Today let’s talk about alternatives to the side table. You know those cute little tables that we put next to our chairs and sofas so we can put a lamp on them or a drink or a book or the channel changer. I’ve had a parade of side tables next to one of the chairs in our family room because this table often is called to hold lots of my “stuff” while I’m researching or on the computer. I found a better solution to the side table for those of us who have stuff…
Our family room is going through a s-l-o-w makeover! I’m waiting for a chair I ordered and have another 6 week’s before it comes in. So I’ve been working on filling my cabinet with wonderful accessories and choosing new pillows and paying attention to every detail. And changing my color palette a bit.
I’m still on the fence about my sofa. For those of you who don’t know, I have a love/hate relationship with it but that’s for another day!
So, back to the side table. I have an “interim” chair in the family room until my new chairs come to live at StoneGable and needed to find a side table to work next to it.
I’ve been looking and looking and although lots and lots of side tables struck my fancy they were not right for my needs there. You see, this is where I sit. And along with me often comes all kinds of stuff. If I’m working I have a computer and an external hard drive and probably a few decorating books and magazines and a drink and a pair of readers and some fruit.
And I need a lamp next to me too! So lots of stuff!
I needed smart alternatives to the side table!
Then I thought, “who says I need to use a side table at all?”. So I started to look at cool table style desks and slender sofa tables. And after an exhaustive search, I found one. One that was right for me and my family room.
It does break the decor rules for height and length but it is perfect for me!
Today you are seeing it all cleaned up with not a lot of “stuff” scattered over it.
I figure I’m not the only person who could use something a little bigger and longer than the side table they have. Is that you?
The very fun thing about this table is that the top folds out from the top to become a real table and I can pull a chair up to it and work away!
If you like this idea too here are a few alternatives to consider…
- the table should not dwarf the chair
- the back of the chair next to it should be equal to or higher than the table
- make sure you have plenty of room to add a table desk or sofa table. Preferably it should have a good stretch of a wall
- keep the table leggy and not heavy
- use the open space below to add baskets for storage
- the table should work with the feel, style and color palette of your room
Here are a few long tables that may be a great alternative to the side table…
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