The early furniture design and style of the Jacobean period was very much influenced by the Tudor fashion. The like other furniture pieces were very strong, heavy and were made to last for several years. Tables were used either as dinner tables or side tables.
Oak and Pine were mainly the hardwoods used for making tables. The importance of having a table in the house increased during this period. Also, there were certain modifications made to the over-all look of the table. For instance, the width of the table top was increased during the reign of King James I.
Apart from that, a special feature of the Jacobean era tables was that the table top was made in such a way that it could be easily folded in two halves.
Another typical characteristic of the tables made during this era was in respect to the table legs. The legs of the tables were perpendicular. In the early years of the Jacobean period, the table legs were bulb-turned. Melon bulb was a common style for Jacobean legs.
The legs of a Jacobean table were even carved with beautiful designs. The Gate leg table was also invented during this era. This type of table was generally circular, rectangular or even elliptical in shape. Interestingly, the tables also contained drawers. This was a very unique feature of the Jacobean tables.