Apothecary Tables

Written by Serena Berger
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Apothecary tables have recently gained popularity thanks to an episode of Friends, the comedy which largely dominated the late '90s and early '00s. While apothecary tables actually have a storied tradition and antique versions can be found that are over a century old, the contemporary versions are pieces which blend easily with the design of many rooms. They blend form and function with a delightfully unique quality.

Apothecary tables can come in many sizes, though coffee tables and end tables are the most common. An apothecary table has a flat solid top, underneath which is a cabinet, consisting of a number of small drawers. This style of table gets its name because in the original days of apothecaries, they would keep their various pills and powders and herbs in a cabinet, each in a different small drawer.

The Character of Apothecary Tables

Apothecary tables leave a lot of room for exciting and interesting designs. First, of course, is the material from which the table is made. Any fine wood can be used, as well as some of the modern materials like particle board.

But it is the design of and engravings on the doors and the drawer knobs which really make apothecary tables special. From the simple and elegant to the whimsical and even outrageous, these nuances of design can make an apothecary table the conversation piece in any room. Look around online--you may find the perfect apothecary table for your room.

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