Long tables have been used throughout history. The first had four legs and they dated back to ancient Egypt. The trestle table dated back to the refectory table of the medieval monasteries, and joined tables with stretcher - attached feet - some even have dropped leaves that made them even bigger and longer. Buying a long table can be done in numerous ways.
Furniture stores can be a source of long tables. The tables can be in a variety of styles ranging from the contemporary to traditional. Stores like Old Charm Furniture carry long tables that resemble tables made in the Tudor era. Village Furniture has both traditional and contemporary tables, some that even have extension leaves to make long tables even longer.
Antique stores and auctions
If you prefer to buy older, antique long tables, then they would be available at antique stores and auctions. These tables will be made of solid wood and will feature craftsmanship which is not always found at furniture stores. These tables could date back to the 1600s to the 1800s, and feature the leg styles from double scrolls turned or double twists, or the reeded legs of the 1830s.
Auctions can also be a good source for long tables. These tables will also be from different eras and styles. You may also find them at estate auctions where whole house-worth of furnishings have to be sold. The prices of these tables will vary as will their condition. Inspect the tables before buying them to make sure that the condition is good enough for it to be used. If you are handy, you will be able to have more leeway as well as make any repairs yourself.
Custom tables can be a way for you to not only have a wonderful long table but one that is made specifically for your needs and wants. You can choose the wood, the style, the finish and the method of construction. You can even use reclaimed wood or left-over wood from projects, and can turn it into a unique long table that you can enjoy for years to come. If you finish the wood with paint of stain, you can make the table look as though it is an heirloom.