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Guide to Refectory Tables

Posted on June 27, 2022

Refectory tables were historically used by monks in monastery dining halls, called refectories, hence the name. A refectory table, by definition, is a long narrow dining table supported by two trestles that are joined by a stretcher or set into a base. They typically have table legs that are supported by circumferential stretchers positioned very close to the floor. The highly elongated tables were originally used for dining in monasteries during the Medieval times, although later they were also commonly found in abbeys, castles and other noble residencies. In larger refectories several refectory tables used to be placed together to accommodate more people.
A refectory table is a solid and chunky piece of furniture that can be put to good use in a modern home. If what you are looking for is a table that will withstand daily vigorous family life, this table could be the perfect fit. For contemporary design purposes the chunky and solid nature of the refectory table is perfect to create a cosy farmhouse look for your interior. These hard working tables are made to withstand rough use, so if you are looking for a table that can double as a kitchen island, it sure makes a good choice.  And not just as a kitchen island or for dining, these make a great platform for all your family life be it your kid’s homework, working from home, family games and the like. Browse our fantastic collection today to see our selection of refectory tables as well as so much more.