It’s Our Ravishing Affair with Side Tables.
Side tables are the furniture version of arm candy; or jewelry.
They can bedazzle a room or be quietly discreet.
Most of the time they sit on the side, but these tables are no longer complacent in the same locale; they are moving on up and over and center!
Take a look at this dark and handsome side table. Not only is it striking at the arm of this sofa, but it’s strong, solid stature can also serve as a stool. I’m not implying that an evening should be spent perched upon this, but if you need a seat in a quick fix, this will oblige the derrière nicely.
Side tables have taken on many roles; bedside table, coffee table, stool, etc., but what determines their proper place is the height. You must first understand the need of the table and pay attention to scale. Be sure the scale is in proportion to the space. You don’t want a table to look puny or overbearing. Measure once, measure twice, and measure again and again until you get it right. If measuring doesn’t give you a good read, find something that is similar in size and park it next to its future home. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Here is a general guideline:
On the side of a sofa or chair = no lower than an inch or two blow the arm. Aim for a table that is 24” tall
- As a reading table with a lamp = 27” — your lamp should be at least 32” tall (from base to top of shade), unless it’s adjustable.
- As a bedside table = 27” — your lamp should be at least 28”, unless it’s adjustable
- As a stool = 16” to 20”
- As a coffee table = 24” tall
- Accompany ottoman(s) = aim for same height or slightly taller
- And there are fun little tables with accommodating legs that push right under your sofa that act as a mini side butler
Feel free to break the rules too. Depending on the size and space of the room get creative and use a larger table that can create a focal point. I’ve used larger (38” w x 31” h) pedestal tables strategically positioned on the side with a couple of small ottomans pushed beneath. It’s a fantastic way to add extra seating and an interesting dimension to the room. The generous size allows you to add a lamp, accessories, foliage and the ottomans can add a pop of color or pattern to the décor. Use trunks and stacks of suitcases if storage is needed.
Side tables also add style, texture, color, etc. to a room. In a room with a neutral life, tables with curvaceous frames, carved wood, bold colors, etc. would be lively choices.
For the eclectic room that has a lot going on; many upholstered pieces, lots of pattern, a vast compilation of collectibles, etc, go with side tables that are uncomplicated, sleek, and low key.
Shape is important too. If you have a lot of squares in the room, opt for round tables to soften the edges, and vice versa.
No matchy-matchy (No sets, no Bob’s Discount Furniture design. This goes for everything, everywhere in the home). Mix things up; it keeps the life of the room interesting.
Nesting tables are a wonderful option where extra surface space may be needed; a guest room, entertaining in a living room or a small area where space is at a minimum.
The number of side tables rests on the size of the room and the amount of seating in the room. A sofa can have two matching side tables, but if there is a chair or two in the room, select something different. If you’re using the side tables as a coffee table, be sure the scale is right. You don’t want to use one small side table for a large sofa. Consider grouping two or three tables together or mix in a couple of ottomans. Just be sure the scale and function works.
Don’t be afraid to mix different textures and finishes. Intermingle metallic finishes, or find pieces that have wood and metal characteristics. Also, the living quarters and use will dictate the surface. Stone, glass and ceramic are tough and can withstand drinks. Wood or fabric tops work well for dry goods; accessories, book rest, etc.
Isn’t It Time For Us Have An Affair? Let’s Start Today!