Posted on December 18, 2016
From the very first and the very simple trestle tables to the current trendy range of options, table designs have evolved to a great extent and have come a long way. Amongst the antique furniture options, the variety of tables is extensive.
The whole point of a table in the very early days was having a flat horizontal surface to work or eat on. Make shift trestle tables served this purpose. The later versions of the trestle tables that evolved were usually fixed ones. The refectory tables evolved from these trestle tables. These refectory tables were usually for monarch dining and were long and narrow.
Apart from the trestle tables, the tables made with four legs joined by stretchers were also quite popular during the time and were called joined tables. The pedestal tables came into being sometime during the 16th century. These are typically round or oval tables supported by a column or turned post that ends in the base. These came in double or single pedestal designs. The basic design of these tables was the same, however the styles vary according to the regions and tine periods.
Antique Console Tables typically feature ornamented brackets that support the tabletop. The console tables have their origin somewhere in the 18th Century, by the French manufacturers. These were believed to have been made to occupy the space between the windows and were usually put up against the walls.
The antique farmhouse tables have always been popular and continue to be so even today thanks to their understated appeal and the movement towards kitchen dining. These are available in different sizes and good condition. These were one of the most common features in the country homes. See the full range of our antique tables for sale.
The drop leaf tables are the best option where space is less. These are neat and compact and can be extended by putting up the sides to accommodate guests. Another variant are the extending tables which can be extended by sliding out the planks to make a bigger dining space.
Apart from these there are a number of different types of occasional tables such as coffee tables, side tables, games tables, three legged antique cricket tables, card tables etc. The Gateleg, Pembroke, tilt top tables were also popular and were differentiated depending upon the method of construction. While the gateleg tables typically showcased a unique one or two hinged leaves support by hinged legs, the Pembroke table usually came with 2 drawers and flaps on either side which could be elevated by brackets on hinges