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Everyone is trying to be creative in improving their living space. This often calls for daring decisions and out of the box solutions to create a captivating and relaxing space. 2020 has shown that one of the materials that have been trending in the residential category is Concrete.

The recent concrete furniture designs are no less than any modern art piece. Gone are the days when concrete only meant heavy monolithic structures with no artistic value, the new trends show more fluid designs suitable for a family home. With its durability, versatility, and sophistication, it is no surprise that concrete has become an exceptional choice for home furniture.

First of all, what is concrete? According to Britannica Encyclopedia, concrete is a structural material consisting of a hard, chemically inert particulate substance, known as aggregate (usually sand and gravel), that is bonded together by cement and water. It can be molded into different shapes depending on the mold used. Also, new researches and product developments have led to more versatility in the material resulting in creation of unique designs.

Concrete tables are the easiest way to include these modern accents in your home. These tables are best suited to an industrial living space with their graceful smoothness and distinctive urban character. Textures are the new trendsetters and concrete furniture can easily add texture to your space. The latest designs have also proven to fit right into a huge variety of home decor styles- from mid-century to industrial, traditional to Scandinavian to japandi minimalist. It all comes down to choosing the right design and finish.

Kasera has a wide range of concrete tables- be it coffee table, dining table, side table or outdoor table from 75+ retailers making it easy for you to choose the right furniture for your lovely home.

We have compiled our top tips for buying the right concrete furniture for you.

  1. Start Small with the Right Furniture

    Investing in a piece of furniture is not just about spending money, but also about the time you would use it or cherish it. Unless you are fully committed to the idea, browse around for smaller items of furniture, for example instead of a concrete 8 seater dining table, buy a side table. This gives you time and opportunity to understand if indeed concrete furniture suits your taste. Another important point to note is, if you are yet to test the concrete furniture in your household, it would be in your best interest to stay away from “comfort furniture” in concrete- that is the furniture you would look for lounging or spending longer time in. Sitting on a monolithic concrete chair or sofa may not be everyone's idea of lounging. So buy non-comfort items like coffee tables, tv units, table lamps, plant pots etc.

  2. Check the Weight

    The new technologies in concrete molding has led to the development of lighter and more durable finish of concrete furniture, making it more suitable for residential usage. The Glass- Fibre Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) makes it possible to create durable and fluid designs without the bulkiness usually found in steel reinforced concrete furniture. However, these new composites are still not widely available.The traditional concrete furniture are indeed heavy. Double check the weight of the furniture before placing the order and ensure it is comparatively lighter to ensure it can be moved around to clean the area, specially the high traffic living space.

  3. Be Bold

    You have already taken the daring decision (not so much!) to buy a concrete furniture or home decor piece, make it worth it by going for something unusual and unique in different shapes or contours. In no way does being bold mean going big, but only the eyecatchiness and statement making ability of the furniture.

  4. Contrast Material / Monotones

    When we think of concrete, the colour grey naturally comes to mind- but ranges from light to dark grey depending on the mix ratio of components of concrete. You can break the monotony of the concrete furniture in 2 ways:

    • Buy concrete furniture which is pigmented or has terrazzo finish. The range of pigmented concrete that can be used in furniture is only limited by your imagination. Blacks to reds, yellows to blues- you can choose a vibrant color to suit your personality and your home.
    • Buy concrete furniture which has a combination of contrasting materials- eg : concrete and wood, concrete and glass, concrete and high gloss etc. This helps to add texture and bring warmth to the piece of furniture.It is also great to pair the grey concrete with the shine of copper, black metal, chrome or the warm browns of wood.

  5. Embrace the Uniqueness and Imperfections

    No two concrete furniture, even of the same design, would not have the same finish. Similar- yes. But never the same. This uniqueness and imperfection has to be treated as the beauty of the concrete furniture. Also, do take note of this if you’re buying multiples or a set - for example a nest of tables just know that you’ll have some personality with each item.

  6. Ensure the Furniture is Treated to be Water Resistant

    Concrete is porous. So depending on the nature of furniture you are buying, the surface has to be treated to be water resistant to ensure the longevity of the furniture.

  7. Choose Between Faux or Real Concrete

    People like concrete for different reasons-it could be because of the aesthetic reasons or because of the unique pigmentation and texture it offers. There are cons to it as well- the weight, These reasons can help you choose between faux and real. If you like the concrete look, but are not completely sure about how it would go in your home, buy faux concrete furniture. These are usually made of concrete looking melamine which helps you achieve the bold look yet so light.

  8. Look Online - Compare, Compare, Compare

    Just like any other furniture purchase,please refrain from buying the first concrete table you see- look online. Search for as many options as possible before buying your first piece of concrete table or concrete furniture. As the number of concrete furniture manufacturers are limited, you have a good chance of stumbling on the same furniture at a better price point. Also, you might find a better and more apt design agreeing on your budget, quality, looks, and functionality requirements. This is where Kasera comes in handy- you will be able to search, compare and buy concrete furniture( and any other furniture item) from 75+ retailers in one platform.

  9. Check the Returns Policy

    Do read the delivery and return policy of the furniture before placing the order. Concrete tables are more susceptible to scratching and chipping than traditional furniture, so it’s always useful to buy from a retailer that offers reasonable warranty terms and free return policies(atleast home pick up), just in case. Imagine having to pack and take your heavy concrete furniture to a Royal Mail or courier store and paying almost the same price as the piece of furniture as postage.

Caring for Concrete Furniture

Yes, Concrete is hardy and durable, and has the ability to withstand decades of extreme weather conditions. But it does have a kryptonite- sharp forces, specially when it comes to furniture as it comes with edges. Be careful of the scratches and chipping from sharp forces.

Also, when it comes to concrete tables, even though the surface would be treated, avoid placing extreme hot and cold items to avoid crack formation in the concrete top due to temperature shock or can lead to discoloration. Use trivet, placemats, and coaster to ensure longevity of your concrete tables.

The velvety finish of concrete tables makes it a dream of furniture for a clean and well maintained home. Even the toughest stain or dirt could be removed with gentle scrubbing. It’s a complete no-no to chemical and pressure cleaning when it comes to concrete tables and furniture in general. You can maintain the appearance of many cement tables with floor wax or stone floor polish.

Styling Tips for Concrete Tables

In the dining room, the substantial surface draws a texturally interesting contrast with delicate glass chandeliers and pendant lights. Draw attention to the solid concrete top with a tablecloth or table runner in natural, lightweight fabrics, such as linen and jute.

For accent cement coffee tables, style it with table trays in jewel tones and pastels to create a modern mix of unexpected hues.

Concrete Side tables are perfect to use as ultra-urban plant stands. Ivy, vines, pothos, and other draping houseplants look naturally chic wrapped around a sound cement base.