Side tables are one of the smallest pieces of furniture, but they make a huge difference in the look of a room.
“They’re like the bags and shoes in your outfit,” says Poonam Khanna, an architect who founded the Brooklyn-based studio. Union. “They are very important accessories.”
Just as imitation shoes can enhance the look of plain clothes, interesting side tables can add visual appeal to an otherwise sophisticated interior, whether you choose lined ones. Clean furniture made from beautiful materials or tables with sculptural shapes or unexpected colors.
Of course, it’s not just about how they look. Side tables also make the room more inviting by adding flat surfaces next to sofas and chairs to hold lights, books and drinks. Depending on your needs, they can be a simple pedestal or include drawers or shelves for storage.
And those choices offer plenty of opportunities to personalize a room. “You can use the same space and just swap the side tables,” says Ms. Khanna, “and it changes everything.”
How tall should the side table be? The top of the table should usually be close to the seat height of adjacent furniture, so it’s easy to reach, says Khanna.
Should an extra desk store? “It really depends on the location,” Ms. Khanna said. A drawer or bookcase is useful in a table used next to a bed or in a family room, but may not be needed in a more formal room.
Do they have to be used individually? Unnecessary. Ms. Khanna sometimes places clusters of identical tables in the center of seating groups, as a versatile alternative to one-piece coffee tables. “They are smaller tables that can be moved around,” she says.
Powder coated steel table with storage
About $336 at Design Within Reach: 800-944-2233 or dwr.com
Insert sub table
Ash wood carving table
$899 at Ferm Living: 011-45-7022-7523 or fermliving.us
Colored acrylic side panels can be used horizontally or vertically
$195 at MoMA Design Store: 800-851-4509 or store.moma.org
Matter Made Orbit Stool 4
Oak table or stool with elliptical legs
$550 at Matter: 212-343-2600 or mattermatters.com
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/24/realestate/side-tables-shopping.html Shopping Side Tables – The New York Times