Furniture History: Evolution of the Dining Room Table

It’s hard to imagine a time when a dining room table wasn’t the focal point of the dining room. But throughout much of furniture history, people dined on small tables or stone platforms rather than large dining room tables. Tables were used for writing and playing games, not for dining.

It wasn’t until the 16th century that dining room tables really became popular. The word itself is derived from the Latin tabula, which means plank, board, or flat piece. Although many types of tables had been around since ancient times, they were not the dining room tables we know today.

Where Was the Dining Room Table?

How Big Was the Dining Room Table?

Why Did the Dining Room Table Become Smaller?

Why Do Dining Room Tables Look Masculine?

Why Were Dining Room Table Legs Considered Risqué?

What’s in a Modern Dining Room?

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