What is considered an occasional table?

Unlike a kitchen or dining table, an occasional table is one that, you guessed it, you use only occasionally. Think of it as a piece you use when you’re lounging about or when company comes over. This includes end tables, cocktail tables, coffee tables, accent tables, sofa tables, console tables, etc.

What is an occasional table used for?

Uses of Occasional Tables Occasional tables are often used in living rooms. Placed next to a chair or a sofa, they are ideal for drinks, lamps, books and other items that are best if they are placed near to hand. An occasional table can be used in the hallway as a handy place to hold an entrance lamp and your keys.

Why is it called an occasional table?

Occasional tables are so named because they are tables with no officially designated use. Unlike dining tables or coffee tables, occasional tables are equally at home in any room within a home, and they work well on their own or as part of an ensemble of several furniture items.

What is the difference between an end table and a side table?

The main difference between end table and side table is that side tables typically have a larger surface area than end tables. A side table is a small table we usually place at the side of a room, or against a wall while an end table is a small table we place next to a chair or at the end of a sofa.

How high is a cocktail table?

The tall, bar height (standing) cocktail tables stand at 42″ while the short, standard height, table is at 30″.

What do you put on an occasional table?

5 Must-Haves for Your Side Table

  • Lighting. Shed some light on it.
  • Something to read. Take the books off the shelf and bring them into the room.
  • A Favorite Treasure. Put your favorite things on display.
  • A little ambiance.
  • A Basket or Dish.

How close should end tables be to sofa?

Here’s the rule: your end table should be within two inches of your sofa’s arm height. If your couch’s arm stands at just 18 inches, then, you’ll want a shorter end table (between 16-20 inches). Accordingly, taller couches require taller end tables.

What was coffee table before 1920?

The idea of a coffee table came from the need to put down your hot beverage between sips. These tables, called tea tables were tall at 27″ high, compared to today’s coffee tables at 18″-19″ high.

Did Victorians use coffee tables?

In Europe, the first tables specifically designed as and called coffee tables, appear to have been made in Britain during the late Victorian era.

How tall should a side table be next to a sofa?

Do my end tables have to match?

There is no law that says the style, shape or finish of your side tables has to match. In fact, we prefer a more mismatched, collected look. It adds depth and dimension — and a lot more personality. If you’ve inherited a pair of matching side tables, that’s okay, but go for a bit of contrast on the rest of the pieces.

How many people can a 30 inch cocktail table sit?

10-15 Guests A 36” round cocktail table or 30” round table can fit about 4-5 people.