The appearance of your lectern is greatly determined by the type of materials from which it is constructed, the style of the finish, the color, and the trim. Different materials have different properties. Wood lecterns
are very professional looking and durable, but can be quite heavy. For lecterns with built-in sound
, wood is often the best choice. Most wood lecterns are made out of wood composite, however some of the high-end models are constructed entirely out of solid hardwood. Acrylic
or plastic lecterns
are light-weight, sleek in design, but do not offer all the amenities of their wood counterparts. They also do not look as classical as wood designs. Metal lecterns
share many of the same properties as acrylic, but often come with wood surfaces, allowing users to enjoy the best qualities of simplicity and elegant designs. One final construction material is durable plastic, which is often used as a hard case for tabletop audio lecterns. These are very sturdy, yet more utilitarian in appearance.
Podium and Lectern Store
also allows you to choose by finish. The finish refers to the layer of material placed on top of the basic structure. For example, you can have a wood lectern with a veneer
or laminate finish
. Veneer finishes are made or real wood whereas laminates are synthetic. Some lecterns are available with a carpet finish
, where a thin layer of carpet is placed over the wooden base.
Solid hardwood podiums and lecterns come with a natural finish, and acrylic, metal and durable plastic podiums and lecterns have no finish at all.
Lecterns come in many colors, all depending upon the style. Acrylic lecterns are clear
in color. Carpeted lecterns are available in either black
. The largest variety of choice comes with wood colors. Lecterns come in a variety of options, including cherry
colors. Keep in mind that if you choose a veneer finish, the wood is real, and the color depends on the natural qualities of the piece of wood used.
Many models of podiums and lecterns come with trim options. Trim refers to decorative strips which line the corners and borders of the outer surfaces. The most common trim options are either metallic (brass
), or wooden (oak
is the most common).