How do you feel about side tables? Have you used any in your home or apartment?
If you haven’t ever invested in a side table, now may be the perfect time to do so, especially if you’re either setting up to host a New Year’s party or simply preparing to reorganize and redecorate for the new year.
Side tables make for a fantastic furniture addition for any home, especially since they can often be the most flexible of decorating options in a room. While many of us probably think that they need to perfectly match the rest of the furniture in our living space, the truth is that side tables often function the same way accessories do on an outfit: they add a flair of personality to an otherwise standard look, either by standing out decoratively or by complementing the rest of the overall look they’re a part of. This means that just like accesories, side tables open up an entirely new world of design options in your home.
With that in mind, we’re here to help you get creative with your side table set-up. We usually think of side-tables as the place to set down our drinks or lay out magazines, or as items that we use as nightstands. And sure, while these are three nice uses for side tables, they’re not the only ones! In fact, some of apartmenttherapy.com’s ideas for other uses of side tables include:
- Transforming your side table into one easy-to-use charging station, either by adding a power bar or a few battery docks to it.
- Using the table as an appliance stand; for example, if you have a small kitchen, a side table could be a great place to set down a toaster, coffee maker, or other necessity that doesn’t easily fit on the counter.
- Side tables can easily make for great plant stands; in fact, when you use smaller side tables as plant stands, those tables can be moved indoors or outdoors depending on the time of year, giving you the flexibility to customize where your decorative plant will sit.
- Another great idea is to use side tables as a way to hide your pet’s crate or bed. Our pets sometimes want privacy just like us; the right side table could very well perfectly disguise your crate and offer your pet a place to rest out of sight.
- Don’t have a pet? You could use a side table to stack storage instead; why not get a low-sitting table that fits under your desk at home? The table could potentially hold important documents or even a printer or scanner that you just can’t fit on the desk.
These are just a few ways to use a side table around your home; in fact, considering just how many shapes side tables come in today, it would be impossible for us to make a thorough list of the ways you could use a side table in your home! Their versatility is exactly what makes them fantastic furniture pieces.
The key to using side tables effectively is to remember that just like accessories in an outfit, they’re there to accent and spice up the home. Sure, your larger furniture pieces do most of the work, but your tables are what will add the finishing touches to a room’s look. That’s why they’re more than functional spaces: they’re also great places to put lovely decorations; alternatively, perhaps a painted table or a table covered with a significant, well designed covering could itself become a beautiful decoration.
Before purchasing a side table, though, be aware of where you plan on putting it. Just like when purchasing any piece of furniture, you want to have an idea of where a side table will go – and then you want to make sure any table you find fits; whether you plan on adding a table at the end of your couch, beneath your desk, in your bedroom, or anywhere else in your home, the table you select needs to be of an acceptable width and height. If you’re unsure about how to select a good side table for your living space, we recommend reading this article over for some more great ideas and pointers and ideas to help you start planning a new addition to your furnished home.
What do you think – do any of these ideas strike you as something you could try? Did we miss any good ideas? Let us know what you think in the comments!