Occasional tables buying guide

Read the Furniture Village occasional tables buying guide for help choosing side tables, coffee tables and more.

Always measure up first

Before you look at occasional tables, make sure you measure up – it’s important to choose a table that fits in, size-wise, with your room and your existing furniture.
A tall occasional table could be perfect for that nook in the living room, while an occasional table with storage would suit a hallway.

Get it in proportion

A coffee table that’s too large for your living room means bruised knees and awkward shuffling to get to the sofa. And an oversized console table will overcrowd a hall. Measure up carefully and, if you need to, make a paper floor plan to see what fits. Something smaller will serve the same purpose and make the room appear larger.

Shape matters

Shape is as important as size when it comes to occasional tables. A square coffee table can work surprisingly well in a smaller living room, for example, between two sofas placed at right angles. Round occasional tables are very in vogue, think chic marble-topped side tables with metal legs. And Ercol’s signature pebble shaped nest of tables from their Originals range never loses its appeal.