Looking for the ultimate modern and contemporary sofa side table guide? Here is a round-up of my favorites that will look perfect in your home!
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As we know I love a good sofa side table. Whether it’s a sexy cute drink table or a small accent table there is just something about them.
They speak to me and I love them. I think they are a great way to add personality and originality to your home.
For most people, your sofa is an investment piece and you want it to be timeless. Because it can be such a large investment you are less likely to go creative there.
The side table however is a great place to express your personality and design style.
In this post, I’ll share the round-up of all the side tables I have been stalking online recently.
My design style is definitely contemporary modern so that’s the look of many of these beauties.
This post is all about the ultimate modern and contemporary side table guide you need in your life right now.
Sofa Side Table Styles
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.
Before we begin I wanted to address a common question.
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 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 placed for decorative reasons in any room.
Next, I’ll discuss the sofa side table style options to help you decide which is right for your space.
1. Drink Table
Drink tables are just cute stylish tables that are the perfect size for your drink of choice.
Whether it’s coffee in the morning or your favorite cocktail it deserves somewhere fabulous to be put down.
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.
Siena C Table from Crate & Barrel
3. Drum Accent Table
Similar to the shape of a drum these tables are cylindrical in shape and quite compact. They are often made of wood, metal, and even marble.
The beauty of these tables is they are usually large enough for a lamp and some accessory pieces.
Layered Rectangle Drum from West Elm
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4. Martini Sofa Side Table
A Martini Table is any small table used beside a chair, sofa, sectional, or seating space that is primarily for the use of 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.
Beaufort Brass Martini Table from Arhaus
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 are often ‘layered’ or ‘stacked’ to emphasize the varying heights.
These tables are especially great when you have company as the table can be moved as needed.
Ginette Nesting Side Table from Lulu And Georgia
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.
Oxford Marble and Brass Side Table from CB2
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.
Acrylic Folding Table from CB2
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.
Shagreen Removable Tray End Table from Overstock
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.
Wood Stump Accent Table from Target
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.
Trunk-style Accent Cabinet from Walmart
11. Cart Table
A cart table is typical of wheels so it can be moved throughout your space as needed.
This one from CB2 serves as a cart table on wheels and a c-table that can side under your sofa or chair.
Another example is the classic bar car that can be placed next to your sofa when you are limited in space. This way your guests can make a drink and have a place to put it down after.
Not everyone has an abundance of space to work with so this will serve a dual purpose.
Peekaboo Acrylic C Table from CB2
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.
This one from World Market can double as a cute side table or stool as the description implies.
Thai Twisted Acacia Wood Stool from World Market
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 more organic.
It is perfect if you like to trinkets on your table but also needs extra space.
This one from CB2 is super functional and cute with its mix of trendy materials.
2-Tone White and Grey Marble Side Table from CB2
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.
When shopping for laptop side tables many also have a shelf or draw at the top which is helpful if you need to store work supplies.
Pottery Barn even has a version with sides that extend out so you have a larger work surface.
This one from World Market is super cute because it mixes style and function. Love the gold base with the marble top. It is available in a black top option as well.
Margaux Laptop Table from World Market
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.
This curvy Arteriors hourglass-shaped pedestal side table is a visually stunning accent piece for your living room. One of my favorite vendors, they always have unique furniture pieces.
Arteriors Scout Side Table from Lulu and Georgia
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.
This one from Crate & Barrel is an updated sofa side table version of the classic design. It’s available in three finishes but naturally, I’m drawn to the gold base and marble top.
Nero White Marble Accent Table from Crate & Barrel
Now that you have all the styles down here are some round-ups that covered a variety of modern and contemporary sofa side table options.
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1. Odesa Accent Table | 2. Silhouette Pedestal Table | 3. Natural Quartz Lilian Table| 4. Mid-Century Table | 5. Murray Table | 6. Faceted Table | 7. White Marble Collapsible Table | 8. Eclipse Table | 9. Briony End Table | 10. Cannon Table | 11. Silver and White Table
Marble Side Tables
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1. Cube C-Side Table | 2. Top Hat Marble Table | 3. Leonia Round Marble Table | 4. Leni Carved Marble Drink Table | 5. Marble & Brass End Table | 6. Hudson Drink Table | 7. Buenos Aires Drinks Table | 8. Leni Grey Marble Drink Table | 9. Canaan Accent Table | 10. Norah Accent Table | 11. Isabelle Drink Table
Gold Accent Tables
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1. Sunpan Modern End Table | 2. Waterfall Mid Century Modern Table | 3. Modern Enamel Top Accent Table | 4. Azura Brass C-Table | 5. Modern Cher Side Table | 6. Antique Brass Nesting Accent Tables | 7. Round Metal Accent Table | 8. Cecilia Raw Brass Metal Accent Table | 9. Beaufort Brass Martini Table
Modern Black Side Tables
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1. Ludwick Accent Table | 2. Jedrek Martini Table | 3. Black Wood Side Table | 4. Westleigh Side Table | 5. Hourglass Round Side Table | 6. Marble Drink Table | 7. Tall Brass and Marble Drink Table | 8. Jori Pedestal Side Table | 9. Nina Rose Quartz Side Tables
Contemporary Side Tables
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1. Interiors Radnor Drink Table | 2. Electrum Accent Table | 3. Valter Brass Drink Table | 4. Raven Side Tables | 5. Large Modern Glass Side Table | 6. Emile Side Table | 7. Neo Geo Bowtie Table | 8. Furniture Rockstar Side Table | 9. Coral Modern Round Side Table
There you have it the ultimate sofa side table guide you need for your home!
I hope this was helpful and gave you the ideas and inspiration to get your design project started.
Have an amazing rest of the day full of Unicorns & Rainbows!
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