Reina Wright. Dining Room Furniture. August 25th , 2018.
The dining room furniture we have today would be immediately recognisable by anyone that happened to pop back from Medieval Britain! Let's face it a table is a table, four legs or a pedestal to rest the tabletop on. That said it makes the table sound purely function over form but that is certainly not the case. Furniture for dining these days is extremely stylish and beautiful. We probably don't use our tables ever day to eat at, but many of us do use the table for our traditional Sunday lunch gathering.
Dining rooms have been around for a long time. Medieval dining would have been in vast halls, which were cold, draughty and probably very noisy. Dining room furniture was basic, solid and functional. Huge open fires, stone floor and very little comfort would have been other features of medieval dining. Gradually there was a shift away from the large dining halls to smaller more compact and no doubt cosier parlours. Initially the room would have been next to the great hall, but grew in popularity as somewhere to dine.
Maple, Oak and walnut are the most popular woods for dining tables, and you should base your choice on the style of your room. If you are looking for solid wood dining furniture for an antique look, then walnut should be your choice. You won't find solid walnut tables, but the base of the table will likely be solid oak with a beautifully varnished or glossy French-polished walnut veneer on top.
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