Dining Room Tables

Dining room tables are a type of furniture that is used for eating meals or dining. Dining room tables are part of the furnishings in a home, usually in the dining room and primarily serve a functional purpose.

Dining Room Table Overview

In today's busy society, dining room tables are often used only for formal dining during holidays or for special occasions. Typically, food is served on the tabletop and guests are seated in chairs surrounding the table. Dining room tables come in a range of sizes, but are typically larger than kitchen tables.

Dining room tables consist of a flat surface supported by four legs. These tables may be oval, square, round, or rectangular. Some have pull-out extensions, or leaves hidden under the table that fold down to allow the table to accommodate more people. Because dining room tables have been in existence for centuries, there are many styles of dining room tables that follow the current styles of the day.

Purchasing Dining Room Tables

Dining room tables today come in a wide range of styles from modern to antique to period reproductions. When buying good quality dining room tables that will last, it is important to understand the types of woods that dining room tables are made from and the type of construction used to make the dining room tables.

Dining room tables are constructed from many types of woods such as pine, maple, cherry, and oak. Most dining room tables are constructed of solid wood or use a fancy wood veneer over a solid wood frame. Factory finishes are typically high gloss. Hand finishes of custom-made dining room tables are generally a matte finish. They should use mortis and tenon or dowel joints and table legs should be reinforced with triangular-shaped blocks of wood for stability.

First Dining Room Tables

Early dining room table styles in the United States include:

  • Biedermeier
  • Chippendale
  • Colonial
  • Mission Oak
  • Queen Anne
  • Sheraton
  • Second Empire.

As with other types of furniture, dining room tables can also be categorized by periods such as Colonial, Federal, Victorian, Mission, and Modern. As such, dining room tables have a distinct look depending on the period, whether it's the trestle table of the colonial period, spade legs of the Sheraton period, or the distinctive wood graining pattern that characterizes Mission Oak.