Sofa tables were originally designed for placement behind a sofa, usually between the sofa and the wall, where they functioned as little more than a surface for lamps, books or other objects. Today, sofa tables are still used in this manner, but they are also often brought out from behind the sofa and shown off as substantial pieces of furniture. Use these slim, tall and striking console tables as room dividers, in a foyer or hallway or as a sideboard table in a dining room. Choose your sofa table according to how and where you will use it.
What You Need to Know:
- Size: Measure the area for your sofa table. If you use it behind a sofa, it should be almost level with the top of your sofa. The table should not protrude beyond the edges of the sofa. Ideally, the sofa table will extend to about 6 inches short of either side of your sofa. Also, measure the width of the table. The wider the table, the more it will push your sofa out from the wall or protrude from the wall if you position it as a stand-alone piece of furniture.
- Style: Consider the placement of the sofa table when choosing the style and finish of the table. The finish and style should match other furniture in the room where it will be located. Tables behind a sofa will not be very visible, so you might want to focus more on the table’s surface. Sofa tables out in the open typically have features such as attractive hardware on drawers or carved or tapered legs.
- Function: Decide how you will use the sofa table. If you want it as a buffet or side table, purchase a sofa table that has shelves or drawers for storage. Some sofa tables are not designed with added shelving, but do have a surface that runs along the bottom between the legs for added durability. This surface can hold large baskets, which are attractive and functional, as well as silk plants.