Published at Tuesday, August 20th 2019, 21:26:05 PM. Sofa Tables. By Chiyoko Inoue.
A lot of people just leave their sofa tables a blank canvas. Perhaps they put a lamp there, or a photo or two, or to accent the fireplace and mantle. But there's so much more you can do with sofa tables. You can help set the tone of the entire room with the right décor or setting. You can create something that's very romantic, timeless, rustic or even exotic. The choice is really yours.
A sofa table is tall and thin, and typically used behind a sofa, hence the name. On average, they are 30-32 inches high, 14-18 inches deep and 48-55 inches long. This table type is most useful in a large room where the seating area is divided from the rest, and can be used in several configurations. The classic English country house interior centers around a seating area, usually around a fireplace; two sofas are placed facing each other and at right angles to the fire; behind each sofa is a sofa table. A coffee table, or large ottoman, sits between the sofas.
Sofa tables are a common piece of furniture in most living rooms as an accent piece. Sofa tables are not new to the world of home décor, having been around since the 1700s. Around this time the most common living room pieces, sofas and settees, were made with a high back. Most of the people's attention was called to the high backs, which were very decorative. As the furniture styles changed, the backs were lowered, leaving a lot of open space. To compensate for this empty space, furniture designers attempted to make adjustments.
Once you decide on a color for your walls, you can get a sofa that goes with it and blends well. Very seldom do people get just a sofa, however. They usually purchase a set consisting of a sofa, loveseat and chair or recliner. Many chose to go with a sectional, which will allow them plenty of sitting room, too. Although the walls and the sofa are the most important part of your living room, they are far from everything. In fact, you'll consider a living room with only a sofa or sofa set as quite incomplete. The accessories you chose will be what will make or break your room décor.
The sofa tables which originated during the late seventeen and early eighteen hundreds were very much intentional. The upholstered sofa did not appear at that time as we can see today. The settee was the standard before that period, which would be paired with a sofa table.
If you're unfamiliar with sofa tables, let's review them briefly. Created in the 18th century, sofa tables are a tall, thing and long table. They are about two-thirds the length of the sofa and the top comes up to the edge of the back of the sofa, and ideally, just a little bit lower.
Do you have a living room with a lot of space and seating room, but you never seem to have enough tabletop area to hold all the drinks, snacks and other items that everyone at your home wants to set down. It's time to call in some sofa tables.