Into the fold: 7 of the best Trestle-style tables

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When it comes to successful entertaining, it’s not just about the food, the booze and the riveting company. Seating your guests comfortably is key to creating a convivial atmosphere, particularly if you like to chew the fat over a few bottles of your finest, late into the night.

This is when a trestle-style table comes into its own. No-one wants to sit squashed elbow-to-elbow – and a generous dining table will give those seated around it space to relax and enjoy themselves.

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There are some beauties in our edit that are reminiscent of refectory or farmhouse tables, with plenty of room for the family and a few extra guests. Ikea’s Mockelby and Flint by Steven Owens at &Bespoke are fine examples if you like this look.

There are trestle-style tables that will extend to accommodate a larger crowd too, such as the Winglefield from Oka (which can seat up to 18), the Santino at John Lewis & Partners and Borge Mogensen’s Danish design classic, the Hunting table manufactured by Carl Hansen & Son.

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For smaller spaces,’s Aphra would work, as its slimline profile and pale finish give it a discreet presence for its size.

Over at Neptune, its roomy Hebden design has the appearance of an old school work bench, so it looks as good as an industrial-style desk in a home office or study, as it does as a dining table.

If you’d like your seating to be as expandable as your table, introduce a bench on one side with chairs on the other; this will give a relaxed, casual feel to mealtimes. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to elevate the look to a more sophisticated level, consider upholstered dining chairs.

The trestle-style tables ahead can be dressed up or down to suit the mood you want to create.

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