When you sit down to dinner you may not think you are part of a grand tradition. However the concept of social dining goes all the way back to the Middle Ages. Dining room furniture and etiquette, however, was very different back then! When you think of the social dining experience, it is usually thought of as a quiet, intimate gathering of a few friends over a tasty meal with some wine. There may be the odd controversial remark or cheeky banter, but it is generally quite civilized. Such occasions over the generations were not always like this. In the Middle Ages it was more of a bustling, boisterous celebration of food. It has to be remembered that there were less forms of entertainment and that time. The meal was a way of showing off status with the furniture and seating arrangement being very symbolic of this. This was the era of the divine right of kings! Essentially this meant that the social order was not adjustable but defined by God. Hosts were seated higher than their guests, with everyone eating from long trestle tables, seated at benches. They did not have plates as we know them today. Food was served on a large piece of bread called a trencher. The trencher was typically eaten at the end of the meal. The status of the guest was indicated by how close they were seated to the host(s). Seating closest to the host was typically reserved for the gentry and nobles of European society. The further away from the host that a person was seated gave an indication of their class status. This social pecking order at meals changed during the reign of Henry the Eighth. When he dissolved the monasteries tremendous tension and division resulted between the Catholics and Protestants throughout England. As a consequence grand meals became less practical as people of the different religious streams wanted their own separate areas for eating in. So, parlours for eating and gathering in became the norm, with the larger halls being used only for major banquets on special occasions. The size and design of chairs and tables changed to reflect the need for more intimate meals and meetings where sensitive information was not disclosed to the "other side". The long tables became shorter and people began to use individual chairs that were more suitable for smaller parlour rooms with smaller groups of diners. Over time the location of the kitchen became adjacent to the eating area to make it easier for food to be served, whereas in the Middle Ages the kitchen was on a level lower than the grand hall and the meals had to be carried upstairs to the hall. dining room furniture (blog.mdp.ac.id) has changed in recent decades, from the more formal Victorian wooden furniture to modern minimalist furniture that reflects the less formal dining experience of today. In North America it is common to have dinette areas next to the kitchen, or smaller areas known as breakfast nooks within the kitchen area. However, for more formal dining including for entertaining, large tables with individual seating is still the preference.