A trestle table is a table consisting of a table top or board lay to rest on trestles. It is made in such a way that two or three trestles supports are linked by a cross-member in a longitudinal direction on which the tabletop rests. In earlier times a trestle table was just an assembly of a loose board fitted over trestles in a simple collapsible style.
Oak was earlier used as the top of a trestle table but later maple, pine or poplar were used as it was easier to handle. Now there is no end to the range of laminated wood or thinner materials used. Trestle tables can be fixed as well as folded. In reality this table resembles an antique field desk with a few variations made over time.
Trestle tables can be made in any size, shape, color or style. Trestle dining tables and kitchen tables are best suited for houses with tight spaces or for banquettes or bench seating. In case of a trestle dining table they are very comfortable as there is ample leg space because a leg table usually interferes with the seating.
Usually the top is not fastened but some support is given to keep the top in place. Adjustments can be made at the end of the table if required. Trestle tables come in a large variety like thick tops, planked tops, double pedestal tables, painted tables and even the simple ones.
There are many finishing options that include various stains and colors with a glazed or rubbed look or a solid stained top. There are endless design options to choose from.