I feel like the coffee and occasional tables get all the attention, and for good reason. But for both our living and family rooms I needed a table behind the sofa to solve multiple problems – the sofa table. My problems were as follows: A. The coffee tables in both rooms are just a bit too far away to easily set down a drink, B. We needed a lamp but had no room for a side table (family room) and C. I don’t love the when the back of a sofa is super prominent (although these don’t bother me at all) but a pretty table is always pretty.
If you could also use a sofa table here are some rules/guidelines to help you find the right one!
- Ideally, at least 2/3rds the length of the sofa.
- Don’t go too deep! Keep in-between 12″-20″.
- Should be around the same height or no more than 6″ lower than the back of your sofa (helps with visual impact). If you have a higher backed sofa go for higher, lower go for lower.
- Best if it looks visually light so go for open shelves! Sofas are chunky, so something that looks visually lighter is best (Could be a bookshelf, glass front cabinet, or more of an open table like mine).
I really liked the table I found (made by Purl) so he cut it down to the right height. Once against the sofa it felt empty underneath so I we were going to add either two mushroom stools, two ottomans, or some baskets. But then I had all these books that I love with no bookshelf so I stacked them there and I love how they look.
For the family room (not shown above:)), I wanted something chunkier to work with the chunkiness of the sofa. Originally, I wanted black but I couldn’t find anything that worked. Then I realized that wood would be even better and tie in with the wood coffee table and all the wood/gold frames on the wall (sorry, I know I haven’t revealed this yet). I found this one at Pottery Barn and ended up getting two because together they fit PERFECTLY, looking almost built-in or custom.
So since I am now a sofa table/console advocate, here are 10 of our favorites online currently. Of course please check the measurements to make sure they work with your sofa!
This one is so versatile but very modern Scandi, has a ton of styling potential and is great if you have a sofa with a back that’s 28″ or a little higher. If your sofa is nice and long, you can easily get two of these so they look almost like one long unit.
This one is already a great length and would be perfect in a more modern-leaning or industrial styled home. The different cubby sizes also give it a good amount of visual interest while still being a sleek, simple piece.
So while this is a media cabinet, it would work great as a sofa table/cabinet. It actually looks very similar to the ones I got for the family room but at a more affordable price point!
Oh, this one is very pretty with those clean lines and mix of open and closed sections. I really love this walnut wood tone but it also comes in a white and black oak too! Plus, I know Blu Dot’s quality is really good so it’s definitely worth the price if it’s within your budget.
Why not add some texture while getting a sofa table?! Plus the overall pill shape is so cute and a little unexpected which I love. It’s also 60″ so it’s not a bad length either!
Always, take note of length. Since you want your table to be at least 2/3rds the length of your sofa, you might need to get two that can easily look like a single unit like I did in my family room. A piece like this one is a stand alone since the ends are rounded. Hope that makes sense.
At $55 how can you beat it? Sure you’d likely need to purchase two but at that price it’s much more doable. Plus, the design is simple and easy to mix into a ton of styles!
Well, this one has farmhouse written all over it. And look at the sweet joinery! I definitely love so much about this one but if you want some storage (like a second shelf) you might want to consider that before purchasing. Otherwise, it’s so good!
Talk about a super cool option! It’s a piece of art in and of itself. It’s also 72″ long which is incredible. If you like the style but wish it was in a lighter wood, don’t worry. It also comes in oak:)
I know we just featured this guy in our fall collections post yesterday but it’s too good not to talk about again. And actually, the one we featured was in the darker color so it’s a little different. It was also designed by Lawson-Fenning which is why it’s so good. I love the single drawer detail and how easy it is to change up the shelf heights.
I really appreciate some extra storage and this one is great! Not only is it real pretty and has those three drawers, but you can also easily throw some storage baskets or bins underneath it.
A 70″ piece that’s under $200 is a great deal. Also it’s definitely for a more rustic, industrial style.
I can almost bet you are going to need two of these (unless you have a small sofa) but it’s so cute that why wouldn’t you want to? The light wood is so pretty and I love the shape of the legs in this wood too.
Those are all of our currently favorites but you can also always check on Craigslist or thrift stores too. Remember that you can “customize” most anything a little like I did with the one in my living room. Hope you will soon enjoy all the pleasures of a sofa table:) xx
Opening Image Credits: Photo by Kaitlin Green | From: The HIGHLY Anticipated…Farmhouse Living Room Reveal – Let’s Get Into It:) + LOOK! MOM! I’M ON YOUTUBE!