The best material for table tops is solid wood, because it can be refurbished periodically and can last for decades; it should be an inch thick, and finished with polyurethane lacquer for protection. A less expensive but an also durable option is 18mm thick plywood with 1mm laminate and a solid wood beading; here colours are possible, the laminate is hard wearing, the wood edge is strong and protects the ply from moisture. An equally good option is to use 18mm MDF with 2 rounded edges with the laminate postformed on the tabletop and around the two edges; the other two edges can be solid wood edging. The worst option is to use prelaminated particle board with plastic edgebanding, because this will degrade with use and exposure very fast; although it is cheaper in the short term, it will need to be replaced in a few years, which means more cost in the long term, and also looks very shabby when it is worn out.
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