What is Live Edge Furniture?

Live edge furniture has become a household name around the home design world! Contemporary, Rustic, to Mid-Modern designs Live Edge Furniture can be appealing in anyones home. Want to know more about the history of this beautiful style? Read on for what exactly live edge furniture is, some of the history, and how to incorporate this style into your home.

What is Live Edge?

Most wood is cut and smoothed into squared-off corners and clean lines for tables, benches, counters, and more. Live edge furniture is cut to the desired thickness, and then the rough edge is left natural and not made smooth or symmetrical. Wood that might be unsuitable for traditional projects is embraced when making pieces with a live edge; and burls, knots, and other imperfections are incorporated into the overall design of the piece. Only the bark is removed, but the shape and movement of the tree is preserved. The result is a beautiful piece that adds an organic design element into your home.The live edge furniture mentality circles around three main elements: nature, craftsmanship and simplicity. The beauty of the wood is preserved, and the flow of the grain is exposed to provide a great contrast to any sleeker, modern elements in the home. Because live edge furniture preserves the natural beauty of the wood, no two pieces are alike. Incorporating live edge furniture into your home allows you to have a one-of-a-kind piece that you won’t see at your friend’s house, or anywhere else. If you are drawn to natural elements in your home, live edge furniture is a great way to bring the outdoors inside, and to showcase the beauty of natural wood.


The tradition of live edge furniture was made popular the 20th century by furniture maker George Nakashima. Influenced by Modernism, the Arts and Crafts movement, Shaker design, and Japanese design, Nakashima had a deep respect for natural beauty that shone through his furniture pieces. He was trained as an architect, but while imprisoned in a internment camp in World War II he was mentored by a Japanese woodworker. This time influenced the rest of his career, and his relationship to the woods he used. His philosophy guided his furniture making, embodying the belief that: “Trees have a yearning to live again, perhaps to provide the beauty, strength and utility to serve man, even to become an object of great artistic worth.” This appreciation for each tree led him to showcase the natural beauty, imperfections and all, that is inside each tree. Instead of looking for uniformity, he celebrated each individual tree: There is drama in the opening of a log: to uncover for the first time the beauty in the bole of a tree hidden for centuries, waiting to be given this second life. Cutting logs entails a great responsibility, for we are dealing with a fallen majesty. There are no formulas, no guidelines, but only experience, instinct and a contact with the divine. Nakashima paired his natural, untamed wood tops with clean-lined bases, combining the natural and modern aesthetics into unique, beautiful furniture. While other furniture makers were getting caught up in mass-produced, uniform furniture, Nakashima went against the current trends and really embraced the natural beauty each tree contained. Even though Nakashima passed away in 1990, his legacy lives on in Horizon Home Furniture’s live-edge collection.

Horizon Home’s Live Edge Furniture

At Horizon Home Furniture we continue the beautiful tradition of natural wood that showcases the original beauty of each tree. We are proud to carry these amazing pieces alongside our other great finds for living room furniture, dining room furniture, and more in Atlanta! While live edge furniture can use any wood, Horizon Home Furniture usually designs pieces made with planks found in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. The most common types of wood tend to be maple, walnut, and pine, with cedar, oak, poplar, and pecan also used frequently. These unique planks, and salvaged wood are not suitable for traditional furniture pieces, but are perfect for live edge furniture. We employ local craftsmen, who make our live edge pieces in-house, and this has made us the leaders in Atlanta for live edge pieces. Some artists choose to expose the cracks and gaps in the wood, leaving unique openings. Others fill these voids with resins, which can be colored to add to the overall design of the piece. You can come and browse our selection, and even talk to our designers to create a piece that fits your home exactly. If you want something unique, that guests will always comment on, you need a unique live edge piece from Horizon Home Furniture!


Are you wondering where you could use a live edge furniture piece in your home? There are so many options! Every room could benefit with the beauty of natural wood, check out some of these ideas:

Dining Table

A dining room is dominated by the dining table, and having a showstopping piece really makes a difference.The beauty of the grain patterns and other naturally-occurring characteristics that are particularly noticeable in our custom live edge dining tables will add unique beauty to your dining room. We have many styles available, or you can design your perfect table with one of our craftsmen! You and your guests will love eating at a live edge table, where every seat places you by different elements of the beautiful wood. A great conversation piece is a live edge dining table!

Console Table

console table can be used anywhere, but in the living room it is especially popular. Consider pairing a dark, burled, live edge console table with a crisp, white or cream sofa for a great dramatic contrast. A console table is also great in an entryway, and can make the place you put your mail or keys a great design element in the home.

Coffee Table

The center of many living rooms is the coffee table, and these tables can see a lot of use! A live edge table gives you a unique focal point in your living room, and brings the natural beauty of the outdoors into your home. Consider a unique coffee table to add drama to your living room.


A bench offers another long edge that is perfect left raw and organic. Smoothed to a beautiful finish, a live edge bench doesn’t need to be rough to showcase the natural beauty of the wood. Great for a bedroom, a living room, or paired with a dining table, a bench is a great piece to consider in a live edge style.


One way to get your work done, and love spending time in your home office, is to have a beautiful desk. Choosing a live edge desk will give you a unique place that you will love to return to, and all of your daily tasks become more special when you have the dramatic backdrop of natural wood.


Another unique idea is to craft a one-of-a-kind bar with a stunning live edge. Spruce up your drink making station with the beauty of wood, and provide a serving space that really adds interest to your home. A live edge bar gives you the space to really highlight the natural beauty and interest of your chosen wood. What are you waiting for? You need to head over to Horizon Home Furniture and check out our amazing selection of live edge furniture! If you don’t see exactly what you want, one of our skilled craftsmen can make you the piece of your dreams! The history of live edge furniture is steeped in a respect for each individual tree, and honors the tree even after it has ceased to stand: “And, finally, when time and weather bring it down, its body offers timber for our houses and boards for our furniture. The tree lives on.”

Choosing the Perfect Dining Table

A dining table is a large piece of furniture that will dictate the look and feel of your dining space. Of course you want your table to be functional, but you also want something beautiful that you will be happy to sit down at day after day. Horizon Home Furniture in Atlanta has an amazing selection of unique dining tables at great prices! Read on for some tips on picking the perfect table, and stop in to our Atlanta store to browse our inventory!


First things first, you have to decide on the size of dining table you need. For most people, their dining space will be the determining factor for how big of a table they can fit. Measure your space and allow for 42”-48” between the table edge and the wall. This will leave enough room to comfortably push out your chair and maneuver around the table. Allow for this same amount of clearance between the table and any other furniture in the room, such as a buffet. Even if a table will physically fit in a space, does it seem to work visually? A great way to visualize the table in your space is to use a sheet or blanket folded to the same size as your prospective table. Lay it in your room and see how it looks with the other furniture and features of the room. Once you know what size table will fit, and look best, in your dining area, you can move on to other (more fun!) considerations.

Number of Seats

So you have a dining room that can accommodate a large table—great! You should also evaluate how many chairs you will need on a regular basis around your table. If you have a large family, or if you are frequently entertaining, you will need space for a lot of chairs. Some dining tables have a large top, but the way the legs are configured leaves very little space for chairs. Each diner will need about two feet of eating space to feel comfortable and not cramped. Make sure that the table you choose will be adequate for the number of chairs, and the size of chairs, you plan to pair it with. Some tables are expandable, and can be extended from a small circle into an oval shape that can seat 12 or more guests. If you need the flexibility of sometimes hosting a larger group, an expandable table is a great choice for you. You will also want to consider where you will store any extra, unused chairs.


So you know what size table you are looking for, and how many seats you need, now you should consider the shape. Rectangular is the most common table shape, with square, round, and oval following in popularity. A rectangular table works well in a long, narrow room and leaves space for traffic flow. Many tables get wider as they get longer, so look for something that will fill, but not crowd, your dining space. Typical rectangular dining tables will accommodate 4 diners at 4 feet long, around 8 diners at 7 feet long, and up to 12 diners around 10 to 11 feet long. A rectangular table can be ornate and traditional, or have very clean lines and work great with a modern aesthetic. A round table works great for a smaller space, and eliminates having sharp corners to bump into. Because there are no corners, more people can fit around a smaller round table than a rectangular one. Some rooms are perfect for a round table, and if you choose a pedestal base you add in even more legroom. While round tables are great for small spaces, a really large round table makes a great statement piece. If you go large with a round table you may want to consider adding in a lazy susan to the middle so that it is easier to pass and reach food. Square tables, like round tables, put all of the diners at equal distances from each other and can make for a more intimate dining experience. Square tables in a square room can look great and really complement the space. There are other shapes as well, such as hexagonal or octagonal, or even triangular! While some of these look unique and interesting, you ultimately need to consider how functional they will be for sitting at and dining.

Live Edge

If you really want to step out of the box and have a truly original dining table, a live edge piece is the way to go. Horizon Home Furniture is Atlanta’s number one source for live edge furniture, and each piece is truly unique and unlike any other. Our live edge tables can have burls, knots, and wavy edges that are special and beautiful. A live edge table can be made to your specifications, and you can create the perfect size table for your needs. Check out our amazing selection of live edge furniture today!


Choosing a material for your dining room table will depend on the style you are going for in your dining area. A deep, dark wood conveys a classic, traditional feel, while a slick glass topped table may be more at home in a modern dwelling. A zinc-topped table is great in an industrial space, while a table with rich woodgrain can add interest and warmth to a dining space. If you are eating three meals a day at your table, make sure it has a durable surface that can be easily cleaned. Different table materials can really change the look of your room, and if you are going for a light, airy feel make sure to stick to whites and light woods. If your dining space can handle something dark and dramatic you can choose a darker wood, or a metal or concrete look.


Most dining tables come at pretty standard heights, but there can be some variations, and an inch lower or higher can make for an uncomfortable dining experience. Try out your table and preferred chairs in person to see if they are comfortable, and at the right height for dining. Some dining tables come in a counter-height that can be great for delineating a dining space from the surrounding room. These tables are usually difficult for small children to navigate, so think of how different height tables will work for your lifestyle. Now that you are armed with some guidelines, you are ready to pick out a great table! Horizon Home Furniture in Atlanta has an amazing selection of great dining room tables, and dining room sets, and our inventory is constantly changing! Come visit our showroom to find a table that is the perfect size, height, color, and material!  
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