Published at Saturday, September 07th 2019, 06:49:16 AM. Sofa Tables. By Hisae Miura.
Some people wonder if they can really put a sofa table into their living room, and it's not about the money. They think there isn't enough space in their living room because they have a small floor plan. This is actually a time when sofa tables shine. Since they are right up against the sofa they take up less space than using a coffee table would, since there does not have to be room to move around the table.
During this time, the fireplace was both the focus and center of the room, so the sofa or settee was often located near the fireplace. The purpose of this was for both warmth and light. Sofa tables, at that time, were behind the sofa as they were narrow and long like the sofas and settees. They are still used this way today. Unlike most end or console tables that are used for storage or beverages, modern sofa tables are usually for decorative purposes.
Sofa tables are indeed similar and date back to about the same time, the 1600s and 1700s. Originally they were used as an impromptu writing desk, being placed higher and behind a settee or sofa. While note writing fell out of fashion, at least while at the sofa, the sofa table continued to be a popular addition to homes, providing a convenient place for candles in the pre-electric light age and making the sofa look a little more attractive when it was set in the middle of a room as opposed to being against the wall.
Shopping for furniture can be tiring and frustrating. Typical furniture showrooms are large, and give a false idea of the size of the furniture you're looking at. Be careful to understand the terminology and measure your room and existing furniture carefully before you go shopping. If possible make a plan of your room and how you want to lay it out, then buy furniture to fit the plan, don't change the plan to fit the furniture. There are several different types of table, and some have more than one name.
If you haven't used them before, traditional sofa tables are tables that are meant to fit right up behind the sofas in your home to offer another counter space.
That's one of the great things about console and sofa tables. They let you add a lot of personality to a room. While some people think they are still just good for candlesticks and a bowl of fruit, these tables let you express yourself, not only through the type of table you choose, but also what you choose to display on it.
Sofa tables are elegant pieces of furniture designed to occupy a small space and yet carry the ornament for a room. Sofa and table should be in harmony; together they bring a sense of refinement to any interior.