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An A-to-Z Guide of the Different Types of Tables

When decorating your home, important pieces of furniture to consider throughout your home are tables. Smaller tables offer you a surface to set drinks and eat, stack books, and place accent lighting. Larger tables are made for gathering with friends and family. You might be surprised at just how many tables you need throughout your home though. There are so many different types of tables out there!

But what are they and where should they be used in your home? Let us be your guide. We’ve put together this shopping guide on the different types of tables to help you identify what tables you may need throughout your home. (Along with plenty of bedroom and living room design ideas along the way!)

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Accent Table (AKA Side Table)

An accent table or side table sits next to a piece of furniture a person would sit on—like a chair, sofa, or even a bed. These tables offer some practical convenience, meant to keep items like lamps, books, and beverages within easy reach while you’re seated. Accent tables come in many styles, shapes, and sizes to satisfy all design and practical needs.

Things to Consider When Buying an Accent Table

  • How much function do you need to get out of it? Buy one big enough for what you use it for. Like enough surface space for books, beverages, accent lighting, and a bit of decor? Go for a larger accent table. Just want a surface to set your drink? Stick with a side table that has a smaller footprint. And don’t forget to consider drawers and doors if you want a little extra storage space.
  • How tall is the seat it’ll be placed next to? Make sure the height is right and you’re able to reach items on the tabletop when sitting. A good rule of thumb is that the table should be level with the seat or the arm of the sofa/chair it’s next to!
  • Do you want to go bold or straightforward with the design? Accent tables are less expensive than most other furniture and can easily be moved to different rooms as your style changes—so they’re a great way to add some flair to your interior. As such, don’t be afraid to go bold or try something unexpected!

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Bar Cart

A bar card is—surprise!—a cart used to make and serve drinks from, as well as store bottles and glassware. Typically, bar carts have two or three shelves, with the top shelf being a mixing station when actively in use. The lower shelves house liquor or wine bottles, mixers, glasses, decanters, bar tools, and anything else you might need to mix a drink!

Often, bar carts will have wheels, which allow them to be easily moved around for entertaining purposes. However, most of the time they stay in one place. They’re most commonly housed in a living or dining room for ease of use. Bar carts can be small and round or large and rectangular; what you choose depends on how you want to use it, how much storage space you need, and what style you prefer.

Things to Consider When Buying a Bar Cart

  • Where will you keep it? Depending on if you want it to be used inside, or outside on a porch or deck, you may want to choose different materials.
  • What will you be using it for? If you’re using a bar cart as a truly functional drink-mixing station, you’ll want to make sure it has plenty of surface space and bottle storage. But if it’s more of a decorative table within your space, you can choose a more style-forward piece.
  • Do you need wheels or can it be stationary? This simply dictates what style you look for. If it can be stationary, this opens up more options to explore!

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Bedside Table (Or Nightstand)

Bedside tables are tables that sit beside your bed that house things you need from bed—like books, glasses, a water cup, lighting, and perhaps a few decorative items. If you live alone, you may only have one nightstand, but many people opt for one on each side of the bed. Since this is a piece of furniture that’s about function first, they typically offer some sort of storage (whether a drawer or shelf) to optimize functionality.

Need some help finding the perfect nightstand? Check out our bedside table buying guide.

Things to Consider When Buying a Bedside Table

  • How tall is your bed? This will dictate how tall of a bedside table you should choose. Typically, a nightstand should sit just a bit lower than the top of your mattress so that tabletop items and lamps are comfortable and easy to reach.
  • How much storage do you need? Are you someone who likes to have lots of items close-at-hand when you’re in bed? Or are you more of a minimalist? This will dictate how large of a bedside table you choose, if it has open or closed storage, and how large of a tabletop it has.
  • Do you want matching nightstands? While a matching set is probably the most common design choice out there, you can also opt for mismatched nightstands for a more eclectic look or to bring in some variance to your bedroom’s design.

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Bistro Table

A bistro table is a small table that’s typically 30 inches tall, with a tabletop that’s 24 inches or less in diameter. These tables are used for the purpose of dining, cafe-style, with a small meal or just a beverage. Bistro tables are great for small spaces—like balconies, eat-in kitchens, as a dining table in a studio apartment, or in a large living room to create a coffee nook!

Things to Consider When Buying a Bistro Table

  • Do you want a full set? Many bistro tables come with matching chairs (or have matching chairs available to purchase separately). But you can also mix and match table and chair styles as you please to create a look that’s all your own!
  • Where will it be used? Where you place it will impact the style of bistro table you choose. They can go in any of the spaces we mentioned above—and bistro tables are also a great design hack to fill out a bay window or awkward, unused corner!

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C Side Table

This side table is named for its shape: inspired by the letter C! C tables have a base that can slide under a sofa or chair, while the top acts like a tray. This is a great table style for small spaces, since you can tuck it snugly into your seat—meaning it essentially takes up no floor space. But C tables are also great if you’re just looking for some versatility! They’re like grown-up snack tables or a mini desk which can move around your living room as needed. We love that they don’t take up a lot of space but provide surface space for eating, drinking, and working from a seat.

Things to Consider When Buying a C Table

  • What are the seat heights of your sofa and chairs? Find a C side table where the tabletop height is comfortable for use when you are sitting. This is especially important when using it for working, since you’ll want to tuck your legs underneath when using it as a computer table!
  • Do you want it to serve as a stationary table? Though one of the benefits of a C table is how easily it can move around your room, these side tables can also be used as stationary tables. However, they tend to have less surface space than your average side table—so they’re typically a bit too small for holding lamps. If you’re looking to put heavy objects on a C table, just make sure it’s sturdy enough to hold them.

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Coffee Table

A coffee table is a low table that is designed to sit in the center of a seating area in a living room. Specifically, coffee tables tend to be centered on your sofa—placed with enough room for walking between the two pieces of furniture, but close enough that you can easily reach anything on the table. One of the top essentials on our living room checklist, coffee tables offer the convenience of a place to add decor and books, set your drinks, and even gather around to play games.

Coffee tables come in many shapes, sizes, styles, and materials. You can explore our guide to coffee table shapes and the many different coffee table materials. Plus, check out our dos and don’ts when picking a coffee table.

Things to Consider When Buying a Coffee Table

  • How large are the other pieces of furniture in your seating area? When choosing a coffee table, you want to make sure it’s in proportion to the sofa and chairs it will be surrounded by. You also want to make sure it’s sized in a way where there’s room to walk around it without bumping into other furniture and that it’s the right height in comparison with your sofa. (The top of the coffee table should be level with cushions or slightly lower.)
  • What functions do you need from your coffee table? Consider what you need from your coffee table: Storage? Style? Kid-friendly? Extra seating? Coffee tables are hero pieces of the living room that see a lot of action—so consider all the variables before committing to your table. (If you’re looking for extra functionality, consider some coffee table alternatives as well.)
  • What’s your budget? Coffee tables can be expensive! But they also tend to be pretty durable. So, think of this as an investment piece that will set the tone for your living room. Bonus: they do tend to retain their value, so you have the flexibility to sell it second-hand in the future.

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Console Table

Console tables are both decorative and functional. Since they’re narrow and unobstructive, they work perfectly along the wall in entryways and hallways—offering a surface for trays, lamps, and decor without becoming a tripping hazard by impeding the walkway. They’re also a great piece to use behind a floating sofa and can be used in place of a larger credenza or media cabinet in small spaces.

Many console tables have drawers and a lower shelf, for a bit of extra storage space and surface area—but some only offer the tabletop.

Things to Consider When Buying a Console Table

  • What are your needs for the space? If all you need is a surface space for lighting, you can be pretty flexible in your choice. But if you need drawers for storage or need one that’s narrow enough if it’s for a small hallway, you’ll want to consider those limitations and needs when shopping for a console table.

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Counter-Height Table

A counter-height table is a mix between a traditional dining table and a bar table. The surface is as high as a kitchen counter (about 36 inches) and they’re paired with counter stools for seating. This is a great dining table option in a small apartment. The height keeps a small space feeling open—and the tabletop can double as extra prep space since it’s counter-height!

Things to Consider When Buying a Counter-Height Table

  • How many people need to sit around it? Counter-height tables tend to have smaller surface areas—seating anywhere from two to six people max, depending on the size and shape. (Though you can find some that are larger.) You’ll also need to get counter-height stools to go with (regular dining chairs will be too short), so need to factor that in as well.
  • Do you like formal dining? Counter-height tables have a more casual vibe, so consider if that’s right for you! Because of their casual nature, these pieces actually work best as kitchen tables or in open living/dining rooms.

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Desk

Desks are pieces of furniture used in home offices as a workspace. And they come in many shapes, sizes, and styles! From crafting, writing, or working on computers, there are desks for all working needs. Some writing desks are minimal in design and are simply a tabletop on legs with no storage. Other desk styles have tons of built-in storage for office supplies, paperwork, and files.

Need some help finding a desk for your home office? Here are six tips for choosing your perfect desk.

Things to Consider When Buying a Desk

  • How will you use the desk? Do you need storage space? How much surface area do you need? Thinking through what you need out of a desk will help you narrow down your options!

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Dining Table

No surprise here: a dining table is used for dining. But there is quite a bit of variety when it comes to dining tables. Dining tables can be round or square, oval or rectangular. They can  be small and seat only 2-4, or they can be extra long and seat up to 20! Most are somewhere in between, and some dining tables even come with leaves to extend the size and seat more people when entertaining. And, of course, you can find dining tables in just about any design style, made from a variety of materials.

Dining tables are a big investment, and a major piece of furniture in your home. If you need a little extra help thinking through your options, check out our guide to dining table shapes, sizes, and materials. And, to make sure your table’s style coordinates with the rest of your home, read our post on dining table styles. And, since you need dining chairs to go with your dining table, feel free to check out our guide to different types of dining chairs.

Things to Consider When Buying a Dining Table

  • How many people need to sit around it? It’s great to be able to comfortably seat your family, along with a few extra guests. So, think through your typical dining group size, and choose a table size based on those numbers.
  • Do you entertain often? Look for tables with extra leaves so you can size your table to your group size every time.
  • How durable does it need to be? If you have kids, you’ll want to go for a more sturdy and durable material—and one that’s easy to clean!

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Drafting Table

A drafting table is a type of desk that’s similar to a work table (more on that later in the post)—but rather than a stationary top, drafting tables have tops that can be adjusted to different angles. Also known as drawing boards, drafting tables are traditionally used by architects and engineers. But they’re also perfect for a home office or workroom for someone who simply enjoys sketching, painting, crafting, or wants an adjustable surface!

Things to Consider When Buying a Drafting Table

  • How much space do you have? Drafting tables can take up quite a bit of space. Not only do they tend to have large table tops—but they need a bit of extra space to allow for adjusting the angle of the desktop.

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Drink Table (AKA Martini Table)

A drink table—or martini table—is a small, round accent table that is placed next to seating, like a sofa or chair. As the name suggests, its primary purpose is to hold drinks. Quite a bit smaller than your average pedestal table, drink tables can typically hold just one or two drinks. These tables are great for small spaces where you don’t have room for a full-sized accent table, or next to a chair in any room where you want a surface to set a drink!

Things to Consider When Buying a Drink Table

  • Will it offer enough surface space? Drink tables are quite stylish and functional—but they’re not meant for more than one person. So, when choosing one, make sure it will have enough surface space for your needs. (These tables definitely don’t have enough room for a table lamp—so keep that in mind!)
  • Do you have kids? Though drink tables are typically weighted at the bottom so they don’t topple over, they’re not a good option for homes with small kids, since they do topple more easily than the average accent table.
  • What’s your budget? Because they are smaller in size, drink tables are often less expensive than full-sized accent tables. Just be sure to consider the trade-off in surface space when buying one of these. We’d hate for you to expect a full-size table and wind up with something that can only hold your martini!

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End Table

An end table is a small table used in a living room that visually serves as an “end cap” to a larger piece of furniture in this space. Most often, end tables come in pairs and are meant to be used on either side of the sofa.

The main thing that differentiates end tables from accent tables is that end tables typically have a distinct front and back (whereas accent tables can be used from any side). They’re also usually placed against a wall rather than paired with a floating sofa.

Things to Consider When Buying an End Table

  • How tall is your sofa? End tables should be the same height as the arm of your sofa—so make sure the height is right for the sofa it is next to.
  • How much surface space do you need? If you want to max out on surface space, end tables are a good option, since they’re often larger than accent tables. They offer plenty of surface space for lighting, drinks, books, and more!
  • Do you need storage? Many end tables have drawers, which are great for stashing remotes, extra coasters, and candles. However, not all end tables have drawers, so consider your living room storage needs before shopping!

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Folding Table

Many types of tables can be folding tables, but the most common is a folding dining table like the one pictured here. (We’re not talking about folding card tables, like the ones your grandma always kept in the basement—though those are technically folding tables as well!) What we’re talking about here is a dining table (often round in shape) that has sides that fold down. (Sometimes these are called drop-leaf tables.) Folding down one or both sides of the table saves space, allowing it to be pushed against a wall or even stashed in a large closet when not in use. Folding tables are great for dining in small spaces, for use as a kitchen table, or for occasional entertaining needs.

Things to Consider When Buying a Folding Table

  • How often will you need to fold and unfold it? If you’ll rarely fold down the leaves, it might be worth getting a fixed table instead. However, if you live alone or with one other person, you can save space day-to-day by having the sides folded down, while having the option of expanding it to its full size when having guests over.
  • How heavy is it? This is something to consider if you’ll be moving it from room-to-room for entertaining purposes!

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Game Table (or Card Table)

As the name implies, game tables are meant as a surface for playing games. Some game tables have built-in elements for specific card or board games. (The one pictured above has chip slots for poker, plus cup holders!) Others have a plain vinyl gaming surface, gaming table covers, or reversible tops where one side is for gaming and the other is a solid surface to be used as a dining table. (This third option makes for the most versatile table!)

Game tables will typically need to be large enough where you can fit all the players of your preferred games comfortable around the table. We also recommend pairing game tables with comfortable upholstered chairs that are on casters!

Things to Consider When Buying a Game Table

  • What games will you play? If you enjoy a wide variety of games, go for something a bit more versatile, without specific game built-ins. But if you have one specific game you play with friends, look for a table that’s made more specifically for that game.
  • What’s your budget? Game tables can be quite expensive—so this is probably a piece of furniture that you won’t casually incorporate into your home. It’s an investment piece and worth finding one that will suit your needs for years to come.

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Tray Table

A tray table is a small, collapsible or foldable table. Typically used for serving and eating food in a living room (think: 1950s TV dinner trays!), tray tables are easy to use for different functions. But we especially love them as a snack table for movie nights or between two accent chairs for a cozy coffee nook!

Tray tables come in a variety of styles—ranging from super simple, like a typical TV tray, to more elaborate and decorative, like the one pictured above.

Things to Consider When Buying a Tray Table

  • How will you mainly use it? If you’ll be using the tray top to carry food and drinks between the kitchen and living room, you’ll want to look for one with a fully removable top that’s easy to reattach vs a folding tray table where the top is attached to the base.
  • Will it be an occasional or permanent fixture in your space? If you only plan on pulling out your tray table for a movie night, you can go more simple and functional in design. But if you plan on leaving it out, go for a more stylish design that complements the style of your room.

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Vanity

A vanity is a dressing table that’s used as a place to do hair and makeup and put on jewelry. These tables often look like small desks and typically have small drawers for storing dressing items. Vanities are accompanied by a mirror and a stool that slides underneath, so you can sit down in front of the mirror while getting ready. Some come with a mirror attached, and some even come with a stool—but others have each piece sold separately.

Vanity tables are usually placed in a bedroom—though if you have a separate dressing room, a large walk-in closet, or even a large bathroom a vanity could also go in any of these areas.

Things to Consider When Buying a Vanity Table

  • How much storage do you need? If you want to keep makeup and hair tools nearby, opt for a style with drawers so you can tuck things away once you’re ready for the day.
  • Do you want one with an attached mirror? Many vanities have built-in triptych mirrors to make it super easy to get ready. But some require you to purchase a mirror separately. This, however, gives you the flexibility to choose whatever style of mirror you prefer!
  • Does it need to serve a secondary function? Not everyone has the luxury of having enough space for a dedicated vanity. If you need this piece to serve double-duty, you can combine this piece with a desk if you also need a home office space but don’t have room for both.

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Work Table

A work table is used for working on large-scale projects or for spreading out to collaborate. Offering a larger surface area than a typical desk, these tables are great for when you’re working from home with multiple monitors or if you have a child who loves to “work” alongside you.

Things to Consider When Buying a Work Table

  • Will you be using it just for work or will it need to dual function? Since these tables offer so much surface area, sometimes you can sneak in a secondary function with a large work table. They work great as dining tables and would also make a great table for working on a puzzle!

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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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Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Sofa Online

While online shopping has been ramping up for years, 2020 was the year where many of us bought more online than ever before. With COVID cramping our style, we’re not just turning to online shopping for clothing and electronics but more and more people are also purchasing everything from groceries to furniture through ecommerce sites.

This year, more than ever before, we need new or different furniture to make our homes more functional. But it can feel difficult to find the right pieces for our homes without going into a furniture store. While purchasing a pair of shoes online is easy, ordering a large piece of furniture from a website can feel stressful and overwhelming. After all, you can’t just drop a sofa in the mail if it doesn’t fit or look the way you hoped!

It might seem terribly risky to buy a sofa online, but it can actually be a simple, easy, and even enjoyable experience!

Want some guidance? Keep reading for our online sofa buying guide, complete with five tried and true tips—gleaned from our real-life experiences—to help make the process of buying a sofa online as comfortable as lounging on one.

green color scheme living room with large white sectional sofa and leather accent chair1. Shop for What Makes You Comfortable

Are you inclined to recline? Find a sofa that supports the way you like to lounge.

Would you believe us if we told you that you can determine if a sofa is comfy online? Although nothing quite compares to the real-life test drive, there are key factors that can help you to gauge a sofa’s comfiness by looking on a website.

Do you want a sofa where you can sit cross-legged and enjoy all the poor-posture slouching you want? Look for an option with a greater seat depth. Do you like to lean back against your sofa’s armrest and stretch out? Be sure to pay attention to the arm height and shape to ensure maximum comfort.

Think about how you really use your sofa and look for the factors that will make it most comfortable for you.

Wondering about different sofa styles and the merits of a sofa vs sectionals? Check out our other interior design buying guides for more tips! 

2. Read the Reviews

You are not blazing this trail alone!

The next best thing to sitting on a sofa is reading reviews by other people who have sat on that sofa. Just a few of the many things you can learn from the reviews are the quality of the piece, how comfortable it is, and if it looks the same in real life as it’s pictured online. 

There’s no telling how much time, money, and energy you can save by reading product reviews—so don’t skip this step! (P.S. Check out our sofa buying guide, which answers the question of how much should you spend on a sofa.)

3. Get Acquainted With the Return & Exchange Policies

Your last line of defense when buying furniture, online or in-store.

Before buying a sofa online, make sure you can answer the question, “If I hate it, how easily can I return it?

Researching a company’s return policy is an absolute must when looking to buy a sofa online. Many furniture retailers have strict return and exchange policies, so it’s important to do your research. For big-ticket items, like a sofa, some retailers require you to ship the piece back yourself and then pour salt in the wound with a hefty restocking fee.

It’s no surprise, then, that many people keep furniture they don’t even like simply to avoid the hassle of returning it. But here’s the good news: there are still many retailers that have super generous return policies, so you can avoid this sofa-sized headache. Do your research first, then shop confidently.

swatches of colors and fabrics4. But First, Swatches

Test drive the material before you commit.

Many retailers offer to send you fabric swatches for a small charge or even for free! This is a great way to test drive the fabric you’ll be lounging on, so take full advantage.

Don’t be afraid to get handsy with your fabric swatches and see how they hold up to everyday wear and tear. Spill some wine on them to gauge how easily they stain. Wipe down the fabric to see how easy it is to clean. Even rub them on your pets to see if their fur clings to the fabric.

how much should I spend on a sofa?5. Visualize It

Make sure it looks good and fits in your space.

A customer recently told us that, prior to designing her space with Modsy, she had tried reconstructing the form of her potential new sofa out of cardboard boxes. And we totally get it! Imagining how a big piece will look and feel in your space is difficult, but it’s also one of the most important steps toward buying a piece of furniture online.

Before you buy a sofa online (or even at all) get confident by knowing how it will look and fit in your space. You can use the magical powers of Modsy to see your sofa in an exact 3D version of your actual room.  (And hey, you can also get other living room design ideas on our website!) Alternatively, you can always rely on a measuring tape, or even compare the dimensions of your new sofa against another piece of furniture.

Whichever method works for you, avoid having to return your new sofa (even though you thoroughly researched the return policy like a pro) because it doesn’t fit or look good with your wall color, rug, or coffee table.

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Buying Guide: How to Choose a Dining Table for Your Needs

When shopping for a dining room table, there are many things to consider—from dining table styles to dining table shapes and sizes. But sometimes, before you can consider those things, you first need to assess how you use your dining room to begin with.

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Before You Shop for a Dining Table

When thinking about dining room design ideas, a couple different factors can help you make design, style, and layout decisions based on your own personal use cases. First, consider how much space you have to work with and how your dining room flows and connects with the rest of your home. The size of your dining room will have a lot of bearing on what goes inside of it—so this is a good place to start when choosing the right dining table for your home.

You also want to think about how you use the space and even who in your home uses it the most. Does your dining room double as a home office or homeschooling zone? Do you entertain a lot or have pets? Who uses the dining room table, how it’s used, and even how often you host dinner guests are all big factors that will influence what you need in a dining table.

Wondering how to choose a dining table for your needs? Keep reading for our complete buying guide on choosing the right dining table for the size and layout of your space, as well as your lifestyle needs. This guide will help you find the perfect dining table for your home!

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If You Have a Small Dining Room

Look for a smaller or expandable table: In a small dining room, you want to choose a table that is proportional to the size of your space. As a result, you’ll obviously want to go for a smaller-sized table in a small dining room. If you like entertaining, consider an expandable table that can be at its smallest size day-to-day but expand when needed to accommodate extra seats.

Get creative in extra-small spaces: For an extra small dining room—or if you only have a breakfast nook, or no dining space at all—you can still create a dining area. You could put a small cafe table and two chairs in the corner of your living room, or even use a console table with stools against a longer wall. We also love the idea of having a desk that can double as a dining table.

Eliminate sharp corners: Oval or round tablesare best in small dining rooms. They don’t have sharp corners you could bump into when navigating between chairs and the wall, which makes them easier to move around in a small space. They’re also better for squeezing more people around in a pinch, since there are no corners that limit the number of people you can fit.

Reduce tripping hazards: In a small dining room, you’ll also want to make sure your chairs can comfortably slide under your table. If they don’t, they’ll stick out into the room and create less walking space and can easily become a tripping hazard. So, choose a table style that allows you to push your chairs in.

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If You Want to Fill Out a Large Space

Choose a table table that commands the space: In a large dining room, you can go for a standard-size dining table, or even a large, oversized table. Like in a small dining room, you still want your table to be in proportion to the space. So, if you have a particularly large space, opt for a table that has some heft and visually commands the space, like a farmhouse-style table. You could also opt for an extra-long table for a communal eating feel. Regardless, with a large dining room, you have the space to have a large dining table set up year-round rather than needing to expand a table or set up extra eating spaces when hosting guests.

Try a rectangular table: Rectangular tables are the most common dining table shape, and they work well in large dining rooms. They’re best for formal dining, where you want someone to sit at the head of the table, and they’re also great for filling out a dining room. However, there are some larger oval-shaped tables that can give your dining room a softer, more organic look.

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If You Have an Open Living Room/Dining Room

When your dining room is open or connected to your living room, you not only want to consider the size, but also how the elements within each room interact with each other. So, consider proportion to properly fill out (but not overfill) the space, and choose furniture that mixes well with the style and proportion of your living room furniture. Rectangular tables are best for open living room/dining rooms, as you can use the table to help partition the two rooms and create a sense of organization within the open space.

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If You Have Young Kids

Pick the right material: When you have young children, a big thing to consider is the material of your dining table. Glass tables are hard to keep clean and are easier to break—so avoid that if you have kids. Instead, choose something more durable, like a solid or composite wood. Veneer can also be good, but it chips and scratches more easily. Another super durable option? Sealed stone, like ceramic or concrete. However, avoid marble in lighter shades, as it can easily stain. Rustic surfaces like weathered wood or metal are best for rambunctious kids. They develop a natural patina, so nicks and scuffs easily blend in. Darker finishes help hide accidents, like spills and stains, but they can sometimes show more scratches.

Avoid sharp edges: We also recommend avoiding sharp edges. While some rectangular tables have more rounded corners, certain styles and materials have very sharp corners, so we’d veer away from those. Sometimes tables with metal legs have decorative elements that could also pose a risk to small children.

Consider the base of the table: You’ll also want to think about the leg style of a dining room table—specifically, if you want a table with four legs or more of a pedestal style. Both can work with kids, but it’s good to consider if you can fit a high-chair and dining chair side-by-side between the legs of a table, or even how the base of the table will affect clipping a child’s seat to the table.

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If You Live Alone

If you live alone or just don’t eat much at your table, go for a smaller table and fill out the rest of your dining space for accent furniture. It’s nice to have the option to use a dining table if you have people over, but you can get something smaller so you don’t have a large table going unused when it’s just you. This also allows you to choose a table that can work for the size of your space if you’re in a smaller apartment.

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If You Need to Seat a Lot of People

Large dining tables can seat 6-8 people, so they’re great for larger families, allowing your whole family to sit around it at once. Sometimes you can seat even more with large tables that are extendable. This is not only great for large families but also for those who entertain a lot.

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If You Have Pets

If you have pets who like to chew on your furniture legs, consider a table with a pedestal base or with metal legs. This way they won’t be able to get their mouths around the base to gnaw on it. If you like the look of a table with slender legs, simply consider metal legs rather than wooden ones, which your pet won’t want to chew on.

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If You Love to Host

If you host often, you’ll want to consider that when choosing a dining room table. Like we mentioned earlier, if you have a large dining room, you can have a large dining table set up year-round.

Try an extendable table for extra seating options: But in a more average-sized dining room, extendable tables are great for hosting. For everyday use, you can keep the table smaller and fit just your family around the table. But when you have guests over, you can add a leaf or two to increase the number of people you can fit around the table.

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Go for a drop-leaf table in small spaces: If you love to host but only have a small dining room, you could consider a drop-leaf table. This allows the table to get pretty compact, and you can push it up against the wall when not in use. But, when having friends over for dinner, you can pull it out from the wall, put up the leaves, and fit a few extra people around the table.

Squeeze in more people with a round or oval pedestal table: When hosting, do you tend to try to squeeze a lot of people around your table? You may want to opt for a pedestal table rather than one with four legs so extra chairs can squeeze in without interference. You could also go for a round or oval table rather than a rectangular one, as a rectangular table will limit the number of people you’re able to seat around it due to the corners.

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If Your Dining Room Doubles As Your Home Office

If your dining room doubles as your home office, and you use your dining table as a desk, make sure your table is large enough for your work supplies and at a comfortable height for you to work at. If you’re going to sit somewhere for eight hours, you want to make sure it’s ergonomic! In a small space, consider a bar-height table, which can double as a standing desk and gives you room to sneak in some storage underneath.

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The Ultimate Guide To Sofa Styles and Which Is Right for You

The sofa is arguably the most important piece of furniture in the living room. So it’s important to find the right one for your style and needs. But with so many different types of sofas to choose from, it can be hard to know which is right for you.

Similar to choosing between a sectional or a sofa, deciding on a sofa style comes down to comfort. But it’s also about the shape of the sofa and how it works aesthetically with the rest of your living room decor. For instance, if your living room has more traditional furnishings, a classic camelback sofa might make for a stylish option that blends right into your space versus other sofa styles. Or if your living space has a more modern and industrial vibe, a tuxedo sofa could be the perfect sleek-and-sumptuous piece you need. Either way, the sofa style you pick should play up a feeling of comfort and reflect the overall style of your room.

Already thumbed through all the types of sofas and know what you want? Check out our sofa buying guide to make sure you’re spending wisely before you purchase the piece, especially if you’re buying a sofa online. Otherwise, read on for our roundup of the most common types of sofas and why they might be perfect for your space.

sofa stylesThe Chesterfield

When it comes to sofa styles, the Chesterfield is hard to miss. It’s said to have been designed in the 18th century for “gentlemen to sit upright without wrinkling the garment.” The more modern and boxy tuxedo sofa is derived from the Chesterfield.

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The Perks: Chesterfields are known for their deep seating, high-rolled arms, and quilted or tufted backing, which gives them a sumptuous look and a bold silhouette. They’re typically made of leather, but contemporary takes on the piece also feature it in linen and velvet.

Good To Know: The Chesterfield generally has a large frame and is pretty substantial in size, so make sure you have the floor space to accommodate one.

It’s Perfect For… those who like more traditional types of sofas or something very masculine and timeless in style. The Chesterfield works well in a classic and formal interior, a sleek industrial space, or a pared-down rustic room.

sofa stylesThe Bridgewater Sofa

For a classic sofa that emphasizes major comfort and an elegant form, try the Bridgewater. It has origins in England and was once among the most popular types of sofas. It’s less common in homes now, but it’s still one of the most comfortable options today.

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The Perks: The Bridgewater has a slightly rolled back, low-set and rolled arms, and loose seat cushions that are generously padded, which gives them their signature plump look and plush comfort. They also sometimes come with a tailed skirt that hides their turned legs.

Good To Know: The Bridgewater silhouette is wide and deep, but today they come in an array of colorful upholstery fabrics that make them appear more streamlined and less bulky.

It’s Perfect For… fans of boho and glam style interiors that can use a sofa that combines traditional details with a modern edge. You can’t beat a Bridgewater sofa in a bright fabric mixed with eclectic patterns, colors, and accents in a room.

sofa stylesThe Lawson Sofa

It’s not surprising that the Lawson is one of the most popular types of sofas for family homes. Low to the ground with a boxy silhouette, it first appeared in the early 20th century as a modern and comfortable sofa design that is a derivative of the classic tuxedo sofa.

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The Perks: It’s one of the most versatile types of sofas because it’s easy to find it in many fabrics. The back and seat are comprised of extra-plush pillows that are separate from the frame, which means it’s a sofa designed for soft comfort and support.

Good To Know: Because it’s made up of large, soft pillows that give you a deep, sink-in kind of support., it’s a great sofa if you have kids or want something that’s snug and extra soft.

It’s Perfect For… any style interiors—traditional, modern, rustic—given its functional form and versatile fabric options. It works best in family homes, formal living spaces, and TV rooms.

sofa stylesThe Mid-Century Sofa

Out of all the sofa styles here, you’re likely most familiar with the Mid-Century sofa. Originating in the 1930s, the Mid-Century sofa has been making a strong comeback in recent years given its minimalist aesthetic and clean lines.

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The Perks: There aren’t many types of sofas that give you a tailored, streamlined look quite like the Mid-Century sofa. It usually has a boxy and slender silhouette, tapered legs, and tuft cushion backs that give you firm support. It’s also a sofa you can dress up however you want.

Good To Know: Aesthetics are key to the Mid-Century sofa, and sometimes it comes at the expense of comfort. But if you’re after a stylish and trendy-looking sofa more than anything, this is for you.

It’s Perfect For… modernists, minimalists, and mid-century style lovers across the board. The Mid-Century sofa is ideal in more contemporary interiors that have a rustic or glam touch.

sofa styles The Slipcovered Sofa

If you’re after the types of sofas that are durable and long-lasting, Slipcovered sofas are your best bet. It’s a sofa style that typically comes with a classic frame, rounded arms, and a fitted fabric cover that can be taken on and off for cleaning. It’s all about function and easy care.

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The Perks: No other types of sofas will stand up to wear, stains, and traffic like the Slipcovered sofa. Not only is the slipcover washable, but it’s removable and replaceable so you can change the cover and customize your look as needed.

Good To Know: While the cover is washable and easy-to-clean, it’s prone to get wrinkly. It’s all part of the look, but it’s something to consider if you prefer a tailored looking sofa.

It’s Perfect For… casual and relaxed rooms that aren’t overly decorated or filled with ornate accents. Think beach house living room, airy rustic family room, laid-back boho space. You get the picture.

sofa stylesThe Settee

Essentially a wide chair, the Settee is like a loveseat but much narrower. In terms of sofa styles, it definitely leans traditional and it sometimes comes with a curved frame that recalls a camelback sofa. If you’re after a beautiful traditional perch, you can’t go wrong with a Settee.

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The Perks: Many Settees are cabriole style, which means they feature an exposed wood frame around the edges and have ornately carved legs. These are standout details that are sure to captivate. One way to modernize a Settee is to reupholster on in a colorful or patterned fabric.

Good To Know: Compared to the other types of sofas here, the Settee is always a sophisticated choice but not necessarily the most comfortable choice. It’s designed like a dining chair so it’s not the best for extending seating or lounging.

It’s Perfect For… classic and formal rooms are the Settee’s natural habitat given its Old World appeal. It’s perfect in a foyer or hallway as a seat for putting on or taking off shoes.

sofa stylesThe Sleeper Sofa

The most compact and functional of all the types of couches available, the Sleeper sofa is what we call a workhorse piece. It does double duty as a sofa and bed, so it tops our list as the sofa that does it all.

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The Perks: There aren’t any other types of sofas that offer you and your guests a sleeping solution that’s neatly tucked away under the seat cushions. The beds also range from futons to pullouts, and they’re often surprisingly more comfortable than they look.

Good To Know: Unlike the Mid-Century or the Settee, the Sleeper is all about big function packed into one streamlined piece. That means it’s less about good looks and more about comfort and convenience here. There are chic modern Sleepers, but they’re pretty pricey.

It’s Perfect For… small guest rooms, mixed-used spaces like an office den, or a compact apartment living room. Sleepers are usually pretty contemporary in design, so they’ll fit right in with any transitional or modern interior.

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How to Pick a Coffee Table Shape to Go With Your Sofa

After landing on a sofa (or a sectional), a coffee table is one of the next most important pieces of furniture in your living room. It helps tie together your seating area, and offers the practicality of a surface for placing a drink, kicking up your feet, and displaying your favorite coffee table books.

But with so many different coffee table sizes, shapes, and materials to choose from, it can be overwhelming to land on the right coffee table for your living room. So, today we’re going to help you out with a coffee table buying guide! We’ll walk you through the different coffee table shapes, show you how they work with different sofa shapes (think sectional or sofa chaise), and ultimately help you find the right coffee table for your space!

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The Basics of Choosing a Coffee Table

But before all that, you’ll want to consider a few general rules of thumb when it comes to choosing the right coffee table.

Coffee Table Height

First up: coffee table height. You want your coffee table to be no more than 2-3 inches above or below your sofa’s seat height. (Though, the closer to the same height, the better.) If it’s too tall or too short, it won’t be as practical to use and frankly just won’t look as good.

Coffee Table Length

And, in terms of length, consider the space you need to walk and navigate around your coffee table within the rest of the room. A good rule of thumb is leaving about 17 inches from each end of your coffee table to the edge of your sofa for walkability. With that, in general you’ll want your coffee table to sit on the center of your area rug, no matter what sofa style you have or what shape of coffee table you choose.

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coffee table buying guideBest Coffee Table Shapes for Standard Sofas

If you have a standard sofa, you have a lot of flexibility when it comes to picking a coffee table. You can safely go with just about any shape, and it’s just easier to know where to place it. (Simply center the coffee table on your sofa, and make sure it’s about two-thirds the length of your sofa.) So, really, it just comes down to preference. Below, you’ll see how different coffee table shapes work with a standard sofa.

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Rectangular Coffee Tables

A rectangular coffee table fits well with a traditional, standard-size sofa. It offers a lot of surface area—providing a surface not only for people sitting on the sofa but also on the side chair. And, the coffee table pictured is a perfect example of the right height in comparison to your sofa. We’d say that, for a standard sofa, a rectangular coffee table is your best all-around choice. This is a no-brainer shape that you really can’t go wrong with.

coffee table buying guidecoffee table buying guideSquare Coffee Tables

When it comes to a square coffee table with a traditional sofa, our stylists recommend doing two squares side-by-side rather than just one. A single square coffee table would feel small and awkward on it’s own with a long rectangular sofa—leaving your seating area feeling unbalanced. So, doubling up on the squares gives your living room a more balanced, cohesive look. Plus, with two squares, you get double the surface area! It gives you the concept of a rectangular coffee table, but with more visual intrigue.

coffee table buying guidecoffee table buying guideRound Coffee Tables

If you want to add visual interest to your living room, along with creating a bit of a statement in your space, go for a round coffee table. Just make sure it has a large enough circumference to balance out the length of your sofa! You don’t get as much surface space in comparison to a rectangular coffee table, so we recommend supplementing your seating area with some side tables for extra surface area. You could also consider doing two round tables, and either replacing them side-by-side like the squares, or staggering them, with one closer to the sofa and one further away. Staggering a set creates varied walking space around your tables and sofa and more visual interest to your set-up.

A round coffee table—whether you go for one larger table or a pair of smaller ones—is the most versatile shape and our pick for best all-around coffee table shape for any sofa style. Whether you have a standard sofa, a sectional, or a sofa with a chaise, a round coffee table will tuck into any shape, as long as the size proportions are correct. Round coffee tables are also the most kid-friendly shape, since there are no hard edges or corners.

coffee table buying guidecoffee table buying guideOval Coffee Tables

An oval-shaped coffee table is another great shape for a standard sofa. It’s obviously a bit longer than a round coffee table, so it gives you as much surface area as possible while still offering a softer, more organic shape. And choosing an oval style with a more unique base, like this one, adds some visual interest. Like a round coffee table, and oval is also great if you have kids, because of the round edges—no sharp corners here!

coffee table buying guidecoffee table buying guideAbstract/Organic Coffee Tables

An abstract or organic-shaped coffee table is great for inspiring movement in your living room, adding a functional statement to your space. There’s a sense of fluidity when you opt for a more organic shape—though, depending on the specific style you choose, it can give a totally different vibe to the space. Here, we have both a table that’s a soft triangle shape with three legs, and a more heavy, organic style, which each create completely different looks to the seating arrangement. With the second one, you’ll want to make sure you figure out the balance—since it’s such a heavy, solid piece, you wouldn’t want to pair it with a delicate or small sofa. With all coffee tables, consider the size and scale of your sofa and pair a coffee table accordingly.

Regardless, abstract and organic shapes in coffee tables work well with a regular-sized sofa, offering a more dynamic look. We love that, whatever vantage point you have in the room, you’re going to see it differently. This gives your coffee table the feeling of being an evolving object within your space that adds dimension and a sculptural quality.

coffee table buying guideBest Coffee Table Shapes for Sectionals

While all of the same shapes are available to you when you have a sofa with a chaise or a sectional, different shapes and sizes work differently within this context. While we’re just showing you how these shapes work with a sofa with a chaise, the same principles apply to a sectional with a full L-shape.

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coffee table buying guidecoffee table buying guideRectangle Coffee Tables

If you opt for a rectangular coffee table with a sectional or chaise, you’ll just want to make sure the length of the coffee table fits with a safe amount of space between the edge of the sofa and the chaise, without the end of the coffee table going past the other end of the sofa! A rectangular coffee table gives you more space relative to the rest of your seating arrangement though (in this case, in the foreground of the image) since the shape means it’s not protruding into the side of the seating area that’s opposite your sofa.

coffee table buying guidecoffee table buying guideSquare Coffee Tables

A single square coffee table works really well for a sofa with a chaise or a sectional. It tucks perfectly into the angle of the chaise while still giving you enough breathing room. It’s also great for those who love a more traditional take on a seating arrangement, since the lines of the coffee table align with the lines of the sofa, with edges meeting edges and the square shape echoing the angle of the sofa. This is our pick for a no-brainer coffee table shape that you really can’t go wrong with when you have a chaise or sectional.

Like the look of a square but want softer edges? An ottomoan is a great coffee table alternative, which also provides a comfortable, makeshift seat or footrest!

coffee table buying guidecoffee table buying guideRound Coffee Tables

A round coffee table with this sofa shape has a grounding element and is easier to navigate around than other shapes. It offers more room to play around with the chair placement within your living room, and overall is easier to design around since you don’t have hard lines or edges. As with a traditional sofa, you can also opt for two smaller round tables versus one larger round coffee table. This creates a more playful look that’s very flexible and forgiving. You can stagger them and even swing one around to be a side table when you want to. It breaks up the angle of the L-shape on the sofa and adds an organic element that brings some breathing room to your layout.

coffee table buying guidecoffee table buying guideOval Coffee Tables

An oval coffee table works really nicely to balance out the edge of the sofa. The table pictured is a smaller model; we’d recommend sizing up if you’re going to do an oval with this type of sofa. But just make sure you have enough room for walking on all sides of the table.

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An abstract or organic coffee table would also give you that ability to break up the angle of the L-shape of the sofa. The soft triangle table fits really nicely in this setting and adds a bit of a statement to the center of the room. This is a bigger table, but it doesn’t feel too large for the space. That’s because, since its legs lift it off the floor, there’s a sense of airiness to this look. (One of our favorite tricks to help a space feel larger.)

The more solid, geometric coffee table also works in this set-up, but it’s definitely a heavier approach. It anchors the center of the room and visually balances out the weight of the chaise versus the chair that’s diagonal from the chaise. However, since it’s a solid, heavy table, it’s not very moveable.

Explore Coffee Table Styles

Choosing the best coffee table to go with your sofa also means finding one with the right style. As evidenced by the variety of coffee tables featured in this post, there are so many styles to consider! If you’re uncertain about what style or shape of coffee table to choose, take our style quiz, or work with one of our designers to find the best furniture pieces and layout for your whole living room!

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