The one thing that haunts me to date is the scolding I would get for leaving the table dirty. Be it bread crumbs, a dried up drop of honey or gravy, crystals of sugar or any other debris that is left after a ten year old’s day of eating and lots of TV watching. Then we went to school and there was a rhyme about tables and chairs. It went something like this;
Table table, table by table
Chair chair, Chair by chair
I cannot remember the rest of it. But you get the jest of it. Tables are important.
They come in all shape and sizes. It was not uncommon to find tables of the different shades of brown with a coat of vanish to make it look classier in many of our homes. With time though, we have become more deliberate about furniture and part of that revolution has been exploring a myriad of designs and textures of tables. Today we explore different types of tables and how to use them in our spaces.
1. Chess Table
In the spirit of the movie Queen of Katwe, chess tables can be stylish pieces of furniture at the house. If nothing else for the respect of the game. These are placed either in the study or living room so you can either choose to have it blend with the décor or have it stand out.
2. Credence Table
This is used for the Holy Communion at the church. It is placed near the wall and usually has a linen cloth placed on it. It holds the various elements that are used at the Holy Communion including the wine or juice and bread or wafers (yes wafers). A credence table is considered a piece of art in the church as they are held in reverence.
3. Drop Leaf Table
Remember the desks from high school? They had four surfaces around it besides the top, those are the leaves of the desk. Drop leaf tables apply the same concept. They work best for your first apartment or your space at home as they occupy little space.
4. Foldable Table
This is a table with foldable legs and can stand against a surface. This is a convenience used at home and because of its flexibility can be used in different spaces. The size ranges because you can have them either for a picnic, a simple general table or baby changing table.
5. Personal Table
To all the claustrophobic people in the world, get a personal table. This is a table that occupies very little space much like the foldable table. You can use it to study, eat or hold personal items like a book you are reading, car keys e.t.c. The first time I saw one of this was in the movie the Wedding Planner (2001). Mary Foire played by Jeniffer Lopez lived alone and she had this nice personal table where she would set up her one woman dinner and it looks heavenly.
6. Console Table
This a welcome table for your guests and you can have it on the hallway or in the living room close the any of the walls. It is where you can place the goldfish (read about how to use fluid beauty to ignite your space here), some décor pieces and family photos. The best thing about it is that you can use for any other use at home. Read this to see how to use console tables at home.
7. Coffee Table
The unwritten rule is that you first get a sofa then a coffee table. The good old coffee table that a couple is likely to pick up on their wedding day, may be even two. It is the one type of table that designers have gone ham with. They come in a variety of shapes with the most common being circular. It marries different materials to give it a unique touch. You can opt out of having a coffee table or incorporate different designs to give your space an edge.
There are various designs that we can borrow from different cultures and see where they fit in our spaces like the ones explained below:
This is a table used traditionally in the Japanese culture and measures about 15-20cms. Usually used with floor mats as opposed to chairs. It is suitable for any room in the house. It is best for the relaxation area in the house where you can sit on the floor and sip on some chai or set your snacks on it as you watch your favourite movie.
9. The Eglantine table
This was a wedding gift to Bess of Hardwick in 1567. It is made with numerous materials; The top walnut, lime wood and fruitwood veneers on a deal core, inlaid with various woods, the base of ash with painted decoration to the stretchers table. It is decorated with marquetry depicting musical instruments and musical cards among others. It is part of the collection at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire (Accredited Museum) (6305).
Watch the video below to catch a glimpse of the table.
10. Korsi Table
This is a table that is popular in the Iranian culture that has a source of heat under it and a blanket thrown over it. It is used during dinner or to study much like the Chabudai table. The heat source underneath it may be hot coals and electric heater to keep those around the table warm.
11. Noguchi Table
This is a perfect balance between furniture and art. It was done by Isamu Noguchi and it involves a wooden base with a freeform glass top. It is ideal for the reception or the living room. It creates a good and lasting impression and give a room sophistication. Think of it as a home a statement piece. If you have little ones though you might want to keep it away from them lest they keep bumping into it.
12. Refectory Table
This was used in monasteries in the medieval times and then they transitioned to banquet tables. They are mainly made of walnut or oak. It is a piece that is used in noble household or castles. Who is to say your house is not a castle? Watch an episode of Game of Thrones you are bound to spot a refectory table.