and other pieces. Metal is a particularly supportive choice for marble and similarly heavy materials. 

Incorporating metal as a custom furniture material conveys strength and stability. Blackened and powder-coated steel offer clean lines and a sophisticated look that’s ideal for high-tech conference rooms and other modern spaces. Sleek metal accents also contrast beautifully with more rustic materials like live-edge wood.

Glass

Glass is a clean, contemporary table material that offers an open, inviting feeling. It’s cool to the touch and resistant to heat. It’s also easy to maintain due to its resistance to moisture and spills.

Tabletops made with other materials can benefit immensely from glass design elements. For example, a live-edge wood tabletop with a streak of glass evokes the image of a flowing river, offering a natural aesthetic.

Leather and Upholstery

Table materials are just one aspect of an overall design for your space. If you’re adding seating, materials like leather and upholstery will add a touch of comfort and style.

Our banquettes are ideal for shared seating and large, open spaces. You can choose from a variety of materials for the cushions and solid wood, laminate or veneers for the base.

We don’t manufacture office chairs in-house, but we work with a local office furniture company that does. Leather pairs well with wood and other materials for a warm, well-rounded and sophisticated look.

Solid Wood

Wood is among the most popular raw materials used to make custom furniture. Solid wood suits spaces in a range of styles, from classic to modern. The material is easy to dust and wipe clean, and you can sand down scratches or stains to refinish the wood and give it a fresh look after years of use.

Wood grain, knots and other natural variations give each piece of furniture an appearance that’s truly unique. Choose from several species of wood depending on the look you have in mind, including maple, walnut, and red or white oak. You can also choose the finish. We source all of our wood and finishes locally when possible.

Wood Veneers

Veneered furniture is constructed with a thin layer of wood adhered to a substrate base. This method offers a stable core without the worry of seasonal expansion solid wood is affected from.  This allows for more complex and unique table top designs.  You can care for it similarly to solid wood, though the surface doesn’t have as much room to sand down in the event of scratches.

In terms of design, wood veneer offers even more choices than solid wood. Wood grains can be positioned in more unique forms, and even be bent on curves. Get in touch if you’re looking for a particular species or finish so we can source it for you.

Live-Edge Wood Slabs

Live-edge slabs are one of the most interesting cuts of wood you can employ to design your table. These slabs typically come from tall, straight trees with unique grains. These slabs represent the entire width of a tree, giving a unique grain pattern to the table top. The bark is stripped from the slabs to reveal the outer edge of the tree. Individual knots, ripples and other stunning characteristics make every live-edge piece truly one-of-a-kind.

Plastic Laminates

With a substrate material at its core, plastic laminate is constructed similarly to wood veneers. Rather than wood, though, the laminate is made with layers of paper and resin. This material also features a decorative surface that’s highly customizable. You might choose a surface that mimics the look of wood, metal, stone or another material — or you might opt for a solid color that matches other elements of the space you’re designing.

Plastic laminate is durable, moisture-resistant and easy to clean, making it ideal for high-traffic spaces and areas where food is served. It’s also an excellent choice for those who like the appearance of wood but prefer simpler maintenance and a more affordable design.

Metal Laminates

At Greg Pilotti Furniture Makers, we primarily use metal and metal laminates to create sturdy bases for conference tables and other pieces. Metal is a particularly supportive choice for marble and similarly heavy materials. 

Incorporating metal as a custom furniture material conveys strength and stability. Blackened and powder-coated steel offer clean lines and a sophisticated look that’s ideal for high-tech conference rooms and other modern spaces. Sleek metal accents also contrast beautifully with more rustic materials like live-edge wood.

Marble, Granite and Quartz

Various types of stone translate to stylish, luxurious tabletop materials. We work with marble, granite and quartz at Greg Pilotti Furniture Makers. The ideal material depends on the look and qualities you have in mind.

Marble adds a sense of luxury and sophistication to any space. This stone is characterized by unique patterns and timeless natural beauty. While white marble is especially popular, the stone occurs in a range of hues. 

Granite offers subtle natural variations and a sense of depth. It’s one of the hardest natural stones, so it’s durable and scratch-resistant.

Quartz is nonporous and stain-resistant with a deep finish. Since quartz is an engineered stone, it’s available in a wide selection of colors and styles to suit any space. It’s resistant to heat, like marble and granite, and even easier to clean — making quartz tabletops a fantastic fit for rooms that accommodate food and drinks.

Metals

At Greg Pilotti Furniture Makers, we primarily use metal and metal laminates to create sturdy bases for conference tables and other pieces. Metal is a particularly supportive choice for marble and similarly heavy materials. 

Incorporating metal as a custom furniture material conveys strength and stability. Blackened and powder-coated steel offer clean lines and a sophisticated look that’s ideal for high-tech conference rooms and other modern spaces. Sleek metal accents also contrast beautifully with more rustic materials like live-edge wood.

Glass

Glass is a clean, contemporary table material that offers an open, inviting feeling. It’s cool to the touch and resistant to heat. It’s also easy to maintain due to its resistance to moisture and spills.

Tabletops made with other materials can benefit immensely from glass design elements. For example, a live-edge wood tabletop with a streak of glass evokes the image of a flowing river, offering a natural aesthetic.

Leather and Upholstery

Table materials are just one aspect of an overall design for your space. If you’re adding seating, materials like leather and upholstery will add a touch of comfort and style.

Our banquettes are ideal for shared seating and large, open spaces. You can choose from a variety of materials for the cushions and solid wood, laminate or veneers for the base.

We don’t manufacture office chairs in-house, but we work with a local office furniture company that does. Leather pairs well with wood and other materials for a warm, well-rounded and sophisticated look.