Vintage Dining Room Table

Vintage Dining Room Table

If you crave a used dining table fit for a feast, try a trestle dining table. Reduced to its most basic elements, a trestle table is composed of planks of wood set atop sawhorse bases that are supported by a horizontal beam. Chunky and often fantastically rustic, trestle tables are dramatic dining tables that dominate a room, infusing even the most modern spaces with decades-old character. Because of their size, try a vintage trestle table in a dining room that’s solely dedicated to dining, or a dining annex with a horizontal orientation.
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Vintage Dining Room Table

Dining Tables Whether you spend two hours or ten minutes in the kitchen, you want dinner to be served up right. Our suggestion? Add a vintage dining table to the menu. While we love a dining set, a used dining table allows one to get creative with the chairs. For a twist on things, mix a whitewashed farmhouse style with pop-colored industrial stools, or pair a traditional round table with streamlined, wishbone chairs. Don’t know what dining table best fits you and your brood? Read about picking the perfect dining table here. Following Follow This Search
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Vintage Dining Room Table

With this said, it’s obvious that a vintage dining table is an investment piece, one with higher stakes than, say, a side table or accent chair. Not only does a vintage dining table need to fit your space and sense of style, but it also needs to accommodate your family at its loudest and proudest. To help, we’re outlining the basics of three common used dining table styles: the trestle, the pedestal, and the Parsons. To help decide on the best used dining table for your space, read on!
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Vintage Dining Room Table

Which isn’t to say that a vintage pedestal table can’t be an inspired option for a small space. To turn a vintage pedestal dining tables into a small space dining table, opt for one with a relatively demure base, like an Eero Saarinen Tulip Table. Featuring a round, white marble top set atop a white, stem-like base, the vintage Tulip table is an elegant yet compact piece, perfect for tucking into breakfast nooks or bay window recesses that may have to suffice as dining rooms in space-challenged apartments. As a bonus, these tables often come with leaf extensions, making them pieces that can grow with you, if need be.
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Vintage Dining Room Table

Whether you spend two hours or ten minutes in the kitchen, you want dinner to be served up right. Our suggestion? Add a vintage dining table to the menu. While we love a dining set, a used dining table allows one to get creative with the chairs. For a twist on things, mix a whitewashed farmhouse style with pop-colored industrial stools, or pair a traditional round table with streamlined, wishbone chairs. Don’t know what dining table best fits you and your brood? Read about picking the perfect dining table here.
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Vintage Dining Room Table

When you consider the simplicity of the Parsons table, it becomes clear why makers have designed them in virtually every finish under the sun. Stylistically, it’s a vintage dining table that will easily merge with different styles of décor. Use a lacquered Parsons dining table in a modern dining room synced with sleek upholstered dining chairs, or use a wood Parsons dining table paired with simple wood benches.
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Vintage Dining Room Table

If a trestle dining table seems too sizable for your space, and a pedestal dining table too showy, try a vintage Parsons dining table. Counted among our favorite designer dining tables, the Parsons table is composed of a flat slab top supported by square column legs of equal width. Modern and polished, Parsons tables are frequently finished in lacquer, but sometimes employ a faux finish like marble, stone, or brass. It’s also common to find them rendered in wood or metal.
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Vintage Dining Room Table

Once you have your used dining table in place, the rush to serve up a maiden voyage meal can easily overshadow the an off-duty dining table can sometimes look very bare, indeed. Yet deciding what on vintage dining table décor can be difficult (what goes on must come off, after all). To simplify, try something simple like a runner anchored with a vase, trio of hurricane lanterns, or topiaries. If your look is more modern, skip the runner and try a single vase filled with fresh flowers.
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The indisputable social hub of the home, a vintage dining table is so much more than a place to dine. With an expansive surface area that garners it a prime spot for homework and board games, not to mention a sense of durability that warrants it capable of handling even the messiest of art projects, a vintage dining table rightfully earns itself the title of the heart of the home.
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To start, ask yourself how you’ll be primarily using your vintage dining set. Are you a frequent hostess, or is style on the back burner given that your dining room is currently the equivalent of a bustling cafeteria (complete with PB & J’s making an appearance at virtually every meal)? Next, what’s your style? Glam, mod, contemporary rustic? Once you’ve assessed these basics, give our used dining set style guide below a try. From size to style to tips for upkeep, we’ve taken out all of the guess work to make secondhand dining set shopping an effortless two-step.
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Dining Table & Chair Sets Sometimes you just want to take the guesswork out of design. While we don’t recommend springing for that 14-piece matching plaid bedroom suite, we do love a vintage dining set. As easy to throw together as takeout and fine china, used dining sets come in every style—from warm-wooded, Mid-Century-inspired dinettes designed by greats like Paul McCobb to futuristic, mod pod sets like those of Eero Saarinen. Following Follow This Search
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When it comes to choosing seating to pair with your vintage trestle table, there’s something pitch-perfect about benches, which lend a relaxed, farm-like vibe. On the other end of the spectrum, trestles are also ripe for mixing with upholstered chairs or modern, sculptural ones. If none of these speak to you, but you still love the look of the trestle table, try a vintage trestle table that deviates from the usual rustic style, such as one in a glam glass and brass finish, or a concrete and iron finish.
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Sometimes you just want to take the guesswork out of design. While we don’t recommend springing for that 14-piece matching plaid bedroom suite, we do love a vintage dining set. As easy to throw together as takeout and fine china, used dining sets come in every style—from warm-wooded, Mid-Century-inspired dinettes designed by greats like Paul McCobb to futuristic, mod pod sets like those of Eero Saarinen.
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Tips for Success: The best part of shopping for vintage outdoor dining sets is that inclement weather has likely already weeded out any sets that weren’t really in it for the long haul. Still, seeking out element-proof materials like powder coated metal, wrought iron, and natural woods like teak will ensure longevity. Also, remember to move your outdoor dining set into a garage or sunporch if weather gets especially wicked. It can add years to its overall life.
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Our Favorite Style Maker: While there’s no denying the appeal of a traditional dining set like a Duncan Phyfe reproduction—all that mahogany!—we house a special place for Milo Baughman’s dining sets. Crafted of glass, chrome, brass, or burl, his tables feature long, feed-a-crowd lengths and simple, Parsons-like silhouettes. In opposition to the table’s simplicity, chairs are low-slung, clubby in profile, and often feature bold, cabana-colored upholsteries. The marriage of the two opposites is glam perfection.
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Our Favorite Style Maker: Nobody did outdoor dining sets like Salterini. An Italian-born designer who married a Mid-Century Modern aesthetic with an enchanted garden feel, his furniture feels sprung straight from the ground. Wrought iron tables feature simple glass tops, allowing high-backed chairs decorated with twisted tendrils to take center stage. Despite being downright lovely, this is furniture that doesn’t take itself too seriously, which in our opinion, is exactly what outdoor dining is all about.
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Tips for Success: Frequent entertainers know that a successful dinner party isn’t just about the food and flowers, but also crafting the right party for the right number of guests. To accommodate soirees that fluctuate between four and twelve, look for a used dining set with extensions. They’ll make all the difference when the company brings company.