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Table Hire – style and inspiration

What are the different types of event tables you can hire for your reception or banquet?

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If you’re trying to plan your event and finding the choice of your table hire a mountain to climb then this is the blog for you! We have broken it down to explain the different types available and what they are used for to help you choose the right tables for your event.

We have also included some ideas to make your event different and unique so take and look to find some fantastic ideas for table hire.

Round Tables

These are most commonly used in many different event types whether it’s a wedding reception or a corporate function and are usually the most popular table to use. They can be hired in a variety of sizes, from a small three foot round to as large as an eight foot round.

A three foot or a four foot tend to be used for either cake tables or small intimate dinners; you could even follow the latest trend and introduce a sweetheart table into your seating plan which looks amazing at weddings to focus the attention on just the bride and groom. Five foot to seven foot round tables are often used for general dining so if you are planning a seated dinner these would be just right for you, seating between eight and 14 people.


Use eight foot D-ends with an insert to create an oval which is a perfect idea to seat large numbers whilst using grand tables without sticking to the norm.

Trestle tables

Not only used for the kitchen, these tables can create stunning seating plans. They are long rectangular tables, which come in many sizes and, in most cases, when people are considering table hire; they use them for a top table or in the back of house area to prepare food for service. This is no longer the case and they are becoming more and more popular throughout the table hire industry for all types of events. Why not use them to create a sprig lay out which is a classic look and although keeps the tables uniformed this effect can create some amazing set-ups. Just look at the below pictures for some inspiration.

Some of these trestle tables look amazing and all because of the way they are laid. These ideas are sure to wow your guests as soon as they enter the room.

Coffee Tables

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Have you considered creating a cool chill out area for your guests to relax? Well don’t forget to hire the tables! There are many different coffee tables available such as a white wooden, glass square or black rectangle. Remember to keep in mind the style of your soft seating and venue; you don’t want things to look mismatched. One piece we love here is a glass coffee table; it’s a good all-rounder and keeps the look clean and fresh so they work with any colour scheme.


If you’re looking for rustic and something totally wacky then why not try our pallet coffee tables, popular in the summer for outdoor events but we think they can work well in any environment.

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Poseur tables

The main purpose of these tables is to create little social spaces for your guests to mingle in a bar area or large space. They can be used outside or in and are great if you are serving bowl food. There are so many things you can add to a poseur table to jazz it up. For example, you can use ribbon, tablecloths sashes, and so much more, but if you’re looking for something more ornate, then these are also available to hire. Take a look at some our inspirational photos below to get those creative juices flowing.

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If you’re looking for even more table hire ideas you can contact our event stylists on 01708 335 184 to book a meeting in our showroom so we can try and bring your imagination to life, or if you have already got something specific you’re looking for you can email our team at hello@tehcltd.co.uk