Posted on June 26, 2019
A 'refectory table' is nothing but an extended version of a normal table and was a common feature in refectories. Refectories being the dining rooms of monasteries. These were also commonly used in boarding schools since being long, they could accommodate a good number of people.
Refectory tables were also prevalent in medieval times. And later, commonly used for banquets in castles and aristocratic homes. In Mediterranean regions of Europe, refectory tables evolved with designs tending to be more ornate and beautiful. Over the year’s, designs were adapted according to the style of the period and the region, giving distinct features to refectory tables of different times and origins.
Refectory tables are very similar to trestle tables. These tables also have a base with trestles or pedestals joined by stretchers placed very close to the floor. These also come with a good seating capacity of around 8 to 10 on the smaller versions of the tables, while the bigger ones can comfortably accommodate over 16 people. Some antique farmhouse tables also look similar to refectory tables, but these do not have the stretchers underneath.
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