• Joseph Hiraoka

The History of Tables

Updated: Nov 5, 2019

Written by: Joseph Hiraoka

Edited by: Ethan Polley

History of the Table

ta·ble

/ˈtābəl/


A piece of furniture that’s able to have objects placed on top of it without it falling off. Usually a flat piece of wood with four legs in the corners.


First Usage

Tables are basically as old as chairs, mostly because they come from the Egyptians, like chairs. They designed it as a standard wooden table, so it’s more of a counter but close enough. They would put large plates on them, and even eat on them while sitting on a pedestal. Though, a pedestal is not a chair, it’s a stool.

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Ancient Egyptian table

The Chinese also invented tables, but instead of using them for eating on like normal human beings, they used them to write and paint on whilst holding all of their art supplies.

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Ancient Chinese table

The Greeks and Romans

The Greeks and Romans also used tables. They used them mostly for eating on. They made them usually out of wood, marble, and metals like bronze alloys.The Romans also introduced a strange semicircle type of counter thing as a table.

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Roman table

The Middle Ages

The History of the Table isn’t as well known as the other usages of the table because people didn’t really draw or write about it that much. The only things that we know is that they were mostly semicircles. They were also mainly made out of wood. Lecterns were also invented during this time, and they were very popular for writing on. They would fold up, just like today’s tables that are relatively big.

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Middle Ages table

Conclusion

Tables have been used since Ancient Egyptian times, and have evolved into the tables that we know and love today. Tables are and will be one of the many things that will stay in human culture forever. Much like chairs, floors, tables, houses (maybe), and programming robots to kill us all. Maybe we just need to embrace tables for how useful and timeless they really just are.

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