Refectory tables are elongated tables that can really seat a crowd. They gain their name from Medieval monastery dining halls, but over the years they were adapted for palace feasts and, today, even for entertaining at home. We love their often simple, rustic designs and have come up with a few examples of them used in the home for your perusal:
- A gorgeous mix of antique and mid-century modern furniture in the London home of Antoni Burakowski.
- A dining table for twelve at OKA flagship home furnishings store.
- Sting's country-style dining room all set up for entertaining, complete with mix-and-match Windsor chairs around a giant refectory table.
- Lawrence Rizkowsky uses an antique refectory table as a bar, with bottles arranged in a basket. A great idea for entertaining.
- Another pairing of a refectory table and mismatched chairs. These tables are so long, it must require gathering together every chair you can find to seat everyone!
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