The Trestle Dining Table – A Style That Never Dies

Trestle tables were very popular in the Middle Ages and they’re still popular even today, being mainly appreciated for the fact that they’re easy to assemble and to take apart, easy to transport and to store. They allowed multifunctional spaces to thrive as a room could serve as a dining area one moment and as a game room or dance floor the next. This type of flexibility made the trestle dining table the ideal occasional piece. The style is still popular today although in some cases the flexibility and ease of storage has nothing to do with it.

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Trestle dining tables usually look good in traditional interior designs. You can see one here, in an open plan social space which integrates three different functions. The dining table appears to be the central piece, highlighted by two hanging pendant lamps. This is an interior planned by Mitch Wise Design.

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Awad+koontz chose a trestle table for this cozy and stylish dining nook. The table is complemented by an L-shaped bench that has built-in storage and by a set of individual chairs.

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It seems that trestle dining tables go well with benches, as demonstrated here by Deep River Partners. In this large dining room the focal point is the live-edge table which is framed by chairs on two sides and which has unique live-edge at either end.

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Because trestle tables are usually more closely linked to rustic or traditional decors than to minimalist modern design, they look nice when complemented by classical chairs and candle chandeliers like this one featured in the dining room designed by BCV Architects.

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A trestle table is usually large because otherwise the design wouldn’t really make sense. The table is solid but that doesn’t stop it from also being practical and easy to put together or to store. In fact, that’s what made this style so popular in the first place. Klondike Contracting designed this dining area with both looks and function in mind.

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Other style can bring out the best in trestle tables too. For example, studio Oliver Burns designed this dining room using a combination of modern, rustic and industrial elements and the table brings it all together harmoniously.

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Given how robust and solid a trestle table usually looks, it can be a nice idea to complement it with chairs that look lightweight, with see-through backrests or with slick and thin frames. Pay attention to the style as well. This dining room designed by Siamasko + Verbridge can serve as a source of inspiration.

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This dining area designed by ZeroEnergy is wonderfully balanced. The trestle table is the piece of resistance. With slick and lightweight chairs on one side and a built-in white bench on the other, the decor is perfectly-balanced.

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AMW Design Studio chose a different strategy. In this dining area they preferred a decor and an ambiance that are a bit formal and where solid and heavy furniture makes perfect sense.

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We love the architectural look of the trestle table used here by Charlie & Co Design. It establishes a sense of symmetry with the island and the cabinetry and it blend sin nicely with the wooden floor. It has a strong presence and that makes it stand out in an elegant way.

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The team at Polhemus Savery Dasilva (psd) is known for the timeless designs it creates and for the attention to detail. You can see that here, in a dining area that’s small but bright and cheerful, with just the right amount of color and a solid trestle dining table to ground it all.

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Not all trestle tables are heavy and robust and not all are large either. The one photographed here by Elad Gonen is actually quite delicate-looking. It adds warmth and charm to the room.

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Somehow a trestle table is simply perfect for this dining room created by Gregory Carmichael Interior Design. It’s the element that brings the room together and the chairs and bench contrast with each other but look beautiful when combined around the table.

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Don’t you just love how cozy this little dining nook is? It’s small and it looks very comfortable. The sofa is perfect for the space and the table matches the room perfectly. This is a space designed by Hann Builders.

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Wondering where you could find such a table? Well, there are plenty of options. This particular one, for example, comes from Zin Home. It’s made of oak wood and it’s simple enough to be versatile. The design is inspired by the classic furnishings of 18th century France.

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This is a space designed by the Refined Group, a studio appreciated for the ability to mix contrasting styles and to put together historical and modern elements to create timeless and sophisticated spaces. This is one of those projects.

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The Refined Group also created this gorgeous interior design which puts the spotlight on the trestle table used in the dining area. The whole design is wonderful, especially after taking into consideration the different types of chairs used around the table.

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The most notable element of a trestle dining table is obviously the structure of the base which usually features large wooden pieces. These can be coordinated with exposed beams for a cohesive decor of the room. You can see such a design photographed here by Lanny Nagler.

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A robust dining table like the one photographed by Thomas Grimes needs to be surrounded by elements that suggest lightness or by light colors and breezy fabrics. Everything has its own role in the design, including the chairs, the rug, the wall color and the light fixtures.

DIY trestle tables

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We’ve talked and talked about how versatile and practical a trestle table is and it’s clear that assembly is simple so it shouldn’t be that difficult to build such a table from scratch. The design is pretty straight-forward and once you figure out the exact dimensions it’s more or less a puzzle. You can add your own touch to the design, like this metal pipe support beam for example. It given the table featured on cherishedbliss an industrial twist.

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Putting together a rustic table is easy, especially if you use ready-made trestle legs. It’s all just a big puzzle. You have to put the pieces together and there’s some room for customization. On lipstickandwhitetee you can find some suggestions, tips and instructions on how to construct a table that looks just like this one.

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It’s a bit unusual to see a trestle table with a round top. The combination is not common and the design is quite interesting. In case you want to build such a table yourself from scratch, be sure to check out rogueengineer for the list of materials required but also for detailed instructions to help you every step of the way.