Most types of tables are fairly self-explanatory. Dining tables are used to dine at and are typically found in dining rooms. Sofa tables are placed behind your sofa. Entry tables are placed in the entryway of your home. Side tables are placed, not surprisingly, to the side of another piece of furniture, such as a couch or bed. But what about occasional tables? What are they and where are they typically found in a home?
What is an Occasional Table?
The term “occasional table” is a catch-all phrase for a table that can be placed just about anywhere in your home. It is a type of table that is most often used for decorative purposes—to hold items such as plants, knick-knacks, or other small décor items—and doesn’t normally have a functional purpose like other tables do. Occasional tables can be used to provide dimension to a room or as a way to display interesting or beautiful items that can’t be hung on the wall.
But occasional tables can also be pieces of art themselves. Since they don’t have to be as durable or practical as other types of tables that see regular or even heavy use, your occasional table can have intricate details included or be a bit daintier. Occasional tables also tend to be on the smaller size, so they offer a great opportunity to splurge on a type of exotic hardwood that might be cost prohibitive to use in a larger table.
How Does an Occasional Table Differ from a Coffee Table?
In some homes, coffee tables are used purely for displaying items in the same way an occasional table is. A coffee table may hold some attractive books, as well as other types of décor items. But, unlike occasional tables, in many homes, coffee tables are functional pieces of furniture. They are used to hold drinks and snacks that are consumed while sitting on the couch. Some people even use their coffee tables as ottomans—placing their feet on them as they watch television or work from home. In addition, you’ll often find items like remote controls, magazines, coasters, and other daily-use items on the coffee tables in many homes.
Coffee tables and occasional tables also tend to differ in size. The top of an occasional table will most often be smaller than the top of a coffee table, but an occasional table will be taller than a coffee table. A standard coffee table will be about 12-14 inches tall, while an occasional table can be any height, but is typically 18-24 inches tall.
What Type of Occasional Table Do I Need for my Temecula, Murrieta, or Menifee Home?
The beauty of a custom occasional table is that it can be anything you want it to be! If you have a nook in your home that you’re not quite sure what to do with, you can have an occasional table built that will fit the space perfectly. Or maybe you have a special antique or souvenir that you want to display. An occasional table could be designed just for that piece.
The options are endless! Contact us at Smith Farms to have an occasional table (or any other type of table) designed and built for your home in Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, or any of the surrounding areas.