Furniture Choices: Trestle Tables
Thanksgiving is fast approaching, which makes me think of the gorgeous antique table at my parents' house, passed down from my grandmother. While it's lovely to look at, all of us who are seated down the sides have to awkwardly straddle table legs and make sure our wine glasses aren't placed on the crevice where the leaf was inserted. A superior table for dining dates back to the Roman Empire, where it was usually made out of marble: The Trestle Table. The materials and the styles have changed, but the big idea behind them has endured. Let's take a look at today's trestle tables.
The trestle table is comprised of two trestles, usually with a horizontal bar spanning from one to the other. Here it is in its simplest and most familiar form: The picnic table.
Because there are not any pesky table legs in the way, these comfortable upholstered chairs push in under the trestle table perfectly.
Farm tables often (but don't always) have a trestle base. Often the top can be removed from the base so that the table can be somewhat portable.
This trestle table lends itself well to the subtle French Country style of the room.
This trestle farm table fits right into to French Country style as well.
Here is a more contemporary take on the trestle table. The base is made of metal.
Here the trestle table is part of an elegant and sophisticated dining room.
The trestles on this table are important design elements in the room, grabbing attention with their unique curves.
The marble top recalls the table's Roman origins, but the style works well with these warm wood Mission style chairs.