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Where to Start when Choosing Your Living Room Tables

There are so many kinds of living room tables that can be incorporated to increase style and function. Coffee tables, TV consoles, end or side tables, sofa tables… there is a table for every possible area! Does that mean you need them all? Absolutely not. We call ourselves Taos Lifestyle because we know that your lifestyle is what should drive your furniture selection. First, we need to take into consideration your space and what your primary goals are for its function. The rooms with the best vibe are always serving up function with the best possible style, that way nothing ever feels out of place, or becomes the dreaded “catch-all” for junk.

End or Side Tables

Riverside Living room end table

Did you know that end and side tables are the same things? What makes the distinction in its name is where it is placed! End tables are placed beside the couch, and it becomes a side table if it is anywhere else in the room. End tables usually feature lamps for flipping through magazines or books and have enough surface area to place a cup of coffee and the remote for easy access. When looking to purchase an end table, you want to consider which side of your couch you like most to sit at. Features like natural light or proximity to an outlet often dictate where you habitually curl up. After assessing that space, we can recommend the right size and features to accommodate your needs. A side table may be placed by the front door to drop your keys or can be near a window to host your houseplants. Your use of the space and personal style will dictate if and where a side table may be necessary.

Coffee Tables

Brown Riverside living room coffee table

Coffee tables are the one horizontal surface most living rooms can’t do without, and the most important factor in your coffee table choice is height. These tables should always be proximate to your sofa. The general guideline is for it to be no shorter than 1-2 inches below the seat of your couch. Whether you purchase your coffee table or sofa first, make sure you bring the measurements when you shop so you don’t have to awkwardly stoop to grab a glass of water. All of the other features of your coffee table are entirely optional. Design elements such as a glass top make your space appear larger, while real wood is durable and comforting. Drawers and shelves allow for additional storage, but if you like a lighter, more minimal feel, than a simple table may be a better option.

TV Consoles and Credenzas

brown Riverside TV Console for Living room

These pieces of furniture can be as simple or complex as you’d like. Some people prefer a hutch style that encloses their media center in a bookcase, while others mount their TV’s and just need a simple low table or credenza to place a DVD player or modem. When shopping, it’s best to first take stock of what media elements you use, and what angles your seating faces. You don’t want to come home and realize that there’s no room for the cable box, or to buy a piece that’s overly complicated and you don’t know how to fill it. Whatever your preference for creating your media center, we have options that can accommodate as much (or little!) media you need to store.

Sofa Tables

Brown Riverside sofa table for living room

In an open floor plan or a mixed-use space, your sofa may sit away from a wall. In this case, sofa tables may be placed behind the back of the sofa for extra storage or decor. Sofa tables are tall –a couple of inches shy of flush with the top of your couch. They should be tall enough to be easy to access when standing, but not so tall that they are higher than the sofa itself. The guideline for length is anywhere from half the length of the back of your couch, to almost matching in length, but never longer. When used in an entry-way, a living room table like this can be very functional for dropping keys or mail. When the sofa is the divide between two “rooms” in an open floor plan, a sofa table can be a great way to demarcate the spaces. If you keep your couch against a wall, or the space between your walkway and sofa is tight, this item may not be functional for your home. Sofa tables are highly versatile, but only make sense in certain spaces and furniture configurations.

We hope we didn’t confuse you too much with all this information about living room tables! More than anything, we don’t want to clutter your home with unnecessary items, as tables can occupy a lot of floor space. The best homes flow seamlessly and account for your real needs and lifestyle. Stop by the shop and we’ll work up a plan to design your most functional home.

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