The Apple tables in the Apple Store

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Sluggyman, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. Sluggyman macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2011
    Ok. I wasn't sure if this was the right place to post or not but hey its done now. Im looking to buy a new table for my room, its basically gonna be a desk with all my stuff on, like school books, monitors and stuff like that. I know the one they sure is massive but do you know anywhere that will either sell that one of like a really smilier one. I know its gooney to have the same table as the Apple store, but I mean its a nice table so yeah. And by the way I'm in the UK so no US stores please :D
  2. B777Forevar macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2011
    Chicago, IL
    I'm guessing those tables come from IKEA
  3. deafgoose macrumors regular


    Oct 20, 2011
    Now that's funny.

    Those tables are solid wood.

    The crap you get from ikea is hollow like a door.
  4. applefan289 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    Everything Apple uses in its stores are based on their vision (money is no object to them), so they went with whatever they could get, or had it custom-made for them. I remember reading on that the tables are difficult to make, and are of high quality.

    The flooring in Apple stores are also of very high quality and custom made. They are from mountains in Europe and a special company creates the slabs of tile for Apple.

    Just go to to see more details about the store's stuff, including their tables (don't remember exactly where I read that, but it was somewhere on the website).
  5. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
  6. tktaylor1 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    I seriously lol'd at the comment you responded to and your comment. Yea, IKEA tables are junk. I have a desk and all it is, is hollowed out plexi board. I can take the top of my desk and squeeze it with my thumb and pointer finger and it will bend. I am surprised it is still holding up my 32" TV.

    But to answer the OP, I have looked everywhere for a similar table to the Apple store and couldn't find anything. I honestly think the only way you are going to find a similar table is to have it custom made. I hope you have deep pockets for this table because they don't come cheap. I know there is one person on this forum who has a table similar to the Apple stores and he had it custom made and I think he dropped $1,500. If you search around the Mac Setup threads (not the current one) I am sure you will find it.
  7. Queen of Spades macrumors 68030

    Queen of Spades

    May 9, 2008
    The Iron Throne
    Those tables are custom made in Canada (if I remember correctly) from a special wood, and they cost $10,000 apiece. So you'd be better off trying to find a table that looks similar but isn't the exact same one. I bet you could look around the web and find something.
  8. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003

    I bet that flat packaging makes them easy to ship. :D
  9. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    I didn't think that the Geniuses were that good with an Allen key??
  10. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    There's a pretty good thread in the Mac Peripherals forum about the Apple Store tables, including some users who have had similar tables custom built for them. Look to spend between $1500 - $2000 if you want one for yourself.
  11. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    I like the tables, but if you can settle for a stylistically-similar one you'll save A LOT of money.

    I'd like to have a glass staircase, à la Apple Store Mother Ship... Glass stairs of any style are pretty cool.
  12. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    IKEA's solid pine STORNÄS series is very solid and it's what we use.
  13. FluffyPop macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2011
    I've had a similar one for years and it's from Ikea. Not solid wood though.
  14. Sluggyman thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2011
    Yeah $1500 is a little much :D. but yeah I'm not wanting like the whole bag and till part just some thing like the same style of design and wood
  15. Eldiablojoe macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2009
    West Koast
    Their stools have Cantoni labels under the seats. You might try their site.
  16. utahcab123 macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2012
    Let me put it to rest

    I am one of 100 employees at Fetzer Architectural Woodwork that build all of the fixtures found in all the apple stores around the world. We are located in salt lake city, utah. Those tables are extremely high quality, and cost between $10,000 to $25,000 each. They are made of maple. I about fell over dead when someone suggested they were from IKEA! No one else in the world makes these tables.
  17. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    If you want something similar and affordable from IKEA : Go with the Gallant line-up. Very high quality product even if it's not solid wood :


    As for everyone saying IKEA is not solid wood : You are ignorant of IKEA. They do have solid wood products in their line-up. Just look at what you're buying.
  18. Tinyluph macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2011
    I don't get it. The Apple store tables look rather ordinary to me. What is it about the wood that makes them so expensive?
  19. sysiphus macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2006
    1) They're custom made. Low volume==>high price.
    2) Solid wood. Big hunks of it. This is surprisingly expensive, especially for the stuff that looks good.
    3) Made in the US (see post above). High labor costs here.
    3.5) Tight tolerances. Look at the fit and finish on the tables sometime. It's above and beyond what you'll find in your average inexpensive furniture store.
    3.75) Overbuilt. This stuff is built to last, be leaned on all day every day, etc.
  20. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    I've seen solid wood furniture that wasn't so expensive. You'd be surprised how this isn't true.

    Heck, we've had a thread recently where a guy posted a desk made of particle board that was more expensive than a solid wood desk from IKEA.
  21. scotsrule08 macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2011
    From an apple rep.

    This is kind of funny because yesterday our apple representative was at our store (bestbuy) and I was asking him how we should clean the apple tables, and he said only to use a damp cloth because he didn't want to damage the table. So I asked him how much it would cost to replace the table, and he said about $17,000. I was kind of dumbfounded at the price tag. Apparently they are made of a rare Canadian winter maple or something like that. And it can only be harvested in one place in the world at one time in the year.:apple:
  22. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
    Plus they have the tills/cash register built in :)
  23. catanabanana macrumors newbie


    Jan 22, 2018
    Hello! I am working for a refurbishment company in Spain and recently we've been asked to fix some of the Apple store's maple tables. I would like to know if there is a course or a manual on how to treat such problems in order to get the best result, we've found bent tables, some damaged parts and also stains that couldn't be removed with common products. Any advice would be helpful!
    Thanks in advance
  24. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    I think Apple would notice u if they saw people walking out of their store with one of their desks...

    Not really gooney.... i have the same Apple t-shirts the same the stores have...

    If you like it, buy it :D
  25. jeyf macrumors 6502a

    Jan 20, 2009
    a local lumber re cycle shop sells laminated wood butcher block by the foot. Also noticing availability of natural stone like granite and or marble again by the foot. Than get some steam punk style frame for the legs and call it done.

    a work bench for computer work has a standard height. The Apple retail store tables my NOT be a standard height. May have bugs too.

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