Gateleg table

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Example of a gateleg table.

A gateleg table is a type of furniture first introduced in England in the 16th century. The table top has a fixed section and one or two hinged leaves, which, when not in use, fold down below the fixed section to hang vertically.

As such, gateleg tables are a subset of the type known as a dropleaf. The hinged section, or flap, was supported on pivoted legs joined at the top and bottom by stretchers constituting a gate. Large flaps had two supports, which had the advantage of providing freer leg space in the centre.[1] Typically the table legs are supported by stretchers. The earliest gateleg tables of the 16th and 17th century were typically made of oak.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gateleg table" Encyclopædia Britannica