Allison Whitehead. End Table. January 29th , 2018.
It doesnt necessarily have to be an end table. Also remember that end tables can be just about anything you can imagine. Some nightstands look like end tables, and some wicker cubes can also be great end tables if they have a lid. Just remember that the style of the piece is more important than what the piece was actually designed for. Make sure that any end table you choose is about the same size as the furniture you already have. Dainty tables do not work well with huge pieces of furniture, and modern furniture doesnt match very well with some antique tables. Measure, Measure, Measure.
If youve ever been to a friends home that is long on seating and short on table space in the living room or great room, then you know how important coffee and end table sets are. These little beauties not only give you a place to set stuff, like a table lamp and your remotes, but they can also help set the style of your room and really give it personality. Too often, coffee and end table sets are an afterthought. While some people like to buy the pieces individually, usually a coffee table first, then the end tables, you can also purchase them as a matched set.
If you do have small end tables that are open, you may want to consider adding a contrasting linen or lace piece to the top and even have it extend over and down the sides some. This will give your table a bit more bulk without taking up added space. For really small homes, you can eliminate one of the end tables entirely. While its nice to have end tables on both ends for convenience and balance, there is no hard and fast rule requiring this. You may be able to make due with a single table and perhaps add a floor lamp on the other side to add light and even things out visually.
When selecting tables youll find theres an endless selection, particularly online. Not constrained by available showroom space, these retailers have literally hundreds and hundreds of tables to choose from. To narrow your selection, start by the style, then the size. Many end tables come in different sizes. You also want to pay particularly attention to the height. Theres no set standard height of an end table, but the general rule of thumb is that it should be within two inches of the furniture it is next to, so guests dont have to reach down to set a glass or dish while they visit.
Once many people learn about the charm and past that can be connected to antique end tables, they want one of their own. This makes sense. Who wouldnt want a conversation piece in their home that is from plantation life during the Civil war, or out of a castle in Europe. Not everyone has a budget to purchase large antique pieces. Tens of thousands of dollars for a large antique desk or armoire may not be a part of your budget, as thats a lot of money to be out for one piece of furniture. Antique end tables, on the other hand, are much more affordable options that still can have the same impact on your home. Once you know you want to have a few antique end tables in your home, you need to proceed carefully. Unfortunately, because of the popularity of antiques, thanks to the same TV show that made you like them, there are many people who are trying to pass off fake pieces as real antique end tables.
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