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Options abound for topping off your new desk

Different materials combine 'great looks' with 'practicality'

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If you have a home office and you don't want to settle for a run-of-the-mill work surface, you might want to give some consideration to a custom desk or table that suits your specific needs. And if you decide to go that route, you'll need a desktop that's both practical and beautiful. Luckily, there are several choices of materials that combine great looks and easy maintenance, making them perfect desk-toppers. NATURAL STONE For a totally no-care desk top, consider one of the natural stones such as marble or granite. These tops are smooth, cool, impervious to those coffee cup incidents and, let's face it, downright classy. They are available in a number of colors from jet-black to shades of white, in both solid colors and multiple striations of shades. Granite and marble are available as both tiles and solid tops, but for desktops you'll be happier with the more expensive solid top version. Once the desk itself has been laid out, cover it with a solid top of plywood, then have a co...