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Best & Unique Chess Tables You Can Buy in 2020

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Chess tables are a part of every chess treasure box. Whether they serve as home furniture for play or study, or as ornaments marking our class and passion, they have been always one of the chess items we wished to acquire in our long affair with the game.

Chess tables are a great addition to the room. They can be used as a study table, for décor purposes, displaying your beautiful chess set or for your home office work.

Usually chess boards are integrated on the top of the chess tables. Some chess tables do provide two drawers on the side to hold the chessmen when not in use.

Chess tables are usually made up of different types of wood an in variety of sizes. The chess tables are common across chess schools, universities, coffee shops, parks and gardens.

Let our reviews help you. Treat yourself to these tables that are sure to give you hours of playing pleasure with family and friends, and light up your homes with chess furniture.

Generally, chess tables are made in wood, but some are made in marble as well. Considering a chess table, as furniture, the most liked and most common chess tables are the wooden ones.

Chess tables are typically made of rosewood, mahogany, walnut and maple. The cost of the chess tables is generally depending on the material and size of the table.

The Best Chess Table of 2020

1. The Camaratta Signature Master Chess Table

HOS Chess Table

Ratings:

Quality                            –  4.5 Stars
Functionality                  – 4.5 Stars
Aesthetic Impression   – 4.5 Stars
Price                                – 4.5 Stars

General Information:

This great wooden chess table is a must for every chess lover. This chess table is made up of finest Mahogany for the outer frames and the chessboard is made of Rosewood and Maple.

The table boasts of a Mahogany frame and semi-glossy Curly Maple and Rosewood for its board.

It stands 30 inches tall and has a top surface of 28 inches wide and 34 inches long, which is sufficient for the pieces, clock, recording materials and glasses for refreshments.

Its board square is 2.375 inches, and it carries a single drawer 15 inches long and 2 inches deep for storage of chess men, clocks and other chess items.

Key Features

  • Made of quality materials
  • Table crafted to ideal playing dimensions
  • Value for money
PROSCONS
Made of quality materials (although not premium, which may be a Con for those in the hunt for a luxurious table)Materials used offer good color contrast, but for chess tables they are middle of the line
Ideal both for play and studyTable top dimensions of 28 inches wide and 34 inches long are generally sufficient, but some may prefer the 42 inch-length of the luxurious House of Staunton Signature Table
Simple yet beautiful and elegant
Fairly priced and affordable

Conclusion:

The Camaratta Signature Master Chess Table is a middle-of-the-line quality offering from The HOS.

Its table top dimensions of 28 inches width and 34 inches length and 30 inches height is sufficient for comfortable serious play, although some may prefer the more generous length of 42 inches-long of The HOS Signature Traditional Table. Its combination of quality materials — Mahogany, Maple and Rosewood – offer attractive color contrast and is sure to invite the attention of home visitors and fellow chess players.

Although non-customizable, The HOS’ choice of a 2.375 inch-board square is a very appreciable one. This square size accommodates pieces from a 3.75 inch to 4 inch King, which means that many fine sets in your collection would prove a good fit.    

This table is very fairly priced at $595. If we find The HOS Signature Traditional Table too expensive, this is the table we would go for.

Editorial Rating 4.5 stars
5/5

2. Signature Traditional Chess Table - 2.25" Squares

HOS Luxury Chess Table

Ratings:

Quality                            –  5 Stars
Functionality                  – 5 Stars
Aesthetic Impression   – 5 Stars
Price                                – 2 Stars        

General Information:

The HOS’ Signature Traditional Table is a grand combination of beauty and functionality. It’s the ultimate chess table for every chess player.

This table of high grade materials, with White Oak for its bases, Walnut for its top, and Maple and Brazilian Ebony in semi-glossy finish for its board, is crafted to perfect playing dimensions.

Its 32 inches-wide by 42 inches-long surface provides enough space for all that’s needed in a serious game – a chess clock, score sheets, and cups or glasses for refreshment. Its base clearance of 24 ¾ inches gives enough leg space, and its table top height of 30 inches places the pieces at the ideal body and eye level.

To make this table an even more perfect fit for its owner, The HOS offers to customize the board’s square sizes according to specifications, from 2 inches to 2 5/8 inches. Drawers may be added, too, on one side or both sides of the board as desired.

The table comes with a price tag of $7,995, which makes it a true investment for those who are opting for no other than a premium table and who could afford it.

The HOS offers it at Layaway Plan for easier payments.

Key Features:

  • Made of premium and high grade materials
  • Table crafted to ideal playing dimensions
  • Customizable board size and drawers
PROSCONS
Durable and made of high quality materialsVery expensive
Ideal both for play and studyCustom order. Can take up to 8 weeks to make
Table’s generous size ensures room for pieces and all other materials needed for a serious chess game
Simple yet beautiful and elegant

Conclusion:

The HOS Signature Traditional Table is the quintessential luxury chess table and this is what we would get if we could afford it.

It’s built to give the best gaming experience — that is, its top is very wide to give generous space and is elevated at an ideal body and eye level.

It is finely crafted and is made of durable and exotic materials, which ensures that it will not only give you hours of playing pleasure but also add class to your home and impress your fellow chess players.

On top of it all, it is customizable so that your luxury chess pieces you intend to pair it with would be a perfect fit.

Editorial Rating 4.2 stars
4.2/5

3. Large Luxury Turkish Chess Table with Drawers

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Ratings:

Quality                             –  5 Stars
Functionality                  –  4 Stars
Aesthetic Impression   –  5 Stars
Price                                –  4.5 Stars        

General Information:

This Turkish table is designed especially for casual play and display.

The table comes in three different wood varieties, specifically Black, Rosewood, and Walnut finishes. Its table top is 31 ½ inches long and 27 ¾ inches wide and its height is 27 ½ inches. Its board square is 2.125 inches, and the total board area is 17 inches by 17 inches. It has a single drawer with 23 1/4 by 9 x 2 inches dimension.

Key Features

  • Made of quality materials
  • Designed for casual play and display
  • Available in three different finishes
PROSCONS
Durable and made of quality materialsTable top dimensions of 31 ½ inches long and 27 ¾ inches wide makes this table good only for casual play
Ideal for casual play and studyNon-customizable
Given extravagant design which makes the table also ideal for display and worthy as a centerpiece of any room
Comes in three different wood materials, color combination & fairly priced.

Conclusion

We love this table for its sheer beauty. Its inlay and border design is a work of art, and it’s a worthy centerpiece any room or library.

Its short dimensions, however, limits its use for casual play only, which means that there should only be the pieces and the clock on top of the table.

Playing with a score sheet on this would be a discomfort. Glasses for refreshments should be given a separate table, otherwise you’d risk knocking them down in the frenzy of time trouble.

Even its board square size of 2.125 inches is a tad small for our standards. We find 2.25 inches to be the perfect match for sets with 3.5 inch-Kings.

We’d love to get this table if we’re only to play casually or study, or if we’re to light up the corner of the room where we decide to place it. The serious chess player, however, needs a larger table.

Editorial Rating: 4.6 stars
5/5

4. Small Executive Turkish Chess Table

Chess USA table

Rating:

Quality                            –  5 Stars
Functionality                  –  3.5 Stars
Aesthetic Impression   –  5 Stars
Price                                –  4.5 Stars        

General Information:

This Turkish table is designed especially for study, analysis and display.

The table comes in three different wood varieties, specifically Black, Rosewood, and Walnut finishes. It’s given a square table top of 17 ¾ by 17 ¾ inches and height of 19 ½ inches.

Its board square is 1 ¾ inches, and the total board area is 14 inches by 14 inches. It has a single drawer with 13 1/4 x 7 x 2 inches dimension.

Key Features

  • Made of quality materials
  • Designed for study, analysis and display
  • Available in three different finishes
PROSCONS
Durable and made of quality materialsTable top dimensions of 17 ¾ inches by 17 ¾ inches makes this table good only for study and analysis
Ideal for study and analysisNon-customizable
Given extravagant design which makes the table also ideal for display and worthy as a centerpiece of any room
Fairly priced and affordable

Conclusion

We love this table for its sheer beauty. Its inlay and border design is a work of art, and it’s a worthy centerpiece any room or library.

Its short dimensions, however, limits its use for study and analysis only, which means that there should only be the pieces and your book on top of the table. You’d risk knocking over your clock or your glasses for refreshment if you don’t give a separate table for them. Pieces of 2.5 to 3 inch – King height would be ideal for this table.

We’d love to get this table if we’re only to play casually or study, or if we’re to light up the corner of the room where we decide to place it. The serious chess player, however, needs a larger table.

Editorial Rating 4.5 stars
5/5

5. 23" Black Alabaster Top Italian Pedestal Chess Table with 2" Squares

Black Chess Table

Rating:

Quality                           –  4.25 Stars
Functionality                 –  3.5 Stars
Aesthetic Impression   –  4.5 Stars
Price                                –  4 Stars        

General Information:

A purely decorative chess table. 

This furniture piece is unique in that its board is made of black and white alabaster marble framed in black-stained wood. To top it off, the board is detachable to reveal cozy storage for chessmen.

Its board has a square size of 2 inches and overall dimensions of 16 by 16 inches. It is 27 inches tall and its table top is 23 by 23 inches. Pieces of 2.5 to 3 inch-King height, brass and themed sets would look magnificent on this table.  

Key Features

  • Decorative chess table
  • Made of black-stained wood and alabaster marble
  • Detachable top
  • Built-in storage for chessmen
PROSCONS
Beautifully crafted which makes it ideal for display and worthy as a centerpiece of any roomExpensive
Unique in that the board is made of marbleWood used is not of natural but stained
Has built-in storage for chess men For decorative purposes only

Conclusion

This is a very beautiful table but for decorative purposes only.

We love this table for being able to combine wood and marble into the magnificent piece that it is, and for its creative detachable top feature. As luxurious tables go, however, its stained wood is a bit of a downside. Nothing beats natural color for us, with all the luster of the wood’s grain.

Its board square size of 2 inches is also very appreciable, as most themed and decorative sets match well with this size.

Its price of $799.95, however, is pretty hefty, and for that amount a true-blue chess player could well opt for a table that is both functional and beautiful. If you’re out for a strictly decorative table, however, this makes a good choice.

Editorial Rating 4 stars
5/5

6. 23" Italian Elm Root Pedestal Chess Table with Drawer, 2" Squares

Chess USA Italian Table

Rating:

Quality                            –  4.75 Stars
Functionality                  –  3.5 Stars
Aesthetic Impression   –  4.75 Stars
Price                                –  4 Stars        

General Information:

A purely decorative chess table. 

This furniture piece has its board made of Italian Elm Root. It features two drawers for storage, and board square size of 2 inches. It is 27 inches tall and its table top is 23 by 23 inches. Pieces of 2.5 to 3 inch-King height, brass and themed sets would look magnificent on this table.

Key Features

  • Decorative chess table
  • Made of Italian Elm Root
  • Comes with two drawers
PROSCONS
Wood used is luxurious Expensive
Beautifully crafted which makes it ideal for display and worthy as a centerpiece of any room
For decorative purposes only
Comes with two drawers

Conclusion

This is a very beautiful table but for decorative purposes only.

We love this table for using the luxurious Italian Elm Root, which matches well with common Staunton chess set materials such as Ebony, Sheesham, Rosewood, Blood Rosewood and Boxwood. Its two drawers are a big plus.

Its board square size of 2 inches is also very appreciable, as most themed and decorative sets match well with this size.

Its price of $899.95, however, is pretty hefty, and for that amount a true-blue chess player could well opt for a table that is both functional and beautiful. If you’re out for a strictly decorative table, however, this makes an excellent choice.

Editorial Rating 4.25 stars
5/5

7. Italian Briar Elm Wood Chess Table with Velvet Backgammon

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Rating:

Quality                             –  4.75 Stars
Functionality                   –  3.5 Stars
Aesthetic Impression    –  4.75 Stars
Price                                 –  4 Stars        

General Information

A purely decorative chess table. 

This furniture piece is made of Italian Briar Elm Wood. It features a detachable top to reveal a backgammon board that may also be used as storage for chessmen.

It is 27 inches tall and its board square size is 2 3/8 inches. The table top has a full dimension of 23 by 23 inches. Pieces of 3.75 to 4.25 inch-King height, brass and themed sets would look magnificent on this table.

Key Features

  • Decorative chess table
  • Made of Italian Briar Elm Wood
  • Detachable top to reveal a backgammon board that may be also used as storage for chessmen
PROSCONS
Wood used is luxurious Expensive
Beautifully crafted which makes it ideal for display and worthy as a centerpiece of any roomFor decorative purposes only
Comes with a backgammon board
Detachable top to reveal storage for chessmen

Conclusion:

This is a very beautiful table but for decorative purposes only.

We love this table for using the luxurious Italian Briar Elm Wood which matches well with common Staunton chess set materials such as Ebony, Sheesham, Rosewood, Blood Rosewood and Boxwood. Its detachable board and storage for chessmen is a creative plus, and backgammon players would love the backgammon board underneath.

Its board square size of 2 3/8 inches is also very appreciable, as it would pair well with larger Staunton sets, those with 3.75 to 4 inch-King Height. Most themed and decorative sets would also match well with this table.

Its price of $899.95, however, is pretty hefty, and for that amount a true-blue chess player could well opt for a table that is both functional and beautiful. If you’re out for a strictly decorative table, however, this makes an excellent choice.

8. 24" Natural Alabaster Italian Luxury Chess Table with 2 1/2" Squares

Luxury Chess Table

Rating:

Quality                            –  5 Stars
Functionality                  –  3.5 Stars
Aesthetic Impression   –  5 Stars
Price                                –  4 Stars

General Information

A purely decorative chess table. 

This furniture piece has its board made of Italian Alabaster marble contained in its wooden frame and pedestal. It is 29 inches tall and its board square size is 2 ½ inches. The table top has a full dimension of 23 ½ by 23 ½ inches.

Pieces of 4 to 4.5 inch-King height, brass and themed sets would look magnificent on this table. It comes with two drawers.  

Key Features

  • Decorative chess table
  • Board is made of Italian Alabaster Marble
  • Has a large board and comes with two drawers
PROSCONS
Materials are high quality Expensive
Beautifully crafted which makes it ideal for display and worthy as a centerpiece of any roomFor decorative purposes only
Board is large that could accommodate larger pieces
Comes with two drawers

This is a very beautiful table but for decorative purposes only.

We love the magnificence in the simplicity of this table. It somehow gives the illusion that all you see about it is the marble board. What impact this table would give if luxurious Ebony and Blood Rosewood pieces were set on it!

We also love its large square size. For maximum impact, tables must be able accommodate large pieces, and this one certainly can. Bring out those Jaques with 4.25 inch-Kings and the library or living room won’t get any more splendid.

Its price of $899.95, however, is pretty hefty, and for that amount a true-blue chess player could well opt for a table that is both functional and beautiful. If you’re out for a strictly decorative table, however, this makes the best choice.

Editorial Rating 4.3 stars
5/5

9. Solid Cherry Wood Pedestal Chess, Checker & Backgammon Game Table

Cherry Wood Chess Table

Rating:

Quality                            –  5 Stars
Functionality                  –  4 Stars
Aesthetic Impression   –  5 Stars
Price                                –  4 Stars

General Information

A decorative chess table that you could well play a game on.         

This furniture piece is made luxurious Cherry Wood. It is 31 ½ inches tall and its board square size is 2 ½ inches, with a total playing area of 20 inches. The table top has a diameter of 32 inches.

It’s given a three-in-one design, with the board interchangeable to allow chess, checkers and backgammon to be played. It comes with 4 inch-King height chess pieces made of Sheesham and Kari wood.

Key Features

  • Decorative chess table
  • Made of luxurious Cherry Wood
  • Has a large board and comes with two drawers
  • Interchangeable chess, checkers and backgammon board
  • Comes with 4 inch-King height chess pieces made of Sheesham and Kari wood
PROSCONS
Material is luxurious Expensive
Beautifully crafted which makes it ideal for display and worthy as a centerpiece of any room
For decorative purposes but may accommodate a game
Board is large that could accommodate larger pieces
Interchangeable chess, checkers and backgammon board
Comes with 4 inch-King height chess pieces made of Sheesham and Kari wood with two drawers

Conclusion

If we’re out for a table solely for decorative purposes and our budget is large enough, this is definitely the table we’re going to get.

The table is the grandest and the stateliest of the HOS lot. The reddish-brown hue of Cherry Wood is brilliant, and for a decorative table it is large and tall enough to play a game on. Its board square size is large at 2.5 inches, and its diameter of 32 inches gives enough free space on all four sides of the board, the left or right hand side good for a clock, and the top and bottom enough for the forearms to lay on for the long think.

The pieces with a 4-inch King made of Sheesham and Kari wood that come with this table are also beautiful, although you could keep this aside in the drawer and use your luxury sets of up to 4.25 inch-Kings

With its luxury materials and matching chess set, this is naturally the costliest of the HOS wooden tables. It comes at $1999.95. That is indeed hefty, and for that amount a true-blue chess player could well opt for a table that is even more comfortable for play and beautiful at the same time. If you’re out for a strictly decorative table, however, this is absolutely the best pick.

10. Outdoor Cement Chess Table

Outdoor Chess Table

Rating:

Quality                            –  5 Stars
Functionality                  –  5 Stars
Aesthetic Impression   –  4.25 Stars
Price                                –  4 Stars

General Information

A fully function as well as decorative chess table.

This cement table comes with a 2 inch square board made of green and white terrazzo. Its total table top dimension is 32 by 32 inches. Two movable stools are included. It is very sturdy if placed on a flat surface and the table and the stools weigh at a combined 950 pounds.

Key Features

  • Cement table
  • Board squares made of alternating green and white terrazo
  • Two stools included
  • Very heavy and sturdy
PROSCONS
Very durable, sturdy and immune to the elements Expensive
Fully functional and also decorativeBoard squares are 2 inches and less than the standard 2.25 inches
Comes with two stools

Conclusion

If we’re out to design our garden or front porch with a large enough budget, this is a table we’re definitely going to get.

This table is immune to the elements and virtually indestructible, and so it goes without saying that for a one-time investment it will give you years of thrill and pleasure with family and friends.

We love the generous space for the chess clock and other stuff and the stools that are a perfect match for the table. We wish, however, that the board squares were of 2.25 inches to fit the standard 3.5 inch-King Height plastic sets, but of course other sets could fit a 2 square board just as nicely.   That’s a minor shortcoming of this board that really won’t deter us from taking it.

With its combined weight of 950 pounds, this table naturally is the most expensive of the whole HOS lot, coming with a tag of $2999.95. That is indeed hefty, and for that amount a true-blue chess player could well opt for an indoors table that’s specially designed for the chess warrior. If you’re out for a functional and decorative table for the garden and porch, however, you won’t go wrong with this choice.

Editorial Rating 4.5 Stars
5/5

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 Eugene Manlapao

Eugene Manlapao

Hi, I'm from the Philippines and I hold a degree in Bachelor of Arts, Major in English, Creative Writing. I'm a corporate fellow by profession and a certified lover of chess and literature. When free from work, I scramble dividing my time among my wife and two lovely daughters, devouring literary classics and chess books, participating in over-the-board tournaments, playing casual blitz and rapid games online, and writing chess as well as non-chess articles. My love for chess has had me bitten by the chess set-collection bug. I'll be very happy to receive comments to my articles and reviews for Chess Equipments.

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