4 Easy Tips for Picking the Perfect Sofa Table

4 Easy Tips for Picking the Perfect Sofa Table

A sofa table makes a versatile addition to any living room because it provides a functional and fashionable accent that will enhance the overall look and feel of your room. Sofa tables can be strictly decorative, provide a space for storage, or provide a useful buffer between the back of the sofa and the wall. Use the following tips to pick out the perfect sofa table for your space.

Furnished living room featuring a sofa table
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Placement

The most common place for a sofa table is directly behind your sofa. This provides a surface for lamps, photos, or other decorations, and gives the back of your couch a more attractive appearance. A table placed between your sofa and wall can provide extra space behind the couch to access electrical outlets and allow airflow for a radiator or heating vent. Sofa tables also work as console tables in a foyer or hallway, a room divider in a larger living room, or as a sideboard table in a dining room.


2

Size

Measure the height and width of your sofa to pick a sofa table that is level with the top of the couch and does not extend past the edges. The table should be deep enough to accommodate any items you want to place on top; items like lamp shades shouldn’t be wider than the table, or else they may be obtrusive over the couch.


3

Style

Where you place your sofa table should determine the style and finish. If you keep the table in the living room, coordinate the look with the rest of the living room furniture. If you want to match the style of your furniture exactly, many sofa tables can be purchased in matching sets with coffee tables, side tables, storage ottomans, or stools. If a table is placed between a couch and a wall, focus mostly on the look of the top. Sofa tables set out in the open are meant to be shown off as accent tables and typically have features like attractive hardware, drawers, and tapered legs.


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Function

Decide how you are going to use your sofa table and pick one to fit those needs. Consider a solid wood surface instead of a glass tabletop if you plan on displaying large or heavy items. Sofa tables with shelves and drawers add the benefit of storage when used in a dining room or entryway, but a table between your sofa and the wall can be more simple.



by Nick Anderson Home Specialist
NOVEMBER 10, 2016

Nick has been passionate about houses and living inside of them for almost a quarter of a century. While decorating his own space, he favors a minimalist style with eclectic accent pieces ranging from ant farms to antiques to abstract paintings. He believes a clean home is a happy home and tries to live a clutter-free lifestyle.