Chess Tables

by Michael Kanehl

Where design meets functionality
A well made chess table isn't going to make you a better chess player but it is going to bring a level of class to both your game, and the room that it resides in, that no ordinary chess board can match.

More than a piece of furniture, chess tables make a statement that you are not merely a chess player, you are a chess connoisseur!

As you might imagine, chess tables exist solely for playing chess. They typically are made of solid wood with rosewood, cedar, and mahogany being the most popular. Exotic wood version are also available.

The chess board is generally made of inlaid wood that is integral to the table top. Most tables also provide two felt-lined drawers for storage of pieces and pawns.

Like any other furniture piece, the manufacturing process runs the gamut from mass-produced to one-of-a-kind hand-crafted collector pieces. The prices range widely as well. Expect to pay in the neighborhood of $500 for a higher-end manufactured piece and $1500 and up for hand-made pieces. Of course, there are chess tables available for under $100 as well.

Having a chess table in your game room can be a good way of unsettling your opponent when he or she walks into your game room for the first time. It delivers the same message that a pool player delivers when the custom-made pool cue is unwrapped at the table! You can get your bluff in and, maybe, carry it straight through to the endgame!

Even if mind games aren't your style, there is no denying that chess tables are simply beautiful and functional pieces of furniture that any room in your home would be proud to hold.

When you own chess tables you own a small piece of chess history that dates as far back as the game itself. You deserve something nice, so look at some chess tables and pick one out for your home.

About the Author

Michael is fascinated by all aspects of the game of chess. - Find more at