What is a Farmhouse Table? (All You Need to Know)
Farmhouse tables are a beautifully historic addition to any home and are becoming increasingly popular as a stylish country addition to any living space. Farmhouse tables are now a popular feature in kitchens and dining rooms throughout the country.
Particularly suitable for today’s informal style, the farmhouse table is ideal for any home but is especially popular for families and those who live in the country due to its durability and simplicity.
What is a Farmhouse Table?
Valued for its simplistic design, clean, classic lines, the farmhouse table is a rustic and sturdy table commonly found in kitchens and dining rooms. It is particularly recognisable by its sturdy round legs and thick table top. Farmhouse tables are commonly made of oak or solid pine and can be found in a variety of aesthetically pleasing natural finishes.
The farmhouse table is popular in the United Kingdom as it evokes memories of a simpler time, when everything was carried out at the communal family table, from baking, washing, food preparation, eating, and activities such as writing or reading. The farmhouse table evokes a family feel and value for the comforts of home. When purchasing a farmhouse table, you can be sure it will stand the test of time and remain in your home for decades as a timeless piece of quality furniture.
The History of a Farm Table
The farmhouse table had its origins with the Egyptians who were one of the earliest civilisations to use wood to build tables. The first farmhouse tables were little more than numerous planks of wood resting on trestles. This design allowed for the tables to be easily dismantled and moved. The Chinese also created early tables, to allow them the opportunity for pursuing the arts of writing and painting.
Early farmhouse tables in England were made from necessity for a space to sit and eat, prepare food, and work. There was no embellishment, the farmhouse table was basic in its design and function.
As English populations grew and towns and cities developed, the population became more sophisticated and wealthy, causing the farmhouse table to be replaced, by those who could afford it, by a formal polished dining room table that would have been reserved for special occasions. Regardless, families continued to gather around the farmhouse tables which remained in kitchens, where meals were still a family affair.
The Many Uses of Farmhouse Tables
Farmhouse tables originated as a functional place to gather and dine but were also used as work tables for baking, studying, washing and working. These reliable and sturdy tables were popular in kitchens throughout the country as they could withstand years of wear and tear. Farmhouse tables had many uses but their popularity was due to the fact they lasted for decades. Even today, they serve multiple purposes and yet their design and simple style makes them a lovely addition to any home.
Creating the Farmhouse Style Table
Farmhouse tables are made from oak or pine and are often hand-distressed to provide rustic character that claims they were well-aged when you purchased them. You can have your farmhouse table finished in any style that suits you, including multiple colour or stain combinations. With today’s craftsmen, tools and knowledge, we can make farmhouse tables to suit any style or home. The result is a stunning farmhouse table where families and friends can gather and make memories for generations to come.
Farmhouse Tables from The Old Forge
Here at The Old Forge Company, we build farmhouse tables in a style that suits you. Custom-made furniture is what we do and we’re good at it! Our custom-made farmhouse tables are hand-crafted and finished in Sussex based workshops, using ethically sourced pine and traditional techniques.
Our farmhouse tables are made with thick, durable tops, a variety of leg types, optional drawers, extension leaves, paint finishes, planked and scrubbed surfaces or just plain waxed or simply ready for you to paint. We also sympathetically distress the tables to age them and complete that rustic look.
We have hundreds of customers that come to us for their ideal farmhouse table in a specified style. Every farmhouse table we create is unique to the customer and we can help you find the ideal table for you.
About The Old Forge Company
Here at The Old Forge Company, we are a mature and independent furniture retailer owned by the same family and trading from the same location since 1991. We believe that selling furniture is all about creating relationships with customers and understanding what they're are looking for. We want to create tables that are unique and personal to you.
We enjoy working with you every step of the way, from the initial design and sketching process, through to the completion of your farmhouse table – we will be with you every step of the way. We love the country and enjoy creating a slice of traditional country living for your home.
Areas we Serve
We have satisfied customers throughout East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey and Kent, with regular deliveries to: Bexhill, Brighton, Burgess Hill, Crawley, Crowborough, East Grinstead, Eastbourne, Hailsham, Hastings, Haywards Heath, Heathfield, Horsham, Hove, Lewes, Newhaven, Polegate, Redhill, Reigate, Seaford, Shoreham by Sea, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Uckfield, Wadhurst, and Worthing.
Contact Us Today
If you’re looking for a farmhouse table for your property, in the style of the traditional farmhouse, The Old Forge Company are here for you. We can create the farmhouse table you have always dreamed of and give you a space where you can enjoy a family meal, reconnect, relax and spend time with others in a rustic and traditional setting.
For more information, call us today.