Console/ Sofa Tables: Generally, a console table is an accent table used for displaying accessories or other decorative items. It can be both decorative and functional. Since console tables tend to be narrow in depth, they are perfect for entry spaces, hallways or foyers. They can also be placed in front of a window or behind a sofa or love seat, hence the name "sofa" table. Console tables typically feature drawers, cabinets or stylish shelves for displaying accessories. An example of a popular and stylish console table design is the demilune, which is semi-circular or crescent shaped with a flat back side. The demilune table is designed to be pushed up against a wall and usually has 3 or 4 legs. It is perfect for smaller spaces because its frame is slightly more compact. Demilunes come in an array of styles, from the most formal and ornate to simple and casual.
Another nice feature of accent tables along with their beauty is how they are practical. Remember, they are a table and they have lovely, spacious surfaces where you can nicely set down and display pretty much anything that you want from family photos, to vases filled with flowers, and lamps to add extra lighting to your space. There are some that even feature different storage options like drawers, shelves, and cabinets, giving you a nice spot to tuck away books, magazines, remote controls, and even special keepsakes.
Coffee/ Cocktail Tables: The coffee, or cocktail table, is probably the most functional of the bunch. It is a low table typically placed in front of a sofa where magazines can be placed and coffee or cocktails served. Here, the general rule of thumb is that you should look for a table that is at or about the same height as your sofa or chair seat cushion, but no more than an inch or two shorter as you do not want it to be difficult or uncomfortable for your guests to reach. Another current design trend is to opt for the oversized ottoman as coffee table. By placing a tray on top of an oversized ottoman, you create a more stable surface and an attractive focal point.
In sum, when choosing any furniture for your home, make sure to take proper measurements and consider the size and style of the room and the furniture you already have in it. You sit there looking at the empty space in your room wondering what you could fill it with. Maybe you should try something with both style and function. Fill that space with an accent table and you'll forget that it was ever empty.