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Meditation Tables for Your Home Shrine

Written by Myles Nystrom and updated on December 13, 2016
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Meditation is an age-old practice that’s carried out by millions of people all across the globe. And while the overall concept of meditation is the same, people’s reasons for doing it may differ. Some people meditate as part of their religion, while others meditate to boost their mind, body, and soul and find inner peace within.

Having somewhere peaceful and relaxing to meditate is essential. Your home shrine doesn’t need to be elaborate or big. It just needs to be somewhere that’s private and quiet where you can get away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. And while you don’t need to have a great deal of furniture in your home shrine, one thing you may want to consider adding is a meditation table.

In the following article, we’ll take you through some of the many benefits of having a home shrine as well as what to look for when shopping for a meditation table to add to it. Finally, we’ll share with you our thoughts on some of the most popular meditation tables on the market at the moment.

The Home Shrine

Having your own personal shrine within the confines of your own home will encourage you to meditate more regularly. It will help you to relax and get you in the right frame of mind. As mentioned previously, a home shrine doesn’t need to be grand, it just needs to work for you.

Some people set up their shrines quite openly in a corner of the room, while others prefer a little more privacy and have a room divider or curtain in place. If you’re separated from the rest of the home there will be less around to distract you, allowing you to focus more on achieving inner peace.

What to Look for in a Meditation Table

There are many factors to consider when purchasing a meditation table for your home shrine and in this section, we’re going to take you through some of the more important ones:


When considering what size meditation table to go for there are two very important questions you need to ask yourself: How much space do you have where you want to have it? And, what do you want to put on your meditation table? The space issue is quite an obvious one, but what you put on your meditation table is completely personal and will differ from person to person.

Some people like to keep it simple, with nothing more than a single candle in the center. Others prefer to add a little more and may include statues or stones too. There is no right or wrong answer as to what should go on your meditation table. It’s a personal choice that should appease you, and you alone.


Meditation tables vary considerably in terms of their height, and what’s the correct height for you will depend largely on how tall you are and the way in which you meditate. If you sit on the floor to meditate you’re going to want to choose a table that’s pretty low to the ground. If however, you sit in a chair to meditate, you’ll need one that’s much higher.


Pretty much all meditation tables are made from wood, with pine, cherry, and walnut being popular options. This is largely because as well as being a natural substance, wood is also durable and inexpensive.


This is a factor that comes down to personal preference. There are many different designs out there when it comes to meditation tables. Many of the modern meditation tables are quite plain and simple. Whereas traditional meditation tables tend to be hand carved and much more ornate.


This is something you should consider before you start looking. The price is another factor that varies quite considerably among meditation tables. While some you can pick up for less than a meal for two at Red Robin, others will cost you a week’s salary! But, most of the time you do get what you pay for and the more you’re willing to spend, the higher quality the table will be.


As meditation tables are generally quite small, most will require very little assembly skills. At the very most, you may have to screw a few legs on. It’s very unlikely that any mediation table you come across will take longer than around 10 minutes to assemble. But, that being said, if you’re not the kind of person who’s comfortable with a little light DIY, you want to consider a table with foldable legs instead.

Meditation Table Reviews

Dimensions: 15 W x 9 D x 5 H inches
Weight: 3.1 pounds

Standing at just 5 inches tall, and weighing just over 3 pounds, the EarthBench Shrine Table Pedestal is the ideal table if you do need to transport it at all. Made from beautiful pine with a beeswax finish, it’s a simple design, yet still pleasing to the eye. It’s not too big and it’s not too bold meaning this mediation table will fit in just about anywhere.

Another thing we like about this table is even though it’s lightweight, because it’s made from solid wood, it’s still extremely sturdy and likely to last a long time. It’s natural, completely non-toxic, and the price is pretty good too. Our only slight criticism is that it looks a little plain. That’s being said, you can quite easily paint it or spruce it up with a scarf should you want to.

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  • Design is a little boring

Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 4 H inches
Weight: 4.8 ounces

If you’re looking for a high-quality product that’s modern made yet has a rustic look, then be sure to check out this fantastic meditation table on offer from New Age Imports. With a tabletop measuring in at just 6 inches in diameter, it’s compact design makes it the perfect accessory to have in a home shrine or for transporting around.

Being decorated with a beautiful Celtic knot design with a carved Tree of Life on top makes this table stand out like no other. The fact that it’s finished in a rustic green color with a slight magenta undertone makes it very unique to any other on this list and is definitely one of its best features.

It’s also a really good price considering it’s both handmade hand-painted. The only thing that lets it down slightly (in our opinion) is that it’s so small. And while this is useful in terms of portability, it’s not so useful if have more than a couple of things you want to place on it.

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    Unique design
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    Handmade and hand-painted
  • A little on the small side

Dimensions: 14 W x 13.5 H x 28 L inches
Weight: 20 pounds

As well as being functional, well-made, and aesthetically pleasing, the Herb’s Furniture Reclaimed Wood Meditation Altar has real meaning behind it as every piece is made from deconstructed wood taken from old buildings. It’s sanded down, treated, and given a whole new lease of life in the form of a meditation table. And, it’s available in four beautiful colors: charcoal, walnut, coffee, and oak.

The thing I like most about this table is the fact that it’s so spacious. It’s large enough to place candles, statues, beads and more and even has a lower shelf for added convenience. And in terms of height, it’s ideal whether you’re sitting in a chair or on the floor meditating.  

Unfortunately, there is some minor assembly required with this table. However, all the tools required to do the job are included in the package. And, as it’s already partially assembled in modules when shipped, it should take you no more than around 10 minutes to put it all together.

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  • Some minor assembly is required

Dimensions: 16 W x 9 D x 9 H inches
Weight: 3 pounds

If you’re looking for a highly ornate and beautifully decorated meditation table then be sure to feast your eyes on this magnificent piece on offer from DharmaObjects. Carved from solid Sheesham wood, this meditation table is handcrafted in India by some of the best Tibetan master craftsmen. You can see straight away that every inch has been made with care and precision and is by far, the best-looking meditation table available at the moment.

Weighing in at just 3 pounds, it’s pretty lightweight and is compact enough to be carried around as need be. There’s no assembly required and the legs fold in for ease of storage. The only real downside to this meditation table (if you can call it that) is that it is a little on the pricey side. However, considering the quality of the materials used and time and care that’s gone into making it, it’s well worth the extra.

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