Whether you call it an accent table, an end table, or a side table, those little tables that fit nicely into small spaces can be tricky to choose. There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing an accent table, but I have four steps to choosing the right accent table that will make your job so much easier! Follow these four easy steps before you begin your search and I promise you will save yourself time, headaches, and the potential heartache of finding a piece you love that doesn’t work in your space.
How to Choose the Right Accent Table:
1. Measure your space
This is the key first step that many people over look. You need to know what your space will accommodate before you being your search. Measure the width and length of the space available, taking into account traffic patterns – do people need to be able to pass by the piece? Make sure when you measure to leave enough room for people to walk comfortably between the new table and existing furniture. A good rule of thumb is to leave 2’5″-3′ for a walkway between furniture so people can comfortably move around your living space without bumping into furniture or feeling cramped. You will also want to measure the arm height of the furniture that will be next to any new pieces. For example, I measured the arm of my sofa that is directly next to the new accent table in order to determine a good height for the table. You generally want your table to be 1″-3″ shorter than the arm of the sofa or chair so that guests can comfortably place a drink onto the table without reaching up too high or down too low.
2. Consider current problems and how to solve them
When buying a new end table you have the ability to solve existing problems. For me, my old end table had no storage, which meant my remote controls were out for everyone to see. I considered that a problem I would like to resolve. So I knew I needed a new end table with a drawer, or at least a shelf where I could put a basket for small storage. The new Navy Table from Target fixed my problem because now I have somewhere to store those pesky remotes.
3. Consider the existing style, colors, and materials in the room
So often we begin searching for a piece of furniture and think of it as a stand-alone piece, but good design means considering all the pieces in a room. Take a moment to look around the room and note the floor color, wall color, furnishings as well as the shape and style of these pieces. There should be a color pallet that is evident. For example, my living room has warm wood flooring, white walls and sofas, and accents of blue, teal, and red with a traditional style incorporating clean lines and curved sofa arms. The metal finish is gold (as seen in the image of my other side table, above). When searching for a new table I kept all this in mind. And when I saw this awesome yellow side table, I was able to pass because even though I loved it, I knew it wouldn’t go with the room because yellow is not in the color palette of the room and this table is hexagonal, which wouldn’t work well next to my sofa and wall (a hexagon peg in a square hole.) Also, it did not solve my remote problem, mentioned in step 2, so it was out. Sad face. Because I knew the colors, finishes, and style of my living room I was able to narrow my search quickly instead of drowning in a sea of possibilities.
4. Determine a budget
After you have measured your space, decided what problems need solving, and considered the existing elements of your room, make sure you decide on your budget. I am an online shopper, like many of you, and I love that I can filter my searches to only show products within my price range. Some tables may fit the other three criteria but be WAY outside of what is doable for me and my family. I would rather not fall in love with a piece of furniture, only to find out it is $100 over my budget and realize I cannot have it. Instead, I like to determine my budget and then search within that criteria. That way I see only the items that will truly work for me.
After you have followed these four easy steps, you can begin your search for a new accent table. Now you will have an idea of the size, the elements needed (like a drawer), color/finish/style, and price point, you should be able to find a table that work well in your space. This is the table I found at Target:
I am in love. My original accent table was also from Target and it moved to the other side of the room. As you can see from the before photo, it was not a good fit. It was too small for the space, did not have the storage needed, and the wood top matches my flooring which means the table doesn’t have a lot of presence in the room. The after photo illustrates how the right table can really bring a room together. This Navy Table anchors the sofa and grounds the room more. It was the first thing the husband noticed when he walked through the door after work and he instantly said “I like it.” Which is high praise from him. I did pick up a few accents for this table too.
I know what you might be thinking, “Is Kleenex really considered an accessory?” lol. Well, no, but I did need Kleenex and this Kleenex container is really cute. It just happens to go well with my new little table, and the flowers have a little yellow in them – since I couldn’t have the awesome yellow table above, this satisfies my desire for a pop of springtime yellow in my life. And I was sorta proud I could make a Kleenex box look so good – a not so #humblebrag. I do love that this table and the accessories could be bought in one quick trip to Target. #TargetStyle. I did all my research for the table on their website and found that this table was available in my local store. So I went and picked it up along with the accessories and was on my way within 30 minutes. Yeah, 30 minutes! I know, I was surprised too. Usually I get lost in Target-land and cannot stop looking at all the pretties, but I had amazing self control that day! lol. You can do it too… maybe, if the stars align just right and you find that you HAVE to leave to go pick up your child from school. But before you walk in, consider the four steps to choosing the right accent table and then find your style @targetstyle.