Sunday, 28 December 2014

Retail Showroom Closing Sale

The January Sale is about to start - with a difference - this year The Table Place is closing down the Showroom and everything must go.  All tables, chairs, sideboards, TV-stands, cabinets and coffee tables.

Come and explore the extensive stock available, everything must go before the end of January and extreme Bargains are on offer.

We're open Thursday - Monday 10am-4pm and Sundays 11am-4pm.  Call us if you want to enquire about particular pieces of furniture.

We now closing down, but after January we will be offering restoration and bespoke services only.  The Table Place is not closing down, but our showroom is.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Christmas Dinner Still Alive and Well

In today's modern age living, we have become come accustomed to life with out the old fashioned dinning room, we get home after a busy day at work and are content with dinner infront of the TV, making the dinning room a redundent space left to gain cobwebs.

I however think we should look again at the good old dinning room and realise the good times that it has provided us with, for no other room in the house can you get every one sat round that grand center peices that is the good old dinning room table.

And with christmas just round the corner now is the time to bring out the table cloth and start dressing the room up ready for it to come alive and take center stage amongst family and guest. So live long the good times round a sturdy old wooden table and give it the credit it deserves.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Removing Water Marks from Dining Tables

Discovered an annoying white water mark on your dining table or coffee table and want to know how to remove them? Follow these steps and you should see them go.

White Water Stain on Tabletop

When liquids, such as water, are left for a long time on the surface of most polishes, it will penetrate and swell the thickness of the polish. When it dries out, microscopic holes are left behind, leaving a white mark.

First, determine how much damage the offending stain has caused.

Stains and marks made by liquid or steam are usually white or light-coloured. That means that the stain has not penetrated much more than through the waxed or polished surface. If the stain is dark, it indicates that the liquid has penetrated through to the finish on the wood or possible through to the wood itself. If this is the case, you will have more of a fix on your hands.

Prepare your tabletop by wiping down, wash and thoroughly dry the whole surface.

The main part can take some time to get the right finish and how much damage the white stain has caused. There are many tips, like using toothpaste, offering quick fixes, but none so thorough or leaves as good a finish as this method.

It is a good idea to practice on a bit of timber first to get the level of sanding right.

With fine sandpaper, a 400 grid wet and dry sandpaper or with dry lube sandpaper, gently rub the stain, taking care not to remove any colour or going down to the timber, as this will change the colour of the finish. The correct sandpaper is vital for the correct result.

After the mark has been removed, re-polish the whole table lightly along the direction of the wood grain, in order to have the same gloss all over the surface.

Allow the polish to re-harden overnight and give it another light go and re-polish the dining table or coffee table everyday until the marks have disappeared.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Mobile Phones at the Dinner Table

Modern technology has overtaken everything we do, both in our business life and now in our personal life. So, is it a true surprise to see guests at a dinner party pull out their mobile phones whilst around the diner table?

Using Phones at the Dining Table

You only have to go out to your local restaurant and look at your fellow diners to see that a number of them will be looking at their mobile phones, either searching for something funny to show the rest of the table or to finish a quick email to a colleague.

It is a sign of modern life, but does it have to reach every aspect of our lives? At the dinner table, perhaps we should stop it there. It can invade the conversation, it might even be thought of as being rude to your hosts or dinner companions.

Therefore, there should be a minimum of three rules around the dining table to stop people looking at their mobile devices.

1. No one should be allowed to look at his or her mobile devices.

2. Mobile phones should be on silent during the meal.

3. Only time a mobile phone should be used at the dinner table is in case of an emergency – i.e. if the babysitter has a problem or there is a medical emergency.

Apply these three rules to any meal around your diner table, whether you are with your friends and family or with your colleagues, and you may find yourselves living a healthier life.

The average meal takes less than 30 minutes so there should be plenty of time to catch up afterwards. So enjoy your meal around the dining table before you rush off again.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Massive “Stock Reduction SALE”

It has been quite the summer and by the looks of it its not over yet, the nice weather is set to continue. so that could be classed as good news depending on your point of view.

Now even though Summer seems to still be very much in the air, but time is moving on and we're starting to hear the familiar bells of Christmas ring once again.

So, what do we do as the inevitable slowly gets closer and closer, will it bring anything new or will it be the same routine repeated yet again by large corporate entities. Every year they feed us the same old rubbish; buy this, buy that and every year you wake up on Boxing Day and find all your Christmas Presents on Half Price.

How will this year be different - I hear you say?  Well we'll make it different for you. We are putting on our Massive "Stock Reduction SALE" before Christmas! Giving you the chance to get those super low prices now! Hurrah!

Over at the Table Place we have the most skilled of craftsman in the land creating bespoke pieces of beautiful furniture that if I may say so myself are quite impressive.

As we all march into the same old Christmas routine why not give your money to someone who deserves it for something that will last you for generations to come! If you feel like it or are just simply after some decent furniture at a reduced price, then make your way over to the Table Place from the 12th of October and see if you can find yourself an epic "Boxing Day Deal" today!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Death of the Dining Table or Not Quite Yet?

How people dine within their homes has changed significantly over the course of history, from eating one square meal a day to the traditional three square meals. Eating with the rest of your family has also changed significantly and where they eat as well.
Romans enjoying the Dining Experience
During the Roman period, breakfast did not really exist for much of our history. The Romans did not really eat it because they were obsessed with digestion and eating more than one meal a day was frowned upon. They considered it a form of gluttony, which had a huge impression on the way people, ate until the Middle Ages.
The Middle Ages changed a lot how people thought and how society behaved. Monastic life and Religious views had a huge bearing on how, what and when people ate. For example, the traditional English Breakfast came about because everyone would be forced to eat all meat and eggs before Shrove Tuesday when it was forbidden. By the early 17th Century, it is thought that all social classes were eating breakfast together. Another factor why it was considered necessary to enjoy a full breakfast was the need to go to work on a full belly, especially during the Industrial Revolution.
During the Middle Ages, daylight also helped to shape mealtimes. With none of our mod cons such as electricity, people would get up earlier to make the best use of the daylight, so by the time noon came, the workers were famished and eager for a light meal to carry them through to the evening, giving birth to the luncheon.
Dinner was the one meal that the Romans did eat, though at different times. The different Social classes working hours defined when their dinner would be. During the 19th Century, most people would come home from work and enjoy a full meal.
Every social class would have different traditions and different countries had different traditions. However, up until the 1950s, the family dinner remained strong. These meals, around their dinner table, were considered a chance for the family to remain as a unit. Towards the end of the Victorian period and the beginning of the 20th Century, the family, on a daily routine, would get together around the dinner table at a regular time, and enjoy a homemade meal.
It has been argued that the arrival of the TV brought an end to the traditional family meal around the dining table as people began to eat in front of the television. Yet, more importantly, the death of eating around the dinner table supposedly happened in 1986.
The microwave meal came on to the market, allowing housewives to prepare a meal for their families without using all their dishes. This meant that people grew more inclined to eat in front of the TV whilst sitting on their sofas. Another arrow to into the heart of eating at a dining table was fast food and the increase habit of eating out around towns.
Fast Food gave a degree of ease to families. Parents were able to offer their families food that took no time to prepare and cook and could be served directly out of a tub and then thrown away and the TV provided their source of entertainment whilst they ate. TV ready meals is now an industry that is worth over £2.6 billion.
Going out for a meal also increased, as people believed this as a healthier option than eating fast food. For example, 58% of New Yorkers ate out or brought their lunches or dinners in 2014. Comparing this to 47% of the average American.
One area that has also shaped how modern families now eat is due to more women were working and everyone putting in longer hours at the office. Throughout and up until the mid 20th Century, it was custom for the lady of the household (unless you could afford cooks) to prepare the supper every evening. Yet, the 1950s saw women venture out of their homes, for work, for socialising or simply to go an enjoy themselves - breaking the long lasting tradition of preparing meals for their family.
However, the use of the Dining Table has not been completely forgotten in the home. Dinner parties are becoming increasingly popular, as well as gathering the family back for those special occasions such as Christmas and Easter. Another factor is how modern people view the fast food industry and its encouragement of obesity. People are coming back to the notion that a healthy lifestyle means that you should have three healthy meals a day and as a result of this, people are returning to the dinner table to enjoy a home cooked meal.
So, do not throw away your Dining Table out just yet. You will always be able to find a use for it within your home.

Friday, 20 June 2014

The History of English Furniture - The Jacobean Era

We continue following the history of the English Furniture Makers with the Jacobean Era. It was an era that coincided with the reign of James VI of Scotland (1567-1625), who also inherited the crown of England in 1603 as James I.

Typical Jacobean furniture
Jacobean Furniture
The difference between this period and the Elizabethan period were profound and Furniture Design became more stylised around the idea of 3 dimensional fullness. Furniture pieces were simple in its functionality as seating was limited to plain stools and benches; mattresses were often laid directly on the floor. The Jacobean Era is said to be characterised by simple construction techniques, rectangular lines and elaborate decoration.

Wooden Furniture, such as dining tables, were painted black to resemble Asian lacquer and deeply carved. It was constructed from heavy, solid oak, although pine was sometimes used. Maple, being slightly easier to work with was used to create turned legs. Marine motifs were becoming more popular and more importantly, exotic materials, such as mother-of-pearl, were used to embellish furniture pieces designs.

It was during this period that Furniture Design was styled around the idea of 3 dimensional fullness of its design. Wood was particularly deeply carved, marine motifs were becoming more popular and more importantly, exotic materials, such as mother-of-pearl, were use as embellishments. Wooden furniture was painted black to resemble Asian lacquer. Beds, cupboards, also know as aumbries, benches and chairs were now being designed to entwine with the walls. Trestle Tables on a long bench or form were common just as the increase in demand for chest and coffers, used for holding linens, were rising.

One of the strange phenomenons is that, during this period, comfort was secondary - to the extent that Jacobean chairs and daybeds would be almost unusable except as a showpiece, a way for the upper classes to show off their wealth. These pieces of furniture were expensive and designed to stay within the walls of castles and estates and serve as part of the inheritance.

It is also noticeable to see that the early immigrants to the American colonies imitated the Jacobean style of furniture as best they could. However, even after a short period of revival during the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Jacobean style furnishings were cast aside to make way for more favourable and comfortable pieces. The result of this is that its possible to see that any original furniture is now incredibly rare to see, except for in museums.