Dee Sharp Table September 02nd, 2018 - 17:10:55
Dining: Have you ever invited guests over for dinner and then realised that you don't have enough space to seat them all? Your dining table just isn't big enough, or you don't even own one? Well, a trestle table can solve that problem. It can easily be used to increase your dining space. A four foot table can seat four to six people, and a six foot table can seat six to eight. And if you have a dining table too, these seats can be extra.
After defining a general style for the new tables, actual designs must be created. In some cases a finished product can be fabricated from a sketch alone. That is not the case with these tables however. Prototypes have to be built based on very rough sketch concepts. The tables have to ultimately be designed three-dimensionally by actually cutting and welding steel. The rough sketches are used as a basic starting point but the overall design is not completely determined beforehand. I use the "design as you go" approach" and each table takes shape on the fly.
The first step in creating anything new is deciding on a style. I wanted something with a lot of open space that could be viewed from all angles, including the top. Inspiration comes from industrial style building elements and bridge truss structures. My interest is in the structure behind the facade. In many cases that structure looks very interesting but is seldom seen.
One of the most common things to use in place of a coffee table is old packing cases from early last century. Often these were used to transport tea or other foodstuffs and many still have the original labelling upon them, faded by age. These can make a stylish and surprisingly convenient coffee table and can often be picked up fairly cheaply from antiques centres and fairs. Not only do they make good surfaces they also have a lot of storage space to hide away items that you do not want on display.
Because they are curved on the side that extends out into the room, these tables take up less room than square or rectangular tables. They also do not have any sharp points, as square and rectangular tables do. This makes them much safer, especially in a home that has children. The sharp edges of rectangular tables are often at the head level of young children. This makes a table with a half moon shape a good choice for homes with children.
This table is usually placed in the living room near a sofa and it gives the room a nice, organized look. Some of the small items that people like to store on are TV and other home theater remote controls, magazines and even small sewing supplies or pens, etc. The functionality can be easily increased by adding a small cabinet just underneath it so that it can now easily store drink bottles as well. Pouring the drink and serving it has become just that much easier with such a table!