Most gathering spaces in your home are likely to have a table, and table design is more important than you think! The shape, size, finish, and overall design are key components of the flow of your living and entertaining spaces.
Read on to see our breakdown of choosing the right table for a room.
Different types of tables
Let’s look at a few different table types to consider when furnishing a space. At Forwood Design, we have four primary categories of tables that can elevate your interior and tie a room together depending on your needs.
Every living room needs a coffee table. A coffee table is a low table designed to be in a sitting area for convenient support of beverages, remote controls, magazines, books (especially large, illustrated coffee table books), decorative objects, and other small items.When choosing your coffee table, you’ll first want to consider the basics such as style, finish, shape, and space. Check out this graphic here to visualise your ideal coffee table size. Designing within a small space? Sizing can be tricky! That’s why Forwood Design’s Campaign Coffee Table was created with versatility in mind. This coffee table can convert to a dining table that seats 4 people in just a few seconds. Finally, adding the right accessories to your tabletop will elevate your living room and add a personal touch to the room – and don’t forget those set of coasters to keep your surface safe!
Check out more information on how to style your coffee table here.
A console table is a narrow table with either two or more legs that is bolted to a wall or freestanding. Console tables are often placed up against a wall in an entryway or flush against the back of a sofa. It is a great way to utilise small spaces as additional storage. Consider using a luxuriously designed console table like one of these in your home’s entryway. Add a display dish for your keys or a luxury treasure box to house phone chargers and other small items, keeping them handy and out of view!
A lamp table functions as a surface to support decor or your guest’s drinks, as well as a surface to place strategic lighting. Lamp tables will often be located next to a couch or lounge chair and should be within convenient reach. You can also consider using this type of lamp table as a slimmer, more modern alternative to a bedside table.
Again, when choosing your lamp table, measuring for the correct height is the most important factor before you start shopping. If you’re concerned about matching your lamp table to the rest of your living space, don’t worry, Forwood Design’s lamp tables are designed to match our side and console table collections! Now that you’ve decided what table works best for you, decorate with a set of coasters and a table lamp. If you’re using a lamp table next to your couch, consider mirroring this set up on the other side of the seating space to add more light and dimension to the room. You might also have space to add a small sculpture or a book to tie the design together, but be careful not to overfill the table as this will create a cluttered look.
Side tables are usually placed beside a piece of furniture a person would sit on, such as a couch or a bed. Its main purpose is to ensure that essential items are within easy reach. When placing side tables beside chairs and sofas, it’s important to choose the correct height and shape that makes sense and doesn’t distract from the rest of the room. Side tables can usually function in a similar fashion to lamp tables, but you can also use a side table like this as a statement or accent piece to elevate your interior design and provide some hidden storage space. Take a look at our variety of differently sized and shaped side and lamp tables here.