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8 Dorm Room Layout Ideas for Single, Double, and Triple Dorms

For many college students, it has been a year of navigating non-stop changes and learning how to learn at home with family members around. Now finally, they can slowly and safely head back on to their university campuses. And for many students, that also means returning to college dorm life, where they’ll be sharing rooms with friends and classmates.

As much as dorm living is a rite of passage, so is decorating a dorm room. It’s about finding a dorm room layout that works for everyone in a small space. While most dorms come with the usual suspects of college furnishings (desk, twin XL bed, dresser, and a bookcase or dresser), there are endless ways to personalize and arrange the space so that it’s comfy to live, relax, study, and sleep in.

For some inspiration and guidance, in this special edition of our Layout Guides series, we’re breaking down the best dorm room layout ideas that do it all while making the most of a compact shared space with roommates. Read on to get our tips for designing a stylish and functional college dorm room for one, two, and three people.

Can’t decide on your dorm room furniture? Check out our roundup of dorm room decor ideas. Also see our studio apartment layout ideas for the best small-space tricks, along with our design tips for small apartments for more inspiration.

Single Dorm Room Layouts

If you manage to score a dorm room all to yourself, lucky you! While it’s all yours, these rooms are usually smaller so it’s just as important to maximize the space. Here are two layouts ideas to do just that!

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Single Layout #1: Classic Dorm Room For One

This typical college dorm room layout divides the space into two optimized sides: One with the bed and the other with a desk and dresser for function. It’s a setup that allows for maximum floor space while still leaving room for underbed storage and a nightstand that provides extra room for essentials.

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The Key Decor Elements

  • Storage boxes and lidded containers that can be neatly stowed away underbed is essential since you can’t hang or add any additional bookshelves.
  • A fuzzy rug is great for bringing in a touch of color, texture, and comfort. It will also help unify the separate sleep and work areas.
  • Draperies are often overlooked in college dorms, so hang some up yourself to add privacy and control the amount of daylight you get in the space—especially after those all-nighters!
  • For a single dorm room, personal touches, like plants and artwork you love, can make it feel more like your own studio apartment.

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Single Layout #2: A Live-Work Dorm Room for One

For a college dorm room with a slightly more grown-up feel, consider this layout, which has double the floor space and incorporates a small living corner. The lofted bed opens up the space in two ways: It allows for a desk and “study zone” to be created underneath the bed; and it frees up the rest of the room, making it possible to add a small seating area.

The Key Decor Elements

  • A lofted bed definitely has its pros and cons, but in a dorm room, it’s definitely worth the climb into bed every night if it means more overall space. Place it in a corner (versus floating it) to make your sleep space feel cozier up top.
  • Consider a sleeper loveseat instead of a sofa. It will come in handy when friends from study groups need to sleep over during midterms and finals.
  • Round out your seating area with moveable pieces: A small pouf, floor cushions, and a low table. They’ll complete the corner as a place for relaxing, studying, and hanging out.
  • Decorate your walls with art, garlands, and other hanging decor that reflect your personal style.

Double Dorm Room Layouts

These are the most common dorm room configurations. A dorm room for two people means double the furniture with almost the same space as a single room. Depending on how you and your roomy plan to use the space, here are some stylish and practical layouts to choose from.

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Double Layout #1: A Symmetrical Dorm Room Setup

The most popular (and practical) layout, this is the standard university dorm room for two people. It’s the perfect layout for dividing a space up evenly, so both roommates have their own sleep and work areas.

The Key Decor Elements

  • A patterned rug that extends across both beds not only adds comfort but it also helps define the sleep zone from the rest of the room.
  • Layering in luxurious accents, like a pouf and a cowhide rug can help make the space feel less like a college dorm room and more like a studio apartment.
  • Make existing furniture do double-duty, such as using a dresser for a shared nightstand between the beds and footing the beds with the desks to maximize space.
  • From paintings to colorful pillows, balance out the cookie-cutter college dorm room setup with small personal touches from each roommate to make it feel more homey.

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Double Layout #2: A Zoned Dorm Room For Two

For a more focused dorm room setup for two, try this layout that sections off each side of the room for a purpose. A bunk bed along one wall delineates the sleep zone, desks against the window serve as the study and work area, and the dressers lining another wall function as both storage and a display area. The result is a room with good flow that also still has lots of space.

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The Key Decor Elements

  • If provided the option by your college, a bunk bed can be a great space-saver that lets you and the roomie add a lounge corner dressing area, or a bookcase.A floor mirror can change the look in a dorm room instantly and give you a changing zone. Choose one with an eye-catching frame or design to offset the dormitory furniture.
  • Two dressers placed side-by-side makes for practical clothing storage while also providing a wide surface that’s perfect for all those college textbooks or setting up a TV.
  • An easy way to set apart each roomie’s space is to bring in distinctive pieces to your respective spaces, like different table lamps that reflect their respective styles.

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Double Layout #3: A Study-Optimized Shared Space

This approach is similar to the typical college dorm room layout for two, except this has lofted beds that provide more floor space. Now each roommate has a dedicated study nook under their beds, which they can use for storage or lounging—it’s up to them! This layout also makes the most use of every wall and corner, and every piece of furniture fits neatly into a spot while serving a function.

The Key Decor Elements

  • The lofted beds are arranged to face opposite directions, which helps to differentiate the two sides of the room. This setup brings a bit of visual interest to the layout.
  • A rattan hanging chair can make for a statement piece that introduces a new focus to the standard dorm room setup and it will also help even out all the wood furniture.
  • A pair of poufs and two layered rugs offer both visual balance and added comfort to both sides of the room. They ground the room and draw the eye to the center.
  • The nearly facing dressers at the end of the beds lets each roommate have their own storage area that can also double as a changing corner with two floor mirrors.

 

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Triple Dorm Room Layouts

For most university dorm arrangements, three is usually the max number of people in one room. It’s also the tightest use of space, so you have to really be considerate with your layout and furniture arrangements. Here are three layouts to help you set-up a three-person dorm room!

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Triple Dorm Layout #1: A Highly Personalized Setup

For the most space-saving approach, this lofted bed approach gives everyone their own study, storage, and sleep space. The lofted beds are placed in three corners of the room, freeing up the entire room for use. Here, the open space is turned into a seating area for everyone—or you float the sofa and set up a TV against the wall for a full entertainment area.

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The Key Decor Elements

  • With all the open floor space, there’s plenty of room to add in an extra storage cabinet or armoire where the sofa is to hold college sports equipment, laundry detergent for all, and other living supplies.
  • There’s lots of room between beds, which is perfect for adding a bookcase or, in this case, a cabinet with a coffee bar that makes for a mini kitchen counter.
  • The common area helps define the entire room, with the rug, futon sofa, and poufs being the central focus. This makes for an easy flow both visually and physically.

Triple Dorm Layout #2: A Sectioned Sleep-Work Space

This dorm room layout is all about smart division of space. The bunk bed functions as a room divider that also separates different desks and study areas. Similarly the single bed is separated from the entrance by the desk being used as a divider. This configuration also allows for the common seating area to get tucked away into a corner for a cozy hangout spot.

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The Key Decor Elements 

  • The mix of a single bed and a bunk bed means it’s actually trickier to make the space work. Using them as anchors along walls and as room dividers is the best way to make the most of these functional pieces in a room for three.
  • Make each dresser surface work, as a catchall, as a display area, and even as a coffee bar. It will make their freestanding arrangement feel less random and more purposeful.
  • With the space divided up into many zones, each area offers more privacy for each person, even the common area, where the futon can easily flip into a bed for friends!

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Triple Dorm Layout #3: A Free-Flow Arrangement

This one breaks out of the standard college dorm room the most. With a layout that feels more aesthetically and spatially balanced, this configuration has a more open concept living space vibe to it. Still, it does factor in all the college needs, with a stylish work area, a tucked away seating corner, and smartly positioned beds for comfortable TV watching.


The Key Decor Elements

  • The double desks flanking a dresser with the coffee bar is an efficient use of wall space that also creates a productive and functional office area.
  • With two lofted beds, a tall floor lamp, large painting, and other wall decor will help even out the focus of the room, drawing the eye up. It also balances out the height of the TV on top of a tall dresser.
  • More like the living room in a home shared by three good friends, the shared use of all the furniture, from the dressers to the desks, and the sofa, makes this a great layout for best friends or people who want to invest in a slightly more grown-up dorm room setup.

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Simply Marble-ous: How Modsy Designer, Karina L, Decorates Her Home With Marble

In the past couple of years, it’s been all the rage to decorate your home with natural materials. They add so much organic texture, which is the design antidote to all the straight lines and manufactured materials that are often prevalent in modern homes. And this past year, especially, biophilic design—an approach that’s all about bringing both direct and indirect experiences of nature into your home—has risen in popularity.

Most people, when they think of natural materials and nature-inspired decorating ideas, probably think of woven pieces like seagrass baskets, jute rugs, or rattan furniture. But many people forget that stone is considered a natural material as well. From marble and granite to soapstone and travertine, incorporating stone into your home adds an elevated elegance to your space.

One of our forever-favorite stone materials to decorate with is marble. It’s versatile, beautiful, and each marble piece is unique with its veining and coloring. So, today, let’s explore marble decor and the many ways you can incorporate marble into your home!

Meet Karina, Our Resident Marble Expert

As Modsy’s Senior Visual Stylist, Karina is a lover of all things marble. (She’s the visionary behind our Instagram account and designs many of our blog and social media images!) She has a beautifully styled home that we’re absolutely obsessed with. And she’s an avid collector of marble decor—her ever-growing collection of marble decorative objects is elegantly scattered throughout her home with impeccable style.

We chatted with her to get the scoop on why she loves decorating with marble and how she brings this material to life in her own home. Read on for all of her tips and insights—then shop some of her favorite marble home decor!

How would you describe your personal style?

“In my home, I try to create a space that feels pulled together but livable and laid back. In Modsy terms, my style would be “Discerning Collector”—a mix of minimalist and eclectic styles. That’s because I love collected and unique pieces, but I’m definitely a minimalist in terms of color. In general, I keep my color palette neutral and I prefer using texture instead of color to add depth to my space. I also love natural materials and use them as the ornamentation in my space—where the texture or finish of a material itself adds the visual intrigue and nuance to a room.”

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Why do you like decorating with marble?

“On a basic level, I just love the look of marble. But, more specifically, I appreciate the visual contrast it brings into a space, the uniqueness of each marble piece, and the level of craftsmanship that goes into creating a piece of marble decor.

“For example, I have a glass bar cart, and I always have a marble bowl or tray on one of the shelves to add more visual depth and contrast to the styling. And I use that same principle throughout my home, layering marble trays on my countertops and wooden surfaces for extra visual contrast.

“With real marble, the veining means that no two marble pieces are the same. The variegated veining gives each marble piece a unique look, which I love. That’s where the “material as ornament” comes into play.

“And, as a designer, I really appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into making pieces out of marble. Marble is a really tough material to work with; it requires a lot of attention and skill to make decor and furniture out of marble (which is generally why it’s a more expensive material). I have so much respect for how these pieces are made—and I love bringing that craftsmanship into my home.”

In what ways do you incorporate marble accents in your own home?

“As an apartment-dweller, I can’t have any big moments of marble, like marble countertops or backsplashes. So, adding pieces of marble decor helps me have moments of marble today, where I’d like to have larger pieces of this material in my home in the future. So, instead of marble countertops, I have a marble tray next to the stove that houses utensils and cooking oils. I also have a marble coffee table in my living room, which is a nice way to have a larger marble surface in my home, in a more renter-friendly way.

“I also love dispersing marble trays and catchalls throughout different areas of my home. On my desk, which is burl wood, I have a marble tray as a surface for a candle and my glass of water. Since burl wood is more sensitive than other wood, I use the tray not only for visual interest but also to protect the wood. I have a marble dish for jewelry on my nightstand, and marble pieces on my bar cart, as I already mentioned. I also tend to set candles on top of marble dishes throughout my home to create more visual depth in my surface styling.”

What other materials (natural or manufactured) go well with marble?

“Marble goes well with so many different materials. It’s going to look good with most wood pieces and finishes. Just pay attention to the tones in the marble; say the marble you have has bluish undertones; if that’s the case, consider pairing it with a warmer wood to offset those tones! However, my favorite wood tones and finishes to pair with marble are lighter woods or burl wood. Both marble and burl wood bring to life that concept of “material as ornament,” so I love mixing them together!

“I also love pairing marble decor with vintage crystal—like layering a little dish of cut crystal on a marble tray. The crystal adds shine to the porousness of marble, but it’s see-through so you can still see the beauty of the stone, just a bit abstracted.

“A trendier approach would be to mix marble with metallic accents like copper or brass. But, personally, I prefer solid marble pieces, which feel more timeless. For me, simple is best. I think solid marble is so beautiful and a work of art on its own, without any additional embellishments.

“One thing I’d avoid mixing marble with in your decor is other stones, like granite. They’re too alike and will visually clash.”

Are there specific design styles that marble accents go particularly well with?

“Marble goes with every style. It’s so versatile! But I especially like it with styles that have vintage elements or those that feel layered and eclectic.”

Any tips for incorporating marble accents into your home’s decor?

“Start by looking at the areas of your home that you need the most decor. If it’s your surfaces, like coffee and side tables or consoles and dressers, add pieces like a marble tray layered with coasters, candles, and a small decorative object. You could also layer marble sculptures on shelves with other decor to add depth and dimension.

“If you want to add a bit of decor to your kitchen, there are some great marble kitchen decor pieces out there, like utensil crocks or a marble mortar and pestle. And with its beauty, marble is perfect for displaying things. So, marble cake stands, trays, and serving dishes are another way to incorporate this material into your decor. You can use them for serving, but they also make beautiful display pieces when not in use! And stores like West Elm and CB2 have marble bathroom decor collections if you want some marble in that space!

“Personally, I think a marble tray is one of the most timeless ways to bring small moments of marble into your decor. It’s a transitional piece that can be moved around and the way you style it can change as your personal style evolves.

“When looking for marble home decor, I just recommend reading the reviews on specific products! This will help you know if they’re made well or fall apart easily, how heavy they are, and help you make a more informed decision!”

Anything to avoid or be aware of when decorating with marble?

“Marble is a very sensitive material, so you  just want to be careful when placing things on top of it. Since it’s rather porous, marble easily absorbs liquids and can get stained. However, today most marble surfaces, like what you’d find on a coffee table or bistro table, are manufactured with a protective layer so you don’t have to worry about it as much. Just be sure to wipe up any spills right away!

“But also, part of the beauty of marble is that it ages and develops a patina over time, in the same way that leather does. So, a little wear and tear won’t ruin marble—it will just give it more depth over time.”

What are your thoughts on black vs white marble decor?

“Marble comes in all different colors—from white and black to pink and green. White marble is my personal favorite, but black marble is also really beautiful. It’s all about your personal preference and where you’re placing it. Different colors of marble simply add different character to your space. Dark marble adds more drama and is a bit more glamorous. So, if that’s your vibe, go for black marble! You can also find white marble with a lot of dark veining, which gives you the best of both black and white marble decor.”

How to Style with Marble Decor

Want to shop some of Karina’s favorite marble decorative objects and furniture—plus get some inspiration on how you can incorporate marble into your home? Read on for top picks! (Including some more affordable decorative options using marble!)

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Marble Shelves

Marble shelves add instant glam to any wall space (especially when paired with brass brackets). Hang this marble wall decor above a workspace or over a piece of furniture to add some stylish surface space to display decorative objects. (Bonus: marble shelves are also super durable!)

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Marble Coffee Tables

A marble coffee table is a great way to add a larger marble statement to a living area. Solid marble coffee tables will make quite a statement—and are super sturdy—whereas a marble-top coffee table with wooden or metal legs will look nice but blend in with your overall room design a bit more. And remember—the amount of marble on the table (if it’s just the top or if the table is solid marble), will help determine the price point and how much of an investment piece it will be.

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Marble Bowls

Marble bowls are both stylish and practical. You can place them on almost any surface to corral objects like keys, jewelry, and candles. But they can also sit empty, since they’re a decorative object all on their own. And marble bowls aren’t style-specific—they can go with a wide range of interior design styles!

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Marble Desks

A marble-top desk is an absolutely timeless piece of furniture. And because of this material’s versatility, marble-top desks can be made in so many different styles. A marble desktop can be paired with a base or legs made of stone, metal or wood, each of which will give the desk a different look. But whatever the style, this type of piece offers a crisp, bright, and clean surface to work on!

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Marble Kitchen Decor

Love the look of marble countertops but live in a rental? Bring in marble kitchen accessories instead—from marble utensil holders to marble cookbook holders, cake stands, or a mortar and pestle.

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Marble Bar Carts

The clean, smooth surface of marble makes it a beautiful material for a bar cart. It instantly elevates your drink-mixing station, creating a timeless look that pairs well with any style of decor and bottles you put on it.

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Marble Bookends

Add instant style and sophistication to your bookcase with marble bookends! Marble is actually a perfect, practical material for a bookend, since they’re so heavy. We love a good mix of practicality and style!

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Marble Side Tables

Solid marble side tables can add a bold, dramatic touch to your living room. An accent piece like this is a great way to introduce marble into your space. And, since marble comes in so many different colors and tones, you can choose a colorway that suits the rest of your room!

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Marble Trays

Marble trays come in many styles and sizes and are one of the easiest, most timeless ways to incorporate a pop of marble into your space! They’re perfect for corralling small items on a tabletop while also protecting table surfaces. We love layering them with a candle, vase, book, or small decorative object—or a mix of all four!

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Marble Console Tables or Credenzas

Marble-top consoles and credenzas are very stylish and add a sleek look anywhere they’re placed. We love them in dining rooms, entryways, and as media stands in living or family rooms. It’s a subtle way to add a bit more polish to any room. Most marble-top consoles and credenzas have wooden bodies—but you’ll also find them made of lacquer or another sleek material that complements the marble.

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Marble Lamps

Marble accents on a lamp adds a classic touch to even the most modern lamp style. But you can find lamps with marble elements in all styles of lamps. Most often, the marble part of the lamp is the base, which makes for a very sturdy light. But you can also find lamps with a marble body or even shade!

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Marble End Tables

Marble end tables are a chic way to add marble to a seating area. Most marble accent tables are just marble-topped, which will always be classic. But it’s the base that can give the table its style direction—a brass base is more glam while a wood base leans more contemporary.

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Marble Bistro Tables

A marble-top bistro table is a great way to add marble to an eating area without spending too much money. Bistro tables, especially those with marble tops and iron bases, have that lovely Parisian cafe vibe—giving your dining space or porch a classic, timeless vibe.

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Marble Canisters

Marble canisters can be both functional and decorative—and they’re also sturdy and will last a long time if well taken care of. When placed on a console or credenza, they can conceal matches, remotes, or even dog treats! Whatever you want out of sight but within reach.

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Marble C-Tables

C-tables are practical and multifunctional. Opting for a marble-topped style adds a classic touch, while offering a sturdy surface for drinks, books, or a laptop.

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Marble Nightstands

A nightstand with a marble top is a classic way to add marble to the bedroom without it feeling too cold. The polished tops brighten up a bedroom, but, like other marble-topped tables, the base of the material will have a big impact on the style—with a metal base leaning more glam or modern while a wooden base will lean more traditional or rustic. Regardless, marble-top nightstand offer a beautiful surface to layer lamps and meaningful decor, as well as phones, books, and water glasses.

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Marble Dining Tables

Looking to make a big statement with marble? Go for a solid marble dining table. A piece like this adds a very modern and elegant look and is typically the boldest piece in the room. After all, marble is a material that demands attention! We love that marble tables can go well with any color scheme. But just remember—solid marble tables are a major investment!

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Marble Kitchen Islands

A kitchen island can offer extra prep space, as well as adding seating and a place to gather in a kitchen. Marble-top islands give you the perfect way to inject some marble into your kitchen without going for marble on all your countertops! (The perfect way to get the look for a little less money!)

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Meet The Brand: Dash & Albert

Our digital catalog features an ever-growing roster of new Modsy brands, ranging from your favorite retailers to up-and-coming designers to brands that are hard to come by. In our Modsy Brand Spotlights, we’re constantly shining a spotlight on some of the stylish and affordable brands you find in your 3D designs.

Next in our lineup: Dash & Albert!

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Meet The Brand: Dash & Albert

Founded more than 15 years ago, Dash & Albert is one of the most popular go-to brands for a wide variety of beautiful rugs. They carry rug designs in many different weaves and materials, including wool, cotton and indoor-outdoor. Moreover, each rug is handcrafted in India by skilled artisans using fair labor practices.

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What They’re Known For

Dash & Albert’s rugs are coveted for their high-quality materials and construction and also their affordable price tags (you definitely get far more for your money here!) Most notably, their natural-fiber rugs are favored for their durable and long-lasting qualities.

The brand has long been a household name in design and is a favorite resource for interior designers. They’ve even collaborated with top designers, like Bunny Williams, on capsule collections that are both stylish, thoughtfully designed, and reasonably priced.

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Why We Love Them

Like many designers and design lovers, we can always count on Dash & Albert to have the best quality rugs at the best prices. We also love that they use natural materials for many of their rugs, and every one is hand-loomed in fair-trade manufacturing plants in India.

Dash & Albert also offers a wide selection of timeless rug styles, from patterned natural fibers to flatweaves with geometric and modern designs. Which means you’re guaranteed to find a rug to suit your style and home—whether you live in an urban loft or a coastal family home.

Need help finding a rug but don’t know where to start? Get our tips on how to choose a rug and check out our in-depth guides on wool rugs, natural fiber rugs, and indoor-outdoor rugs!

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Designer Picks: The Best Benches for The End of Your Bed

Whether you’re designing your bedroom from scratch or refreshing it with a new look, a bench at the end of the bed is one of our top bedroom essentials. Stylistically, an end of bed bench is a luxurious finishing accent. It adds a polished look to your bed and bedroom, and it also provides a seat for putting on and taking off shoes as well as a surface for holding any extra pillows and blankets at night.

However, with so many bedroom bench options available, it can get overwhelming when shopping for one that meets your style and needs. Do you go with an upholstered bench or one of the more practical storage benches? Or should you pick a pair of stools or ottomans instead? What are bench sizes that work with queen beds?

Bench dimensions in relation to your bed size is key. (For the record, a queen bed should be paired with a bench that’s about 45” wide, and 60-65” wide for a king. And there should be 6”-8” of bed on both ends of the bench.) Additionally, your bench should be the same height as, or lower (not higher) than, your bed.

To help you find the right size bench for your bed, we’ve devised this handy bench to bed frame size guide, along with a roundup of our designers’ favorite benches below.

The Best End of Bed Bench Size for Each Mattress Size

  • Full Size Beds = 46” max
  • Queen Size Beds = 48” max
  • King Size Beds = 64” max
  • California King Beds = 60” max

Keep reading to see our designers’ top picks for end of bed benches in every style.

Best Wood Benches

Wood benches go with any style space or furniture. They’re a reliable option for an end of bed bench that’s long-lasting, easy to clean, and simple to style up with pillows, throws, and accents.

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Saige Mid-Century Bench, Greenville

Why We Love It: Simple, polished, and airy, this modern bench adds practical seating without being bulky. The rich walnut wood tone adds instant warmth and pairs nicely with many different palettes, while the open base provides lots of extra storage room for baskets and boxes underneath.

Perfect for… Modern and contemporary bedrooms with a neutral palette.

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Sango Bench, Noir

Why We Love It: The unique design of this bench makes it a sculptural statement in any bedroom. Substantial in size, this bench provides both bold form and practical function with its three separate seats. The honey-tone munggur wood also adds a touch of natural beauty and warmth.

Perfect for… Neo-traditional style bedrooms with a mix of classic-trad and modern elements.

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Dakota Bench, Crate & Barrel

Why We Love It: This clean-lined bench has a perfectly minimalist look. It adds practical function without taking up room both physically and visually. The neutral ashy wood tone also works well with other neutrals, making it easy to mix with any style furniture or space.

Perfect for… Minimalists and contemporary bedrooms with lots of organic and neutral designs.

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Callie Woven Bench, Hyde Park

Why We Love It: With its woven seat, this bench brings a bold eclectic look to the bedroom. The two-tone hues and woven texture add visual interest, and they make the bench stand out alongside natural-wood pieces. Mix it with other colorful textural accents, like a sheepskin rug or kilim pouf.

Perfect for… Rustic, eclectic, and boho style rooms with a mix of chic, colorful, and organic designs.

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Best Upholstered Benches for Bedrooms

Plush upholstered benches offer the greatest range of style options, from solid colors to patterned designs. They’re luxe end of bed benches that add major warmth, texture, and color.

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Cavett Leather Bench, Crate & Barrel

Why We Love It: A classic Mid-century style bench with a neutral color palette, it’s a polished and plush addition to the foot of any bed. The upholstered leather top adds a cool industrial vibe and is also easy-to-clean. It’s a great investment piece since leather is durable and ages nicely over time.

Perfect for… Any modern bedrooms with a Mid-Century style furniture mix.

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Channel Velvet Bench, Crate & Barrel

Why We Love It: Topped with a bold-green velvet seat, this clean-lined bench adds a modern and glamorous look to a queen bed. The soft velvet makes it a great end of bed bench that can do double-duty as a reading seat or a catchall for clothes and pillows. It also pairs nicely with other green accents for a lush and calming look.

Perfect for… Glamorous and nature-inspired bedrooms with lots of botanical and green elements.

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Sweden Bench, Noir

Why We Love It: With its natural wood, cream fabric upholstery, and nailheads, this bench has a timeless antiqued look that easily works with a wide range of color palettes. The open rectangular design is classic and elegant, and it’s substantial in size so it’s best suited for a large bedroom.

Perfect for… Rustic and transitional style spaces with lots of natural wood bedroom furniture.

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Terrace Bench, Vivid Arts

Why We Love It: The turned brass legs give this bench a majorly glam form. Paired with a pink patterned seat top, this bench is at once chic, colorful, and compact so you can easily pull it into a large or small bedroom. It’s the perfect fun companion to any size bed.

Perfect for… Glam, Mid-Century, or even eclectic style rooms that have lots of warm pops of color.

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Dechlan Bench, Scout Home

Why We Love It: Light and airy, this x-framed bench from Scout Home is a stylish addition to any traditional or rustic bedroom. The neutral upholstered seat, silver nailheads, and warm-wood frame make it versatile and easy to work into any color scheme. Try mixing it with other traditional wood and metal accents.

Perfect for… Traditional and rustic interiors with sleek lighting, luxe accents, and rich woods.

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Lucas Long Leather Bench, Global Views

Why We Love It: A Mid-century style bench with a balanced shape. You get the best of all worlds with the angular carved wood frame and sumptuous white-leather upholstered seat. It adds a sculptural look at the end of a bed or it’s equally stylish and bold set against a wall along the bed.

Perfect for… Minimalists who love the Scandinavinan-inspired Mid-Century look.

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Acrylic & Velvet Bench, CB2

Why We Love It: It doesn’t get more glam and chic than an acrylic bench topped with a plush velvet seat. The acrylic base gives the bench a visually minimal look that makes it practical in smaller rooms, and the clear frame also makes it a piece that can be easily paired with any size or style bed.

Perfect for…  Mid-Century lovers who also love a glam, modern touch in their decor.

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Goat Leather Bench, Precita Home

Why We Love It: A stylish combination of rustic ribbed leather with tapered modern wood legs, this compact bench packs a bold look at the end of a bed. The warm wood tone and tan-leather is a great way to add a pop of color and texture to a neutral bed and white bedding.

Perfect for… Modern rustic bedrooms anchored in earth tones, organic wood, and light fabrics.

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Leather Director’s Bench, CB2

Why We Love It: The smooth leather seat with an old-school collapsing X-frame bench makes this a compact and convenient seat at the foot of any bed. The leather-and-metal combination and the hand-assembled and sewn aspect of the bench also gives it a cool industrial vibe.

Perfect for… Rustic and industrial style rooms with a mix of simple designs and natural materials.

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Pax Bench, Crate & Barrel

Why We Love It: A stylish classic bench with a clean-lined frame that’s made extra-bold with a striped upholstered seat. The striped fabric adds visual interest to a bedroom without coming off as too colorful, while the mango-wood frame offers a touch of warmth.

Perfect for… Neutral palette rooms and modern bedrooms with clean-lined furniture and decor.

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Arlo Bench, Nuevo

Why We Love It: A chic bench featuring walnut wood and charcoal tufted upholstery, this is classic Mid-Century style at its finest. Anchor the foot of a bed with this bench to add bold texture and a sumptuous place to sit, lay down a tray, or to hold extra clothes and pillows.

Perfect for… Modern or traditional bedroom with lots of neutral upholstery and textile accents.

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Aliser Double Bench, Ludlow Living

Why We Love It: This durable woven rattan bench brings a tropical-inspired look to the bedroom. At the foot of the bed, it’s a bedroom seating area all on its own, with its plush removable cushion and settee-like arms. It’s a sumptuous bench that’s not heavy looking thanks to the open woven rattan.

Perfect for… Eclectic, boho, and coastal style bedrooms and spaces with kids and pets.

 

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Mid-Century Wing Bench, Nyla Home

Why We Love It: With tapered legs, a tufted seat cushion, and winged sides, this curvy Mid-Century style bench brings an elevated look to any bedroom. It’s a great bench to balance out a more classic wood bed and it will instantly brighten a room with a crisp, design-forward look and feel.

Perfect for… Mid-century style and minimalist rooms with simple wood pieces and graphic accents.

Best End of the Bed Storage Benches

These seats have hidden storage compartments and provide the best bedroom storage. As an end of bed bench, you can stow blankets and linens out of sight but always within easy reach.

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Sydney Trunk, Scout Home

Why We Love It: This leather bench has the sleek look of an industrial Mid-Century seat but comes with added hidden storage that makes it a stylish storage essential for the bedroom. It’s low-maintenance given the leather upholstery and the blue hue makes it easy to mix into any space.

Perfect for… Spacious modern rooms that can fit larger bedroom benches and clean-lined pieces.

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Clutch Bench, CB2

Why We Love It: Plush and substantial in size, this chic storage bench in blush upholstery is sure to be a showstopper at the foot of any bed. The top lifts off to reveal a deep cavity that’s perfect for storing bedding, pillows, purses, shoes, and other clothing. The blush also blends beautifully with other color palettes—it isn’t too bold or too subdued and works perfectly as a neutral.

Perfect for… A large bedroom of any style, from minimalist to eclectic and Mid-Century.

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Lorraine Storage Bench, Pottery Barn

Why We Love It: This is as classic as storage benches get. It comes with a tufted cushion top, clean-lined design, traditional wood feet, and a deep hidden compartment inside. The cream upholstery is the perfect neutral for mixing with any color scheme and the substantial size of the bench makes it super practical as a seat and storage piece.

Perfect for… Traditional and rustic rooms with a king size bed, which works best with this bench.

Best End of the Bed Stools

The most versatile end of bed bench option, stools are great if you want pieces that are small-space friendly. They’re easy to move around and usually work best in pairs.

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Malibu Accent Stool, Pottery Barn

Why We Love It: These rustic stools come with natural wood frames and woven jute seats that give them an organic warmth. At the end of a bed, these bedroom benches add an earthy vibe and make for convenient surfaces for clothes and books. Try two placed side-by-side for a balanced look.

Perfect for… Boho and modern eclectic bedrooms outfitted with lots of natural textures and accents.

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Leather Stool, Baylin

Why We Love It: The industrial X-frame in dark metal and warm-leather sling seats make these chic stools for in and out of the bedroom. At the foot of the bed, a pair instantly adds a sleek modern look. Lightweight and easy to fold away, they’re also ideal bench options for small bedrooms.

Perfect for… Modern, industrial, and rustic style rooms where bold materials are the spotlight.

Best Ottomans for the End of the Bed

For something more substantial than stools and benches, ottomans are the way to go. Spacious, kid-friendly, and made for lounging, ottomans can make for a great end of bed bench that’s chic, durable, and long-lasting for years to come.

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Lounge Deep Storage Ottoman, Crate & Barrel

Why We Love It: A classic and simple ottoman with a deep storage compartment inside, this substantial piece adds a clean-lined and crisp look to the foot of any bed. The neutral upholstery works in any space, and hidden casters let you move it as needed.

Perfect for… Spacious modern minimalist rooms large enough to fit a king sized bed, which works best proportionally with this ottoman.

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Pacey Leather Ottoman, Jofran

Why We Love It: With a clean-lined metal base and a tufted leather top, this industrial-style ottoman adds instant statement style and warmth to a bed. The dark hues of the bench work with a range of color palettes and schemes, and the open base offers extra storage for boxes, bins, and baskets.

Perfect for… Modern rustic spaces with a mix of industrial and contemporary furnishings.

Best End of Bed Trunks

Trunks have been used in bedrooms for centuries. They offer more storage than benches and a trunk or chest generally has a versatile design that’s easy to mix with furnishings in various styles. As an end of bed bench, they’re durable, timeless, and unexpected.

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Maynard Trunk, C2C Home

Why We Love It: Equal parts classic and rustic, this natural wood trunk with metal details brings a vintage-inspired look to the bedroom. It can work with a range of color palettes, from light and airy to rich and warm, and it offers tons of interior storage that makes it a timeless and practical piece.

Perfect for… Traditional and modern bedrooms with lots of natural textures and vintage accents.

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Acacia Trunk, CB2

Why We Love It: For a sleek modern trunk, this clean-lined trunk made with richly hued acacia wood is a chic update of classic old chests. It adds warmth to a bedroom without feeling too bold, and it blends seamlessly with other wood and modern furnishings as well as high-contrast accents.

Perfect for… Modern, minimalist, and rustic rooms that have a good mix of contemporary designs.

Best End of Bed Poufs

Soft, versatile, and easy to maneuver, poufs are perfect benches for small spaces. A pair is the easiest (and most affordable) way to create an end of bed bench that adds color, pattern, and texture. There are also endless pouf options, so you’re sure to find ones that match your style.

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Nautical Pouf, Precita Home

Why We Love It: You can’t go wrong with poufs in classic blue-and-white stripes. A pair of these nautical-style poufs will bring a relaxed and airy look to the foot of your bed and the simple cube shape makes it easy to move around and decorate with other laid-back furnishings.

Perfect for… Rustic, coastal, and traditional bedrooms with a mix of white-washed and relaxed furnishings.

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The 20 Best Ottomans to Use as a Coffee Table

The coffee table is a living room essential. But if you’re looking for something a little more unexpected in style, there are plenty of coffee table alternatives. One of our favorites is the ottoman coffee table, which is exactly what it sounds like. It’s an ottoman (or two!) that you can use to hold trays, put your feet up on, or even lay out an entire cocktail spread.

There are many ottoman coffee table styles you can choose from—be it one with built in storage or a pair of round ottomans that function like nesting tables. So no matter your style or preference, you’re certain to find an ottoman that suits your style and needs.

But first things first, here are some basic questions and things to know if you’re considering an ottoman coffee table:

Can I use an ottoman as a coffee table?

Yes! It’s great for a home with kids, especially ottomans with rounded edges and upholstered tops, which are more child-friendly. As a coffee table, ottomans can also double as a comfy footrest while adding a casual feel in family and TV rooms.

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What are some things to look for in an ottoman coffee table?

Storage

It can be built in storage, like the top of an ottoman that lifts off to reveal a storage compartment, or it could be a lower compartment under the ottoman that’s like open shelving. Some ottomans have drawers built in as well. No matter the style, storage ottomans are great if you live in a home with kids or pets to keep things organized and hidden.

Material

If your ottoman is going to come in contact with energetic kids and pets, you’ll want to pick one made with durable materials. If it’s upholstered, the fabric material should be high performance and easy-to-clean. A darker or patterned upholstery material is also a good option for busy households since they can conceal wears and stains better.

Size and Shape

This depends on the size of your space and the furniture around your ottoman. Just like a coffee table, you want it to be proportional to your sofa or sectional while leaving at least 12” of walking space in between. Because of that, sometimes round ottomans that allow more room all around it work better with a sectional sofa.

What about casters?

They make it easy to move the ottoman around, so it’s great for a living room where you regularly need to free up floor space to play with your kids or exercise. Plus, ottomans can be heavy depending on its style, so one with casters makes it more versatile and moveable as a foot rest.

Do I have to use a tray on top of my ottoman?

It’s totally up to you—but we’re fans of trays! Since the top of the ottoman isn’t always level or hard enough to set drinks on, a tray can help. A deep tray also gives you a bit of stability to add plates and drinks, or you can use one to set out decor, like candles, vases, and books. Plus a tray can be great for keeping remotes and chargers all in one place while still within easy reach. You can also add a tray with handles so you can easily move it on and off the ottoman as needed.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of our stylist’s picks for the best ottomans to use as coffee tables. Scroll to see some of our favorite and most popular ottoman styles!

Designing your living room and want some more furniture ideas? Take a look at our living room furniture checklist, and also see some of our favorite living room storage ideas.

Our Designers’ Top Ottoman Coffee Table Picks:

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Essex Ottoman, Serena & Lily

Style: Classic Traditional

Why We Love It: It’s a timeless ottoman design. The tufted top and spindle wood legs on casters make it a comfy, kid-friendly piece, and easy to move. It also works in any style room.

Keep in Mind: It’s versatile in style but it works best in formal living and sitting rooms.

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Hingham Ottoman, Scout Home

Style: Laid-Back Global

Why We Love It: The square ‘cube’ shape makes it a great footrest and the caning adds a nice textural touch. Bunch two together (aka. put them side-by-side) for a larger combined ottoman.

Keep in Mind: It’s more decorative than multifunctional and best for a home without kids or pets

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Large White Hide Ottoman, Jamie Young

Style: Modern Rustic

Why We Love It: The clean-lined square form, the natural hide leather, and the detailed stitching all make this ottoman an instant statement piece in any living room.

Keep in Mind: Hide leather needs special care, so top it with a tray to prevent spills and stains.

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Malibu Woven Ottoman, Pottery Barn

Style: Classic Coastal

Why We Love It: Relaxed and versatile, this open-base ottoman with a woven rattan top is lightweight and airy but also soft and durable. Mix it with white upholstery for a chic coastal vibe.

Keep in Mind: Because it’s made with woven rattan, use it with trays to extend its longevity.

 

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Indigo/Ivory Pouf, Loloi

Style: Casual Modern

Why We Love It: These plush ottomans bring a beautiful artisanal touch with its hand-dyed shibori pattern. They’re also comfy and easy to move, and totally kid-friendly coffee table.

Keep in Mind: Like poufs, two is better than one and they work best when placed side-by-side.

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Tufty Ottoman in Mulberry, Nuevo

Style: City Glam

Why We Love It: Upholstered in tufted velvet, this ottoman makes for a luxe coffee table that brings rich texture, vivid color, and a bold glamorous look to rooms. It’s a forever chic option.

Keep in Mind: Velvet can be expensive, so choose a darker velvet which will help hide stains.

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Dallas Round Ottoman, Nyla Home

Style: Contemporary Cool

Why We Love It: The round ottomans have a fun cylindrical shape, tufted leather, and wood tops that lift open to reveal hidden storage. A pair will fit seamlessly into a modern living room. Keep in Mind: The round shape and hidden storage make them perfect for small living spaces.

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Lounge Storage Ottoman, Crate & Barrel

Style: Laid-Back Cool

Why We Love It: Designed with a built-in storage compartment and upholstered on all sides, this streamlined ottoman is a versatile option that can be mixed with any style furniture.

Keep in Mind: If you’re keen on practicality, this piece is kid-friendly and great for family rooms.

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Seagrass Striped Ottoman, Precita Home

Style:  Coastal Boho

Why We Love It: Like a soft, textured pouf, this rounded ottoman wrapped in jute is durable and can work for both indoor and outdoor spaces while also holding up to kids and pets.

Keep in Mind: Rounded ottomans leave walking room all around, so it’s great for small spaces.

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Lyle Leather Ottoman, Joybird

Style: Clean-Lined Rustic

Why We Love It: Lightweight and easy to slide around, this leather ottoman is soft like a pouf while still being durable and strong. It’s a stylish choice for a slightly more formal family room.

Keep in Mind: Leather is durable and will age over time, so it’s a worthwhile investment piece.

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Martin Leather Ottoman, Pottery Barn

Style: Farmhouse Traditional

Why We Love It: A classic ottoman in dark leather with a tufted top, spindle wood legs, and nailheads, this piece is equal parts rustic and elevated. We love it in a traditional or rustic room.

Keep in Mind: It’s a good investment piece that’s substantial in size and built to last for years.

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Caden Square Ottoman, Pottery Barn

Style: Contemporary Rustic

Why We Love It: With a large open shelf underneath for extra storage, this ottoman made from natural wood with a leather top will instantly add a rugged sense of style to any modern room. Keep in Mind: While it’s durable, be sure to add a tray to protect the leather top.

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Rug-Printed Folkthread Ottoman, Anthropologie

Style: Modern Eclectic

Why We Love It: If you’re looking for an ottoman coffee table with a pop of color, pattern, and texture, this one has it all. It’s a statement piece that will instantly add eclectic style to a room.

Keep in Mind: It’s a decorative piece, so keep it clear of trays and clutter to let it shine!

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Upholstered Ottoman Table, Ashby Home

Style: Formal Rustic Trad

Why We Love It: A large ottoman with a refined look, it has a wood frame adds durability and an upholstered tufted top makes for a soft surface. The storage shelf base is a major bonus!

Keep in Mind: With so much storage underneath, use it for baskets, books, boxes and more!

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Dover Modular Ottoman, Hyde Park

Style: Simple Modern Chic

Why We Love It: Made with stain-resistant fabric and a spring-cushioned top, this ottoman is more durable and versatile than it looks. It’s a chic coffee table and footrest for a family home.

Keep in Mind: Although it’s all white, it repels spills and stains so it’s super kid- and pet-friendly.

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Pacey Archive Leather Ottoman, Jofran

Style: Modern Industrial

Why We Love It: Long and narrow like a bench, this leather-topped ottoman is the perfect coffee table height next to any sofa. The metal base also gives it a cool industrial edge we love.

Keep in Mind: The open base feels airy while also making room for storage underneath. Use it!

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Wells Leather Ottoman, Crate & Barrel

Style: Contemporary Industrial

Why We Love It: A superb footrest, this ottoman has a soft pillow top with slender legs that give it a modern-cool vibe. It’s a streamlined piece that works well with contemporary upholstery.

Keep in Mind: It’s a smaller ottoman so it’s a chic multifunctional piece for compact apartments.

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Comfort Slipcovered Storage Ottoman, Pottery Barn

Style: Classic Ease

Why We Love It: Any slipcovered ottoman is a workhorse in our book. This one comes with a top that lifts straight off to reveal storage inside for books, games, throw blankets, and more!

Keep in Mind: Slipcovers can be washed, so it’s a great polished piece for a home with kids.

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Finley Square Ottoman, Joybird

Style: Modern Glam

Why We Love It: It doesn’t get more glamorous than this large ottoman with a sleek x-base metal frame and a plush tufted leather top. It makes for a chic addition in sitting rooms.

Keep in Mind: While it’s durable, the design is a bit precious so it’s best in a home without kids.

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Olean Khaki/Navy Pouf, Tanjore

Style: Mid-Century Rustic

Why We Love It: Nothing beats practical, lightweight, and versatile ottoman poufs for easy accent pieces. Pair two together as a coffee table or use each one as a footrest.

Keep in Mind: Chic small-space ottomans, stow them under consoles or in corners as needed.

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Lighting Buying Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Choosing Lighting for Your Space

We’re big believers in layered lighting here at Modsy. When you have more than one light source in a room, it gives you more control over how your space feels. You might want to throw open your blinds in the morning and let in all the natural light. But if you’re working from home, you may also need a task light by your desk. As the day turns into evening and the sunlight fades, it’s helpful to be able to turn on an overhead light if you’re working on a project or opt for floor and table lamps if you want a softer, moodier glow.

Essentially, the right lighting helps you set the mood and tone you want. That’s why lighting is essential in all of our room checklists and interior design buying guides. You might find yourself feeling a little grumpy if your bedroom only has one bright overhead light. While this is a great lighting option during the day, it will seem harsh when you’re trying to cozy up in bed with a book. That’s when you want a bedside lamp or sconce, for a softer and more directional lighting option. (Plus, when you have a lamp by your bed, you don’t have to get out of bed to turn off the light!)

What we’re saying is: good, layered lighting makes all the difference when it comes to setting a vibe in your home. And, as we enter winter and the days grow shorter (AKA it gets darker earlier) it’s so important to have the best lamps and be able to make your lighting work for you. No one wants to just have an overhead light on all through a long winter evening!

So, to help you get your lighting right in your home, we’ve put together a lighting buying guide full of everything you need to know about choosing lighting for your home.

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Types of Lighting

There are five main types of lighting that all work together to create a well-lit home. You certainly don’t have to use all five in each room of your home—but having a couple different light sources in each space will allow you to layer your lighting and change light sources throughout the day.

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Natural Lighting

Natural lighting is all the—you guessed it—natural light that comes in through your windows. Good natural lighting might mean you can skip other light sources during peak sunlight hours. You can use curtains to soften and diffuse natural light, and you can use mirrors to reflect natural light and brighten up a room or make it seem larger. Some benefits of natural lighting? It shows the truest colors in your interior and can boost your mood, making your environment feel more appealing.

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Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting, also known as general lighting, is the overhead lighting in a room. It’s the perfect option for when you need an entire room to be lit—like when you’re cooking in the kitchen, doing chores around the house, or working on a craft. But ambient lighting can feel intense at night. Adding a dimmer switch is a great way to have the option of softening overhead lighting.

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Task Lighting

Task lighting, or reading lighting, creates a focused area of light in a room. Typically, this type of lamp will have a swivel head with more of a spotlight-type shade which allows for smaller, more concentrated light. (AKA, the light doesn’t disperse in all directions but is pointedly focused where you need it.) It’s just the thing for studying, working, reading, or when working on smaller crafts or hobbies.

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Accent Lighting

As the name suggests, accent lighting accents something. These are more concentrated lights that draw your eye to a certain focal point. Usually a table lamp or a sconce, it can be used to highlight a piece of furniture, object, or art piece—or simply to add an extra decorative element to a space. Accent lighting is best used on console tables, buffets, or side tables in a living room, dining room, entryway, or sometimes even in a hallway.

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Decorative Lighting

Decorative lights are light sources that are simply used as decor rather than for function. Think: bulb or twinkle lights, or small lamps or candles on a mantel, bar cart, or floating shelf. Decorative lighting is often just used to make a small statement, fill a space, or set a mood.

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Types of Light Fixtures

Beyond the types of lighting, there are also different types of light fixtures that will help you achieve your desired lighting layers and mood of your space. Below are the main types of light fixtures.

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Table Lamps

Table lamps are smaller lights that tend to be anywhere from 14 to 30 inches in height. They offer subtle, dispersed light. These aren’t necessarily a task light—but they certainly can be. When brainstorming table lamp design ideas, remember that it will take a few table lamps to fill a whole room with light.

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Where to Use It

You can use table lamps on side tables, accent tables, consoles, nightstands, sideboards, and credenzas, or countertops. Table lamps are best for lighting a specific area of a space, like the corner of a sofa or one side of a bed.

Important Things to Consider

Consider the size and scale of the lamp in relation to where you’ll want to put it. Your table lamp should sit comfortably on a side table. So, veer away from anything that feels too top-heavy. A good rule of thumb? Aim to achieve a set-up where you can place your lamp comfortably on its side table, with room for at least two other objects on that table. If you can’t fit any objects on the table other than the lamp, generally the table is too small or the lamp is too big, and the whole set-up will look too crowded and will potentially even be wobbly and unsafe.

Ensure the shade supports your intended use. Shades impact the design style of a lamp and also impact the lighting diffusion. So, a darker shade will emit less light than a lighter shade. And a sloped shade will spread light out into a space more than a cylinder shape shade (which will cast light more up and down).

Make sure your lamp is at the right height. When you’re sitting on your sofa or bed, or at your desk, you want the bottom of your table lamp’s shade roughly at eye level. This protects your eyes from the glaring light of an exposed lightbulb. At this height, it will also properly illuminate the pages of a book or your workspace.

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Floor Lamps

A floor lamp is a lamp that sits directly on the floor. They’re typically 40+ inches tall, with the average being 58 to 64 inches tall. Floor lamps can project light throughout space and act as ambient lighting or be a focused task light depending on the shade and shape.

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Where to Use It

Use a floor lamp in a space where you need a lot of light and don’t want to place a lamp on the surface. The best floor lamps can offer focused lighting to about half of a room. So, one floor lamp won’t light up a whole room by itself—but they work well when accented by a table lamp or a second floor lamp. When it comes to floor lamp ideas, we love using floor lamps over an accent chair, next to a sofa, or even to light up a dark corner of a room.

Important Things to Consider

Build in enough space around the floor lamp. You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of space to walk around the floor lamp, so you aren’t bumping into it every time you walk past the lamp. Since there will be a chord snaking on the floor, you also want to consider where you’ll plug it in to ensure the chord doesn’t present a tripping hazard.

Consider the height of the lamp in relation to where you’ll be placing it. If you’re placing a floor lamp next to a sofa or side chair, you’ll want the height of that floor lamp to feel appropriate to the sofa or chair. If it’s too tall it will make your seat look tiny and disproportionate. Too low and it will make the room feel small. Ultimately, you should be able to sit comfortably in said sofa or chair and not bump your head on the shade of the floor lamp.

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Ceiling Lights

Ceiling lights come in many forms: pendants, chandeliers, flush-mount lights. Essentially, this is any light that hangs from the ceiling. Ceiling lights offer ambient, overhead light and can also make a stylistic statement in your space.

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Where to Use It

You’ll find ceiling lights throughout your home, and switching out the standard fixtures that come with your home is a simple but impactful way to drive home the style of your space. Dining rooms and living rooms are great places for pendants or chandeliers, where you want to create a focal point in your space. Meanwhile, in a bedroom and kitchen, you might want a flush-mount light. You could also opt for track lighting or recessed lights for more directional light control.

Important Things to Consider

Ceiling lights require a level of commitment. While you can always switch them out, the size of light fixtures and the involvement in installing them probably means you want them to be fairly permanent. This is especially true if you have high ceilings and have to rent scaffolding or large ladders to install the light fixtures.

The style of your light fixture can help set the tone for your whole space. Ceiling lights are a great way to help establish or drive home the overall style of your room. (In fact, this is a great way to try out the industrial lighting trend.) So, while they can be more of an investment, they’re one that will pay off stylistically and help your home feel more custom and thoughtful.

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Sconces

A sconce is a type of light fixture that is fixed to a wall. It typically provides light that is directed upwards or outward.

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Where to Use It

Sconces are great for narrow spaces, like hallways and bathrooms, where there isn’t room for a floor or table lamp but you still want a layered lighting option. Looking for some wall sconce design ideas? We love using them flanking either side of a fireplace or as a way to highlight a painting. They’re also great in small bedrooms, as an alternative to a bedside lamp, so you don’t have to take up surface space on a small nightstand!

Important Things to Consider

Sconces are more permanent than a lamp or floor lamp. They have to be mounted on a wall and often need to be hardwired in—so you want to make sure you feel confident with the placement and style before committing to installing a sconce! Though, there are plug-in styles which is a great option for rentals!

classic style living room with fireplace and ruffle sofaHow to Pick the Right Light for Your Space

Considering all the different types of lighting and light fixtures, it might feel overwhelming to land on the right lighting for your space. But it doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are a couple other things to keep in mind when picking the right types of lighting and specific fixtures for your space.

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Think of Your Room’s Needs

Simply think through how you use your space and make lighting choices accordingly. Need some help knowing which kind of lights to use in each room of your home? Check out our room-by-room lighting checklist.

Create a Budget

Of course, all these different light sources might seem like quite the investment if you’re starting from scratch! So, make sure you create a budget for what you want to spend on each piece. Here are some general pricing guidelines, though prices will vary depending on size, quality, materials, and brand.

  • Table lamps: $50-$250
  • Floor lamps: $100-$500+
  • Sconces: $50-$250
  • Pendants and Chandeliers: $100-$1,000+

display of mid-century modern lightingPick Your Materials

Light fixtures can be made in a variety of materials, but there are a couple popular materials for each type of fixture. Most table lamps are ceramic, metal, or acrylic—and sometimes wood. Floor lamps are usually made of wood, metal, or acrylic, though you can also find mixed materials and even some marble or other stone for both lamp types. Sconces and pendants are usually made of metal, with some glass or acrylic details. Overall, lighting fixture materials can really run the gamut! It all depends on the look and style you’re going for, as well as your price point.

Consider Size and Scale

As we mentioned earlier in the post, the size and scale of various lighting fixtures are also very important. So, when picking lighting, consider the overall size of the room as well as the pieces of furniture on which accent lighting will be placed to make sure everything looks balanced.

If you’re not sure what types of lighting or style of light fixtures are best in your space after reading this lighting guide, we can help! With our style quiz and online interior design packages, we can help guide you to your preferred interior design style and help design your room with furniture, lighting, and decor that goes with your style.

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Shape, Size, and Materials: The Only Dining Table Guide You’ll Ever Need

A dining table is one of the most crucial pieces of furniture in your home. As the focal point of your dining room, a great table means you have a place to enjoy meals, laughter, shared stories, and memories with family and friends. But today, it’s more than that, too. Our dining rooms are also taking on the roles of homeschooling hub, home office, craft central, and so much more. With so many uses in one space, the right dining table is more important than ever!

So, how do you choose a dining table for your needs? There are many factors to consider. But most importantly, you want to make sure you land on a table that’s practical—one that it fits your space and offers adequate seating—but also that it aligns with your personal style. If you’re ready to invest in a new table, this dining table guide will walk you through everything you need to consider—from size and shape to material—to make sure you furnish your dining room with functionality and style.

dining roomConsider Your Dining Table Shape

When choosing a dining table, one of the first things to consider is the shape. This helps to narrow your search a bit, too. You can choose from a shape based on your personal taste, but there are also some general guidelines to follow when it comes to the shape of a dining table. And it usually boils down to the size and shape of your dining room.

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rectangle dining tableRectangle/Square Dining Tables

Square and rectangular tables are the most common shape. This is largely because these shapes work best in rectangular rooms and most dining rooms are—you guessed it—rectangular! A rectangular table is a good shape to seat more than four people, so keep this in mind if you have a big family or love entertaining. But it’s not great for really large gatherings, since there’s not as much room on the tabletop to fit serving dishes in addition to place settings—so things could get crowded.

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Round/Oval Dining Tables

Round tables are great because they can accommodate the most people. It’s easy to squeeze in an extra table setting or two where there aren’t any corners! They’re better for small rooms or rooms that aren’t square, as their rounded edges help create easy flow through the room. Circular tables are perfect for small gatherings and make an intimate and cozy setting for conversation. Oval tables help fill out longer, more narrow rooms.

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dining roomFind the Right Dining Table Length

The size of your dining room table will depend on the size of your room and how many people you want to accommodate.

In order to make sure each diner has enough elbow room while chatting, follow these standard seats to size ratios:

  • A 48” long table seats 4 people
  • A 60” long table seats 6 people
  • A 72” long table seats 8 people

Of course, if you don’t mind a more intimate setting or have little ones at the table with you, you might be able to squeeze in an extra seat.

Expandable dining tables are also a great option! If you don’t need as much table space on the day-to-day but want to have the flexibility for an occasional dinner party or holiday gathering, consider a table with leaves that can be dropped or inserted at the center of the table.

tall chairsGo For The Right Dining Table Height

Dining tables generally come in three height variations. Most standard dining tables fall between 28 and 30 inches to allow for comfortable legroom underneath. Counter-height tables are closer to 36 inches high. And pub-style tables are the tallest, falling in the range of 40-42 inches.

If you’re not married to the idea of a traditional dining table, counter-height and pub tables are worth considering! They’re convenient because they can double as a place to serve food during a party or offer extra space for food prep. These heights work especially well in small spaces with open kitchens. However, if you have a dining room office, you may want to go with a traditional height, unless you want a table that functions as a standing desk!

Pick Your Dining Table Material

Dining tables come in a wide range of materials. So when exploring dining room design ideas, this factor mainly boils down to your own personal aesthetics and how much wear and tear your dining table will need to withstand. Below are some of the most popular material options for dining tables.

wood dining tableWood

Wood is the most common choice for dining tables because it’s super durable and can stand up to anything life throws at it! It’s also easy to maintain or refinish with paint or stain as needed.

Natural wood offers a beautiful color and texture in a dining space and there are plenty of different types and finishes of wood to choose from. Weathered or reclaimed wood looks great in a variety of styles and can also hide nicks or scratches—which is great for families with children! Solid wood is more expensive and can be damaged more easily, so it’s more of an investment.

There are also veneer or laminate options, which can mimic the look of wood but are usually a much more affordable alternative. These are non-porous materials so they’re easy to clean and hold up to stains better than many other materials. However, if veneer chips, stains, or get scratched, it can’t be refinished like solid wood.

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lacquer dining tableLacquer

Lacquer is a glossy, resinous material that is applied as a coat to the outside of other materials (most often wood or particleboard). This is a great material for chic designs and small spaces as it’s glossy texture reflects light, which is great for rooms in need of some extra shine.

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art deco interior designGlass

Glass dining tables provide a sleek look for modern or contemporary spaces. They’re great for small dining areas because they make the space seem larger as don’t add any clunky visual weight to a room.

Glass is also super low maintenance and easy to clean. However, these tables might not be very family-friendly as they easily show finger smudges and their sharp edges can pose a threat to rambunctious little ones!

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1980s interior designMarble

Many people consider marble to be one of the best dining table materials. It’s luxurious and sophisticated and puts the natural beauty of the stone on full display. However, marble is a porous material—meaning it can stain easily and quickly. While it’s great for elegant, traditional settings, it might not be the best choice if you have a family with young kids or if you like to entertain often, as spills are inevitable in both scenarios!

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dining room furnitureMetal

A metal dining table can add a cool, industrial feel to any room. It’s also super durable and easy to clean up. Some metals can be prone to corrosion, however, so make sure to use cleaning products that won’t damage it.

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modern dining room with black dining table and green rugExplore Dining Table Styles

Finally, choosing the best dining table means finding the right style for your space. There are so many styles to consider—from modern to rustic, contemporary to traditional—and each style has plenty of variation within it! In addition to being functional, you want your dining table to reflect your personal style and complement the decor in the rest of your home.

Take our style quiz or check out our dining table style guide to learn all about the pros and cons of different dining tables!

Need help with more than the table? If you’re furnishing a dining room from scratch, check out our dining room checklist. It has a round-up of everything you need for a functional dining area, while working with your personal needs and budget!

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The Ultimate Guide to Dining Table Styles

In the strangeness of 2020, the dining room has truly become the new center of the home. For many households, this (newly) multipurpose room has taken on the roles of home office, homeschooling zone, and arts and crafts space, as well as hosting all our family meals. So, this space now needs to be functional for far more than dining! On top of all that, our typical plans for holiday hosting have probably gone out the window. Basically, our dining rooms have been turned on their heads!

But, even as things look different this year, we’re taking any chance we can get to make this space feel extra special. And the best way to do this is with a dining table that you really love. It sets the tone for your space, bringing in unique style and functionality.

But here’s the thing: there are so many dining table styles to choose from, you’re probably wondering where to begin. A dining table can be a big investment, so you want to make sure you pick one that fits your style and meets all your daily needs. So, whether you’re doing some holiday entertaining prep for a small group, figuring out how to make a dining room office work, or simply just dreaming up some dining room design ideas to give this workhorse space a refresh, we’re here to guide to our favorite dining tables for 2020 and beyond.

There are so many dining table styles to choose from, you’re probably wondering where to begin. A dining table can be a big investment, so you want to make sure you pick one that fits your style and meets all your hosting needs. To help, we’re breaking down the different dining table styles here so you can find the one that works best for you.

dining tableFarmhouse Dining Table Style

A farmhouse dining table design is generally an expansive, warm, and welcoming option. This style is great for complementing rustic styles and makes for an extra cozy vibe. It adds a rugged, vintage-inspired touch to your dining room that makes you feel like you’ve stepped into an old country farmhouse, even if you live in a high-rise apartment. And, since farmhouse tables are usually made of rough, solid wood, they tend to be very sturdy.

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The Perks: This is a versatile dining table style. You can pair a farmhouse table with a dining bench for a more family-friendly style or turn up the sophistication with upholstered chairs.

The Vibe: Solid, sturdy, and timeless—this is the workhouse of dining tables. And its rustic style makes your dining room feel extra cozy and inviting.

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Classic Formal Farmhouse Style

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Rustic Gatherings

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Countryside Farmhouse Charms

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dining tablePedestal Dining Table Style

Pedestal dining tables are generally composed of a wide (usually round) table top sitting on a single solid leg in the middle. (Though some more contemporary options sit on two legs instead of one supporting pedestal.) They are stylish, architectural, and just plain useful in a dining room. They come in a variety of styles and can blend in with an assortment of dining room designs.

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The Perks: Despite their more streamlined design, pedestal tables have plenty of surface space. And round or oval styles can seat more people than a square or rectangular table, since you can squeeze more chairs around the table in a pinch!

The Vibe: Smart, symmetrical, and stylish. These tables can put the fun in functional in any dining room design.

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Minimal Marble Pedestal Table

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Modern Dual Pedestal Table

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Cozy Pedestal Dining Vibes

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dining tableParsons Dining Table Style

A Parsons dining table is the perfect table for a super streamlined and contemporary style. There are a myriad of incarnations of its simple, balanced form, but this modernist style is always distinguished by clean angles and straight lines with absolutely no frills or ornamentation.

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The Perks: The pared-down aesthetic makes this table incredibly versatile and timeless.

The Vibe: Dress it up for an elegant and dramatic look. Dress it down for a simple, laid-back style.

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Modern Rustic Style

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Traditional Take on Parsons Style

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Sleek and Streamlined

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dining tableTrestle Dining Table Style

Trestle dining tables have a tabletop that sits upon two trestle supports. This timeless style was very popular in the Middle Ages and the simple look is a natural fit in many dining rooms today. This style was built to be portable and flexible; back in the Middle Ages, people didn’t have dedicated dining rooms, so dining tables had to be easy to take apart, transport, and reassemble. Trestle tables remain popular today because they’re sturdy, attractive, and great for hosting large groups.

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The Perks: Trestle tables come in so many styles that you can find one that will work with your aesthetic no matter what.

The Vibe: This is the kind of table that makes you think of gathering friends and family for a jovial night of eating, drinking, and merrymaking.

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Modern Style Trestle

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Cozy Rustic Dining

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dining roomMid-Century Modern Dining Table Style

Mid-Century Modern seems to be the forever favorite aesthetic—after all, the trend is still going strong after 60+ years! You can usually spot a mid-century modern style dining table by its warm natural wood construction and slender, tapered legs. The sleek silhouette and medium-to-light woods of the era feel both polished and fresh and bridge the gap between comfortable living and aesthetic delight.

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The Perks: A style of furniture designed during an era when American families were moving into more urban, smaller spaces, mid-century modern furniture is great for smaller dining rooms.

The Vibe: Clean lines, geometric shapes, and sleek simplicity give these tables a timeless appeal.

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Mid-Century With a Chic Twist

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Scandi Modern Vibes

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dining roomTraditional Dining Table Style

A traditional dining table is usually made of sturdy wood with a darker finish. You’ll often find these tables with more ornamentation and carved features on the legs. You can keep with the traditional vibe by pairing it with traditional dining chairs, go more farmhouse with upholstered options, or even play up an eclectic vibe trying on the mismatched dining chair trend.

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The Perks: These tables are large and in charge, with plenty of room for guests. They make a lovely centerpiece and are substantial enough to call for a big, beautiful chandelier to illuminate the dining area.

The Vibe: Traditional dining tables are elegant, super-versatile and never go out of style.

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Bold Traditions

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Need some extra guidance? Check out our guide on how to choose a dining table, our dining table shape and size guide, and our dining room layout guide to get your space looking good and working for your life!

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