Bring some function and style to your living space with this fresh new look at side tables
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Looking for a side table for your living room? There are a number of options to choose from – you just need to decide whether you want to add a touch of interest, show off your scheme, maximise the space, or simply provide an extra surface when you need it. Check out these clever ideas to find a side table that suits your needs.
Grab some cube shelves
Some lateral thinking is always useful when it comes to designing a room. Here, a couple of cube shelves have been put to good use and stacked as a side table. The effect is more interesting than a usual table, and it allows for some flexibility. If another surface is needed, the top cube can be removed and placed elsewhere.
Split up your coffee table
If you can’t find a large coffee table, consider grouping smaller versions. Two square tables form an attractive shape in the centre of this living room. It’s a simple idea, but very effective and again gives the added bonus of flexibility.
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Put it on wheels
A drinks trolley makes an interesting alternative to the standard side table. This one adds a touch of vintage glamour to the space. The wheels are practical too and allow the table to be moved around as needed.
Revisit the nested table
Nested tables have had a revival lately. Here, they’ve been reinvented in a very modern way. The block design and tonal colours look stunning together, and there’s no arguing with the practicality – three surfaces in one is a win-win.
Double it up as a seat
Create a soft look in your living room by using a padded stool as a table. If you’re worried everything will fall off, place a tray on top to act as a hard surface. This one complements the tones in the sofa and cushions, and can double up as a handy footstool or seat.
Pop in some perspex
Stop your side table overshadowing other items in the room by opting for a perspex version. Bright colours and bold patterns dominate this space, so the transparent side table provides an unobtrusive surface in the background.
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Repurpose a dining table
No space for a permanent dining table? How about this clever idea? A drop-leaf table sits neatly in the corner and works as a unique side table and drinks storage. As soon as guests come round for dinner, it can be pulled out and transformed into a dining table.
Go back to nature
Bring an earthy feel into your living space by using a tree trunk as a side table. This one has been beautifully restored to form a smooth surface. It warms up the grey colour scheme and ties in with the exposed beams above.
Take the lid off
For a versatile surface, look out for a side table with a tray on top. This one is perfectly designed to slot over your lap, but the tray can also be removed for full TV-dinner indulgence. If you fancy one of these, hunt around as there are tray tables on the market to suit all budgets.
Make the most of radiator covers
In this pretty space, the radiator cover doubles up as a handy side table. If you’ve covered your own radiator, think about how you can arrange your seating to maximise its potential. Place an armchair beside it and a lamp on top to create a cosy, warm corner.
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