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The History Of The Table
Modern Home Tables
Above all, each type of modern home table has its roots in a distinct time in history. An example would be an end table, trestle dining table, pedestal table, and a coffee table. The history of the table likely begins with the Egyptians. They utilized stone or metal platforms to display their food and to use as playing boards. Furthermore, the Chinese also adopted the use of tables as platforms for writing akin to desks or end tables. Greek and Roman tables, used for eating, were similar to coffee tables in their size. Therefore large rectangular and circular tables were utilized by the Greek and Roman eras. The trestle table evolved in strength and size to accommodate large banquets, often used by royalty.
Today, the modern home includes a full evolution of table design, from dining tables (square, round or something else), occasional tables, picnic tables, work tables, poker or billiard tables and drawing tables or desks. Not only are there a vast selection of table designs, but a huge number of styles. This includes traditional to modern styles. Add to this the expansive options for customization (split or solid top, size, shape, wood type, stain or paint type, leaf storage, leg style, edge selection, etc…) and selecting the proper table can be a daunting task.
Luckily, many retailers, especially those specializing in handcrafted wood furniture, offer experienced hands-on help to aid each customer in finding the table that is right for them.