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Is Owning a Marble Coffee Table a Good Idea?

Castlery|May 17, 2024

Marble coffee tables are undeniably stunning - they exude elegance and timeless sophistication, making them a popular choice for any stylish living space.

But, are they a good idea? 

Before you invest in this luxurious piece of furniture, there are several important factors to consider. In this guide, we’ll share everything you need to know about marble coffee tables so you can decide if it’s worth owning one!

Understanding marble 

Before diving straight into whether you should get a marble coffee table or not, let’s first dissect this beautiful raw material that has become commonly used in furniture. 

Marble is a metamorphic rock composed primarily of calcite or dolomite crystals that is formed from limestone under intense heat and pressure. 

During the natural transformation of marble, impurities and minerals present in the original rock recrystallize - giving marble its characteristic veining patterns and color variations that make each slab unique.

Because of its fascinating formation, marble has become a prized possession for interior and exterior designs. 

Marble is a durable material that can withstand the test of time when properly cared for. It's resistant to heat, making it ideal for kitchens and bathrooms, and it can withstand heavy foot traffic in homes and even commercial spaces.

Types of marble used in furniture

Let’s explore the most common types of marble used in furniture so you can look out for these on your next furniture hunt. 

Carrara marble

Renowned for its white or blue-gray color with feathery veining, Carrara marble is a popular choice for marble furniture due to its classic elegance. Compared to some other types of marble, it is relatively affordable, making it a budget-friendly option without compromising on aesthetics. 

Carrara marble coffee tables add a touch of understated elegance to any living space, blending seamlessly with both modern and traditional decor styles.

Blue-gray veining for a luxe look

The Carrara marble we use for our coffee tables is imported from Italy and has a smooth and polished finish.

A close up shot of Carrara marble with its unique gray veining.
A marble coffee table with an organic shape paired with a side table of the same design.

The Lavine Marble Coffee Table features a beautiful Carrara marble table top in a trendy organic shape. Also pictured: The Lavine Marble Side Table.

Damascus marble

This unique marble features a stunning combination of warm beige or cream tones with intricate veining in shades of brown, red, and pink. Its name derives from its resemblance to the patterns found in Damascus steel. 

Damascus marble coffee tables are prized for their bold, dramatic patterns and one-of-a-kind appearance, making them a captivating focal point in any room.

Bold patterns and veining for a dramatic look

Brown Damascus is relatively low maintenance due to its darker color and is known for its durability as well as resistance to heat.

A close-up shot of brown Damascus marble with irregular, bold patterns.
A round brown marble coffee table with wooden legs.

The Elio Marble Round Coffee Table features Damascus marble imported from Spain with intricate striking patterns.

Calacatta marble

Characterized by its creamy white background and bold, dramatic veining, Calacatta marble exudes luxury and opulence. It's often used in high-end furniture for its striking appearance and rarity.

Compared to Carrara, Calacatta has thicker and more pronounced veining that can range from gray to beige.

Statuario marble

Statuario marble is characterized by its bright white background and distinctive gray veining, creating a timeless and elegant look. It's rarer and more exclusive than Carrara or Calacatta marble, making it a coveted choice for high-end furniture and designers. 

Statuario marble coffee tables exude luxury and refinement, serving as a focal point in any interior space.

Pros of marble coffee tables

Elegant aesthetic

Marble's elegant aesthetic is unparalleled, thanks to its luxurious appearance and unique veining patterns. The natural beauty of marble creates a visually stunning focal point that draws the eye, and the veining of marble also ensures that every piece is unique - so you will always have a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of marble in your home. 

Whether your decor style is modern, traditional, or somewhere in between, a marble coffee table lends an air of refinement to your space.

Versatile styling

One of the most appealing aspects of marble coffee tables is their versatility in style. If you prefer a classic and elegant look, Carrara marble is a great choice. For a more dramatic addition to the space, Damascus marble can do the trick.

A brown marble coffee table placed in the living room atop a rug.

The Elio Marble Round Coffee Table is perfect for creating a focal point in the living room. Also pictured: The Marlow Performance Bouclé Chaise Sectional Sofa

Depending on the look you’re going for, different types of marble can fit into your ideal design vision.


As marble is formed under intense heat and pressure, it has naturally become a durable material that can withstand the rigors of daily use. In fact, marble can last for over 100 years when properly cared for. 

With the right sealing and cleaning processes in place, a marble coffee table can last for generations, making it a worthwhile investment for homeowners seeking long-term durability and timeless style.

Cons of marble coffee tables

High maintenance

Marble requires a lot of care to stay beautiful. As it is a porous stone, it is susceptible to staining from spills, particularly acidic substances like wine, citrus juices, or vinegar. 

Etching, caused by acidic substances reacting with the calcium carbonate in marble, can also occur, leaving dull marks on the surface. Regular sealing with a high-quality sealant is necessary to create a protective barrier against stains and etching. 

When used in high-traffic areas such as your living room or if you have a busy household with children, consider using coasters or placemats for safe measure.

Susceptible to damage

Despite its durability, marble is not immune to damage and can chip, crack, or scratch if subjected to impact or heavy objects. While marble is relatively resilient to normal wear and tear, accidents can happen, and it's essential to handle marble coffee tables with care to prevent any mishaps.


Marble is significantly heavier than other materials commonly used in furniture, such as wood or glass. This weight can pose challenges when moving furniture through narrow hallways or rearranging furniture in your living space, requiring additional effort and manpower. 

Due to its weight, it’s essential to take precautions when lifting or transporting marble coffee tables to avoid injury or damage to the furniture and surrounding surfaces.

Marble care and maintenance tips

Regular sealing

Proper sealing is one of the most important things to protect the porous surface of marble from stains and etching. In fact, proper sealing can make regular cleaning a breeze! 

Typically, the sealing process involves cleaning the marble thoroughly, allowing it to dry completely, and applying the sealant evenly with a soft brush or cloth. It's crucial to reseal the marble periodically, as the protective barrier can wear off over time due to regular use and cleaning. 

The frequency of resealing depends on factors such as the type of sealant used, the level of wear and tear, and the environmental conditions. 

Regularly check the effectiveness of the sealant by performing a water test: sprinkle a few drops of water on the surface and observe if it beads up or absorbs into the marble. If the water absorbs quickly, it's time to reseal the marble to maintain its protective barrier.

Daily cleaning

With regular sealing in place, any accidental food or drink spills can be easily wiped away with a soft cloth as liquids will bead on the surface of the marble. 

When cleaning your marble table, use a pH-neutral cleaner and avoid harsh chemicals and acidic or abrasive cleaners as they can damage the delicate surface of the marble. 

For stubborn stains or spills, create a paste using a mixture of baking soda and water, apply it to the affected area, and cover it with plastic wrap overnight to draw out the stain.


Avoid sharp objects

Avoid placing sharp or abrasive objects directly on the marble surface, as they can leave scratches or gouges that detract from its beauty. If scratches or etching occurs, it’s best to get professional stone restoration done to assess the damage and recommend appropriate repair methods.

Protect the marble surface

Even with regular sealing in place, you want to be careful when it comes to placing any hot objects on marble as it can cause surface damage. 

Protect the surface of your marble coffee table by using coasters, placemats, or trivets under beverages, dishes, or pots. These items act as a barrier between the hot object and the marble surface, reducing the risk of heat transfer and potential damage.  

Should you get a marble coffee table?

Marble, with its natural allure and exquisite veining patterns, captivates the eye and adds a touch of luxury to any room. Yet, as with any prized possession, owning a marble coffee table requires careful attention to its unique characteristics and maintenance needs. 

Ultimately, the decision to own a marble coffee table transcends mere practicality - it's an investment in the aesthetic and emotional richness of your home, a statement of discernment, and a celebration of timeless beauty. Embrace the allure of marble, and let your coffee table be a reflection of your exquisite taste and appreciation for the finer things in life.

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