New year, new dining:
Whilst few of us have any space or even desire for a designated dining room any more, a roomy table around which to eat, work, and entertain usually forms the focal point of our living spaces. A chat with my sister-in-law over Christmas lead to some thoughts about large dining tables, further inspired by stumbling upon this chic, relaxed dining space in a historical house in Antwerp, Belgium.
(images courtesy of Cote Maison)
I love the table in this shot as although it is large, it’s narrow enough for guests seated opposite to chat in comfort. The table doesn’t dominate or crowd the narrow dining space, and the trestle legs keep the look informal.
I’ve talked about my hotch-potch table arrangements before (here) when feeding a crowd together, and really my budget-conscious Ikea table suits our hectic lifestyle perfectly. For a similar one try this: (although, as mine is a kitchen table, I prefer an unfinished wood surface, as it can be scrubbed clean: super-practical…)
You can’t beat Ikea for a bargain; the bottom trestle desk/table is only £35.
At the other end of the financial scale, try Skandium:
The trestle-style Bermuda table by Asplund is currently on sale, so head to Skandium quickly for the discount; whilst the Sandra table, the second image above, was designed in 2003 by Thomas Sandell for Asplund, and is also from Skandium, though not currently discounted, sadly…
And at the mid-range price levels, Maison du Monde‘s trestle would be a great substitute for the table in the original image: