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.

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