In some fancier nail salons, I have seen the use of antique furniture as manicure tables. The furniture could have been a desk, or perhaps a dresser of some sort. Sometimes the top has been refinished with a stain. I have also seen these types of manicure tables with stone on the top, such as marble or granite.
Another type of manicure table is similar to a desk in that it has drawers for storage. These types of tables are usually made of wood or some combination of wood and laminate. I have also seen some manicure tables with a glass top. The tables with glass tops would probably be the most difficult to keep clean. Glass tables show every speck of dirt and every finger print smudge there is.
Whichever type of table you choose; you should have some sort of space for storage. While a manicure table should be visually attractive if at all possible, it's more important that it is functional.
Prices vary greatly for manicure tables. These types of tables can be purchased locally at beauty supply shops, through catalogs, and of course through the internet. It is also a good idea to check your local paper for used manicure tables. You could save a great deal of money by purchasing a used table. Sometimes, they are so gently used that you would never know that it wasn't brand new. The internet is also another good source for purchasing used beauty supply equipment. There are many different online suppliers. EBay could also be a good source for finding used manicure tables.
Try to buy all of your manicure tables at one time in order to save on shipping. With the rising price of gas these days, it's possible that the shipping charges could actually be more than the price of the actual supplies. This is especially true if you are only purchasing a few tables and they happen to be located on the other side of the country.
Whatever you decide, I suggest that you do some serious shopping around before you purchase. The manicure table is the most important part of the nail salon. The manicure table will dictate the entire theme of the salon. Do you want something basic, or perhaps a little more upscale? Do you want something lightweight and easy to move or something more stationary? Whatever the answer, I wish you good luck and happy shopping.