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The Best Side Tables In Every Style And Budget
This page is a collection of all the side table posts created this year. No matter whether you’re looking for a marble, gold, black, drink, modern, or any other style we have you covered.
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Modern Side Table Shopping Tips
No matter which accent table style you choose it is important to always start with a floor plan of your space. I know I sound like a broken record but without the floor plan, you will not know the exact size side table you need.
This is especially important when you are shopping for a side table for a U-shape or L-shape sectional. The worst thing that can happen is your furniture gets delivered and doesn’t fit.
Trust me no one is happy when that happens!
Whether you are shopping online or in the furniture store images are deceiving. This is especially true when shopping in person.
You have to remember the lighting and scale of the store are NOT the same as the space of your home.
To begin the design process download this how-to-measure guide so you have a “map” to follow. This way you have a clear idea of the exact size of the coffee table that will fit in your space.
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Once you have an idea of the size of your sofa, coffee, and side table next you need to plan your budget. Unless money is no issue in which case shop till you drop!
Most of us have a budget or number in mind that is our MAX for the room design.
If this sounds like you then download the helpful budget calculator worksheet so you can figure out what that Living Room makeover will cost you.
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Once you have an idea of the floor plan and budget you can get started on the look and feel of your space. For help with that head to this post 9+ Modern Neutral Living Room Design Tips And Inspiration.
Commonly Asked Questions
What’s the difference between a side, end, and accent table?
Simply put the difference is the following:
Side Tables go to the side of another piece of furniture. (I know common sense but we tend to overthink things, NO?!) They typically have a larger surface area of around 18″ to 26″ wide and tend to have a stronger element of style.
End Tables go at the end of a piece of furniture. They are typically smaller than side tables usually 12″ – 18″ wide and can often fit into tight spaces.
Accent Tables are not the main focus in a certain space. The term comes from the meaning of the word “accent,” which means stress, or emphasis. An accent table can be added to any room for decorative reasons.
What are the various types of tables?
When it comes to the styles of tables there are many to choose from. While the widths will vary ideally, a side table should be equal to or just below the arm of the seat it’s next to.
1. Drink Table
Drink tables are just cute stylish tables that are the perfect size for your drink of choice.
A C-table is a side table with a clever cantilevered top that resembles the letter C.
This table is perfect to enjoy the comforts of your couch while also enjoying the technology of your choice.
3. Drum Accent Table
Similar to the shape of a drum these tables are cylindrical in shape and quite compact. They are made of wood, metal, and marble.
4. Martini Sofa Side Table
A Martini Table is any small table used beside a chair, sofa, sectional, or seating space. It is primarily used by one person.
These tables were formerly called cigarette tables but have evolved to be elegantly called Martini Tables. These stylish trendy tables are larger than a drink table but smaller than your average side table.
5. Nesting Sofa Side Table
A nesting table is a table designed to be placed in a group of one or two other tables. The tables are usually graduated in size and are often ‘layered’ or ‘stacked’ to emphasize the varying heights.
6. Skinny Side Table
A skinny side table is just as it sounds a narrow table that is perfect when you need a convenient place to put your drink.
These tables are typically between 10″-14″ and are great next to your sofa, bed, or between two chairs.
7. Folding Sofa Side Table
Folding tables can be of two styles. Those that completely fold down and those that have leaves that fold. They can be made in many sizes, configurations, and designs. Materials can be plastic, metal, wood, and more.
The folding table that can be stored away is great when you are tight on space but enjoy entertaining.
8. Tray Table
A tray table is perfect when you like to entertain or need to serve guests.
These tables come with a detachable tray (typically with cutouts) that can be removed as needed.
9. Wood Stump Table
A wood stump table is a great way to bring an element of nature to your home.
These tables can be round, square, or organically shaped. They can be solid or the tops attached to a metal base. Wood stump tables are often unique since they are inspired by the natural elements of a tree stump.
10. Trunk Style
This storage trunk end table combines style and unique functionality.
Its cool and clean simple design is perfect for storing blankets or anything you want to be hidden away.
11. Cart Table
A cart table is typical of wheels so it can be moved throughout your space as needed.
12. Sculptural Sofa Side Table
The sculptural table is one that is functional and looks like a piece of art at the same time.
They can be made of wood, stone, and other similar materials that can be formed into an interesting shape.
Speaking of the shape they are typically geometric or organic and have a feeling of movement.
13. Multi Level Table
The tiered table is one that combines top levels of different heights. They can be arranged on top of each other or in a more organic layout.
It’s perfect if you like trinkets on your table but also need extra space.
14. Laptop Table
With many people still working remotely a laptop table is a perfect addition to any space. These tables typically have the c-shape style so they can slide under your sofa or chair.
15. Pedestal Table
A pedestal table is one that has a central supporting column or pillar.
It is a piece of furniture having a smooth flat top that is usually supported by one or more vertical legs.
16. Tulip Sofa Side Table
The tulip table was designed by Eero Saarinen, an architect by profession and a furniture designer at heart. He came up with and executed the idea because he wanted a table with smooth, uninterrupted curves and charisma that wouldn’t look cluttered at a glance.
The table consists of a platform base that rises from the ground in the shape of an inverse tulip and seamlessly integrates into a smooth, round tabletop.
The design process should be fun so just breathe through it and remember I’m here to help guide you through the process.
Getting the home of your dreams is possible you just need a plan and concept to follow to keep you focused.
Let me know in the comments below what is your biggest struggle in the process.
Have an awesome day full of Unicorns and Rainbows my friends!
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