Elle Decor recently ran an article on their favorite cocktail (coffee) tables. While this is a necessary piece of furniture in most living and family rooms, I love the small accent tables that are equally as important. Here is a list of my favorite end tables (also referred to as side tables) and the commonly used names that might make it a little easier to identify when you are shopping.
A small, round and tall side table is often referred to as a martini or cigarette table. They are perfectly sized to sit next to a club chair and hold a drink or ashtray (hence the name) or a small vase of flowers. Like most furniture, they are available in most any style, finish and price range you can imagine. This very chic option from Restoration Hardware can be ordered in several different finishes but I am partial to this rubbed brass look.
A step table is a throwback to the mid twentieth century and is making a modern comeback, due, most likely, to the amazing function of this versatile end table. I have this one from West Elm in my living room. You can see how easy it would be to place a lamp on the upper “step” and books and other display objects on the other two “steps”.
A drum table is appropriately named as it is shaped like a drum. Large or small, modern or traditional, this end table will fit any interior decor style. This iconic mid-century design from Milo Baughman will become a treasured piece in your home.
A C-table is a marvelous choice to slide next to a sofa or chair, especially when space is limited. There is an endless variety of styles but this one from Pottery Barn happens to be one of my favorites. I love the mix of modern acrylic with the warmth of the oil rubbed bronze finish.
Barton C table from Pottery Barn
A pedestal table is a small, usually round, side table where the top is supported by a pedestal that can be as ornate or as simple as you like. This table from Crate and Barrel is a nice choice for a traditional or transitional styled room.
Whatever style you prefer–Tables with drawers, a rustic log, a modern tripod or an industrial metal piece on wheels– end tables are a vital part of your living area furniture.