Side table help...
jdmaher
May 8, 2013 in Design Dilemma
The arms of my sofa are 23" high. All of these tables are taller by 2-3". Can I make them work or look for new? The room is "beachy contemporary" and the coffee table is light wood with polished steel base..
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jdmaher
Anyone? Bumping myself up in the cue... ;)
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jjohnston020
These are made of wine barrels and could fit pretty well with the white you have here.

You can find them at etsy.com/shop/WineSpirations

Jacob
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brody1313
of the three, I would try the round light weight one....like the things you have going for you in your room.....
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wickedwhite
I like the first one. Are you getting the rug too?
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50kukubirds
all of these tables are beautiful, but maybe a tad too formal for the look and feel of your room. How about something a little more rustic?
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Barbara Griffith Designs
Can you show us the coffee table??
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studio10001
It is perfectly acceptable to have the table slightly higher than the sofa arm. The metal tables might look well together, assuming they balance w the overall seating arrangement.
0 Likes   May 8, 2013 at 8:40PM
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Maison Pompeii Antiques and Interiors
I do like the round rustic table with nail head trim you showed and it will work well with beach theme. The key I feel to the height of a side table is: Can you easily place a glass on the table without making an contorted move? Then depending on the size you choose to be comfortable you can then chose your lamps height so as to balance the look as well as provide task lighting (like reading). The fabrics you have choosen look like they will round out your beach theme. Watch the amount of polished metal you use for the contemporary part of the look or the room will start to look incongruent. That is why I like the round taable with the nail heads because it is a nice mix of beach and contemporary where the other two tables are more contemporary only in my opinion.
2 Likes   May 9, 2013 at 3:26AM
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Gabberts Design Studio
Of the three tables, I prefer the round one with nail heads. I'd like to see a picture of the coffee table though...
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Gabberts Design Studio
Also, 2-3 inches higher will work. As long as it's not uncomfortable for you.
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Cheryl House_Maiorano
The rule of thumb in design is 3" above or below the arm, anywhere between is fine. The 2nd table seems to accomplish the look you like best
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Genevieve
I was thinking of this style :)

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studio10001
Good point, Ipmaneche. Because the question was posed in the plural, I jumped to the conclusion that two were being sought out, but perhaps not...if so, were you thinking of a matched pair? I agree about the style of the round being preferable, but think two of them might prove awkward looking.
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Nancy Travisinteriors
Love your room good job. Very cozy. Love 2nd table the best. Very different. Where are you getting it? The first one would look good on other side. But I hate the matchy look.
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jdmaher
Gabberts Design, this picture is the inspiration for the coffee table. We are going for polished steel (not chrome pictured) and we are eliminating the bottom shelf. It is being custom and the planks will be more obvious...

I prefer the second table.

The images are from a showroom (including the one with the couch...though those are my fabrics.).

I want to do matching side tables, but the general concensus here seems not too??
1 Like   May 9, 2013 at 4:47PM
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jdmaher
Do people not do matching side tables anymore? I think I want the symmetry of it. BTW, the picture of the couch is not my space, its the showroom!
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studio10001
It's not done alot anymore, except by showrooms.
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dclostboy
I like the third one...definitely a pair is needed...one for each arm.
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dclostboy
But if you're having coffee table made...why not shorter side tables too, in complementary design (like the third pic). Mirror, concrete or resin (with seashells??) might be fun.
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Amelia's Decorating and Design LLC
It would be best if you show us the space you will be putting the table in. Design should be in context. If we do not know what it is relating to then the opinions will always be all over the place. Would you post a picture of the style of your sofa, the space, and other decoration in the room?
0 Likes   May 10, 2013 at 6:40AM
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Maison Pompeii Antiques and Interiors
matching or unmatched side tables are both being done and both look good. It really depends on how formal the room is and what is pleasing to your eye. I like both looks but definitley I like to use matching lamps that end up at the same height. If using a floor lamp on one side then obviously the height is not important any more. When using tables that are not matching they should have the same visual weight so a heavy chest on one side and a table with long spindly legs on the other may look unbalanced. One very popular look right now is a very tailored box pleated table skirt which with the beach contemporary theme may look real cool with the right fabric.
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Lynn Madyson, ASID, IFDA, NKBA
I like the 2 metal end tables...and no - do not match them...that is a very passe way of thinking in design. Mismatching creates more interest. I am a professional interior designer and completely agree with the response that 2-3" above or below is perfectly acceptable for side table.
1 Like   May 10, 2013 at 8:24AM
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studio10001
Agreed; much easier on the eye, now we see the coffee table.
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jdmaher
Lynn Madyson, would you mismatch any of my choices or would you look elsewhere?

Cant show the space - new home and the pics I have are only on paper... small though - 14 x 12 (14" is where the couch will be. Couch is 89", so I have roughly 3" on either side...) Im thinking of BM's Woodlawn Blue for the walls, as I have a chair that is that same tone... Thoughts?

Anyone have any links to side tables that woul
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Amelia's Decorating and Design LLC
Understandable. From the ones you posted I would mix the 2nd and 4th picture they are the same finish and have the same openness to them.
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jdmaher
Thanks everyone for your comments.

My least favorite table is the first one I posted. I will continue to search for tables...maybe have something custom done, as well. If anyone has any links to other ideas for side tables, I would surely appreciate them!
1 Like   May 10, 2013 at 12:40PM
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Amelia's Decorating and Design LLC
Try Jonathan Adler they have beautiful things www.jonathanadler.com
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leelee
Definitely not the O table with the metal and glass. The other two are great. Here's another that might work. You've done a fabulous job--your place looks great!
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Linda Clayton Interiors
The scale of the 2 iron tables are too small for the scale of the sofa. Definitely go with the wood 2 shelf table. It fits the beachy look you are going for. It is fine that it is 2" taller. It will actually look better than a table that gets lost under the arm of the sofa. Don't go with that floral fabric you have laid on the pillow. Instead look for something a little more fun and beachy and bold. There are some great fabrics that have shells and sea horses but are more contemporary than the old shell fabrics. Top the table off with a fun lamp and you have a great look going.
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mrs1916
Higher doesn't work, in my opinion. Trying to rest a drink is so awkward (my big problem was the functionality). Ran into this when I moved in with my husband. I wanted to chop down the legs on his tabes. He wouldn't let me, so I bought a new couch with arms the same height as the back!
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kimdem
I just checked and several of my end tables are a couple inches taller than the sofa they are next to and I think they look fine. If it's not a huge difference, I don't think it matters. I like the 2nd table best.
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leelee
I like a slightly higher end table or at least arm height. It's awkward to place a drink on a table that's lower than the arm of the sofa.
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Kate
Hi, I also like the tiered table. In keeping with the beachy style I would not add another metal table since your coffee table is metal as well. I would also suggest, a square at one end and round on the other to not be to formal with matching. The end tables need not be the exact height (within a few inches) and should they be different you can adjust the overall height with the lamp heights and using different but similar lamps on the ends. For a more casual and interesting look stay away from too symmetrical and too much shinny.
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catscats
I like Kimdem's table's. If you want to go wood, find a good carpenter and have your tables made to your specifications, size, height, wood choice, fancy, plain, or whatever you want. I did that and am very pleased with the results and didn't cost as much, for what I received, as I would have paid in a store.
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Tres McKinney Design
With an arm height of 23" I recommend not going higher than 26"-27" higher. I like how the round leater table works with the coffee table (the nickle nail heads compliment the chrome base of the coffee table and the tan leather the driftwood colored top. The table on the opposite end can be different but should compliment the other two. Don't try to use matching lamps if the tables are a different height. Instead consider a table lamp on the round table and a floor lamp at the other end with a smaller side table.
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Maison Pompeii Antiques and Interiors
Since you prefer symmetry but it may be too formal looking for the beach feel I think the round table with the nail heads and then a floor lamp on the other side will work very well for you. You can use a garden seat etc at that end of the sofa so you have a place to put a drink down. Cant wait to see your finished product.
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