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River Boards

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Live edge river boards, also known as live edge river tables or epoxy river tables, are a type of furniture that combines natural wood slabs with epoxy resin to create stunning and unique pieces. The “live edge” refers to the natural, uneven edge of the wood that has been preserved rather than cut straight, giving the piece a more organic and rustic appearance. The term “river” refers to the space between two pieces of wood, typically filled with colored epoxy resin, that often resembles a flowing river or a body of water.

These river boards are primarily used as functional and decorative furniture items. Here are some common uses and benefits:

  • Dining Tables: Live edge river tables can serve as exquisite dining tables, making a statement in any dining room. The combination of natural wood and the flowing epoxy resin creates a visually striking centerpiece that can spark conversations and add character to the space.
  • Coffee Tables: Smaller versions of river boards can be used as coffee tables or accent tables. These pieces can be placed in living rooms, lounges, or office spaces to add a touch of natural beauty and artistry.
  • Desks: Live edge river desks offer a unique workspace solution that blends functionality with aesthetics. The incorporation of wood and epoxy creates an inspiring environment for working or studying.
  • Countertops and Bars: River boards can also be used as countertops, breakfast bars, or bar tops. These surfaces can transform kitchens and bars into visually appealing areas while providing a durable and functional workspace.
  • Console Tables: River console tables can be placed in entryways or hallways to create a welcoming and stylish focal point in these spaces.
  • Wall Art: Smaller river boards can be hung on walls as art pieces, adding a touch of nature and elegance to any room.
  • Custom Designs: One of the main advantages of live edge river boards is their customizability. Different wood species, epoxy colors, and shapes can be combined to match specific interior design themes and personal preferences.
  • Residential and Commercial Spaces: Live edge river boards find applications in both residential and commercial settings, such as hotels, restaurants, offices, and retail stores, where they can enhance the overall ambiance and leave a lasting impression on visitors.
  • Conversation Starters: These unique pieces of furniture often become conversation starters due to their artistic and intricate designs. Guests and visitors are likely to inquire about the craftsmanship and materials used, creating engaging interactions.
  • Natural Aesthetics: Live edge river boards bring a touch of the outdoors into indoor spaces, celebrating the beauty of natural wood grains and the creative use of epoxy to simulate water features.

It’s important to note that crafting live edge river boards requires specialized skills, as the process involves working with both wood and epoxy. The wood slabs need to be properly prepared and joined, and the epoxy needs to be carefully poured and cured to achieve the desired effect. As a result, live edge river boards often represent a blend of craftsmanship, design, and artistic expression.

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