Find the Perfect Farmhouse Trestle Table

It seems as though fall was made for the farmhouse style. We've got the prettiest picks for trestle tables that are perfect for hosting harvest celebrations.

The trestle table feels right at home in a farmhouse setting. Photo by Bret Gum

Although the trestle table is a mainstay of the contemporary American farmhouse-styled home, its history traces back to England’s medieval period when similar furniture pieces were more functional than design statement and were used in the humblest of homes as well as castles and manors.

Characterized by two or three trestle supports, a cross-member and a large board on top, the trestle table was simple yet sturdy and folded up to be stored away. With its narrow tabletop, a trestle table allowed servants to easily deliver meals to diners, but at a moment’s notice it could also double as a shield when flipped over to protect from intruders. Its popularity later waned when gateleg and refectory tables came on the scene, but we still appreciate the trestle table today for its trusty and timeless design.

The trestle table comes in a variety of styles, from its most utilitarian form to more elegant versions that make for beautiful dining in well-designed spaces.

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Eloquence® pickled white St. Remy trestle table in pickled white finish. Visit

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Peyton trestle extension table. Visit

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Nantes dining table by Zentique. Visit

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Country French trestle dining table. Visit

Decorate Your Dining Room with Mismatched Pieces

A mix of furnishings can give your home a fresh and unique feel.

Where once it was the height of refined decorating to outfit your home in perfectly matched sets of furniture, today more and more homeowners are finding the best way to reflect their personal style is with mismatched pieces.

Whether blending different styles, colors or materials, using a mix of furnishings can give your home a fresh and unique feel. Mastering this look requires a bit of finesse, simply placing any chairs around any table won’t necessarily yield stunning results.

Photography by Bret Gum
The black and white gingham pattern accentuates the color-coordinated scene on each chair’s back rest.

If you want your dining room to feel more curated than slapdash, a thoughtfully collected space as opposed to catchall student housing, take styling cues from these four elegant and eclectic rooms.

In this French-country-inspired dining room, the homeowner and decorator paired a traditional dark-wood dining table with chairs updated with black lacquer paint and check and toile fabrics.

The formality of the large table is tempered by the styling of the chairs, which can easily be used elsewhere in the home when extra seating is needed.

This dining set has a fun, garden-inspired feel thanks to a set of dining chairs painted in complementary floral tones.

The paint job highlights the detailing on each chair, making each curve pop against the contrasting dark table. White cushions further tie the styling of the chairs together.

Photography by Bret Gum
Photography by Bret Gum

In this dining room, a two-toned table is matched with six walnut-stained chairs to complement its top and two whitewashed chairs to complement its legs and base. All eight chairs have the same seat upholstery unifying the warmly rustic look. Remove a leaf and pull back the whitewashed chairs for a new look.

Photography by Bret Gum
Photography by Bret Gum

This look can be carried through to your outdoor dining spaces. Here, a chippy green vintage table is set with fresh white Adirondack chairs for a casual and inviting spot perfectly suited for lazy summer breakfasts.


Make Your Own Sofa Table

Make your own sofa table using salvaged wood for a piece with charming personality.


DIY sofa table

If you love DIY and are looking for a use for a plank of wood with perfect patina that you serendipitously found, turn it into a table. Make your own sofa table using salvaged wood and wooden spindles for a table with charming personality. Thanks to Courtney over at for the inspiration.

What You’ll Need:

  • Plank of salvaged wood
  • Two 2x4s
  • Four wooden spindles
  • Saw
  • Nail gun
  • Drill
  • Clamp
  • Screws

What You’ll Do:

  1. Find a piece of wood with patina. Alternatively, you can make your own patina by painting a piece of wood and use sandpaper to mimic the look of natural wear.
  2. Use a saw to cut your piece of wood to the desired size. To determine the size of your sofa table, measure the back of the sofa it will go behind. Leave several inches on either side so that the sofa frames the table.
  3. If you are using a salvaged piece of wood, use a few coats of polycrylic protective finish to help seal the chippy paint.
  4. Use 2x4s for the table apron and wooden spindles for the legs. Measure the length you’ll need for each side of the table, and cut the wood to size. Paint the 2×4 sections (and spindles if necessary) in your desired shade. Fasten the 2×4 sections to the spindles using pocket holes and screws. (Don’t know about pocket-hole joinery? Don’t be intimidated and learn more here.)
  5. Attach the top distressed piece of wood to the frame using a nail gun.