Dining tables are one of the most ancient and basic forms of furniture that exists and people have spent precious time dining on them for years. In ancient times, the Egyptians ate from plates at pedestal dining tables made up of stones while ancient Greeks used tiny tables for dining and stored them under their beds. Romans on the other hand made legged tables with marbles, metal or wooden material. Eventually, there was introduction of grander tables that used separate pillars and platforms accommodating a large number of people. Human history and its culture has introduced variations in history of dining tables and named them with unique titles like refectory, gatelag, butterfly tables, etc.
The word table was derived from Latin word Tabula and its earliest models were mostly used by Ancient Egyptians in a proper practical sense. There was emergence of much better recreational designs through manufacturing art of European empires. They emphasized more on lavish living rather than incorporating usability in dining tables. Tables they crafted, were mostly made up of marble, elegantly reminding their timeless influence.
Through years, wood workers and manufacturers have possessed the ability to customize and adjust furniture used in home interiors. Many dining tables feature tops or surfaces that are able to adjust themselves in terms of positions, height, size, shape and style. One of the kind are folding tables that collapse easily after the completion of dinner session. It serves as a perfect sturdy refractory table occupying minimum space. Dropleaf tables were also invented by ancient manufacturers that included leaves and inserts for extra guests.
Traditional dining tables were composed of a mixture of different materials made up of marble, wood or metal. The typical structure was supported by 4 strong pillars linked together with X shaped stretchers exhibiting a beautiful blend of authority and efficiency. During initial development period of dining tables, shapes were big and mostly rectangular that allowed the head of the household to occupy the top end. This gave him the privilege of viewing and addressing all his guests and family members at once. During ancient times, families were not only larger, but the house constituted of a community with several families living together. Hence, there was a need of large dining tables that acted as a center piece for dining hall. It made each member of the house socialize during mealtimes while enjoying delicious food and drinks.
In present day, dining tables are available in different materials, shapes, heights, weights, sizes and styles. They have a flat surface for serving and having food. Their table tops are generally square, round, oval or round in shape. Some dining tables have higher surfaces that call for specialized seating which can be accommodated with the assistance of stools and high chairs. Tables having a single centralized foot is called pedestal table. Many dining tables are standalone furniture objects while others need a supportive surface like a wall. All these dining tables are easily available at Furniture in Fashion store at an affordable price.