The trestle table is an old design which dates back to the Roman era, if not before. In "How to Make a 14th Century Trestle Table" by Baron Thorvald Olafson, trestle tables are described as being 'the folding tables of their time. The top rested on some manner of base and it all came apart to take up less space when not needed." The table's design, due to its practicality, continued to be popular, even to the present day. Buying trestles tables are possible using more than one method.
Big box stores and furniture stores
The first place to look for these tables is at big box stores and furniture stores.There, you will be able to find banqueting trestle tables as well as smaller coffee tables. The prices range as well to cheap tables to those which are more expensive (and better quality construction). If you do not mind putting in some elbow grease, buying trestle tables from a company which makes furniture from good quality wood, you can finish the table yourself in any manner you choose, from stain from paint. In this manner, you would be buying lifetimes tables which could be passed down, rather than tables which might only last a few years.
Used trestle tables
If you like older furniture, or would rather buy your furniture second-hand, then used trestle tables would be for you. There are many routes to go: tag sales and yard sales, Craigslist or the classifieds, or even online auctions. When you can, look the table over carefully to make sure it will not collapse the instant you bring the table home to your house. If buying online, be sure to ask for lots of information and pictures. If you are handy, then a trestle table in good shape with a questionable finish may turn into a long-lasting piece at a bargain-cellar price after you do the restoration work yourself. If you prefer an antique trestle table, then antique stores, estate auctions and auctions would be a better route to take.
Custom trestle table
If you prefer something totally different, and truly one-of-a-kind, then a custom trestle table is for you. You can build the table yourself using Baron Thorvald Olafson's useful site or other plans available online or at bookstores. Besides, if you are not handy, you can hire someone to do the work for you. In this way, you can control the design process, even making round trestle tables or any design of trestle that you like.