The table has been used by humans for thousands of years, serving a variety of purposes from entertaining guests to displaying possessions. The most common use for the table from antiquity up to the modern day has been dining, with most homes reserving a separate space - the dining room - to hold a large table with multiple seats. Smaller spaces can be equipped with a square, two-seat version of the dining table. A number of other types of tables can be found around the average household, varying from room to room. In the living room or lounge, it is common to have a low coffee table to display books or as a surface for drinks, as well as small side tables for lamps. The bedside table or nightstand is a popular piece of furniture for the bedroom, often used as a surface for lighting or clocks.
Modern homes needn’t look minimal and sterile. In fact, a piece of historic furniture can give your home the look or accent it might be missing. This is one expert’s guide to finding the right historic piece for your modern home, focusing on the kitchen and living room in particular.