Sofa tables are one of my favorite ways to bring life and function to a living room or entranceway. They’re adaptable to nearly any space by furnishing a functional and fashionable accent that will effortlessly elevate the overall appearance, which lend to many creative sofa table ideas.
For most people, the sofa table is a design element, but it can also easily create a space for storage or furnish a nice buffer in between your wall and the rear of your couch. As such, the height of the sofa table ought to sit just below the top of the couch back.
The height of your sofa table ought to sit just below the top of the couch back.
Since they look great, you can put them everywhere, but many people put sofa tables right behind their sofas, which is where the name comes from. If you do, make sure it’s shorter than the couch itself, or the length could be visually jarring.
Considering that not all such tables go behind a sofa, it makes sense that they’re often called by other names. Another popular name for these types of furniture is console table. The terms can be used interchangeably, so don’t worry about getting it wrong!
If you do decide to decorate your sofa table, a nice lamp can become the envy of the rest of the room. Regarding the size of your sofa table, you want to base it on the height of both table and sofa. For larger ones, find a lamp about 30-35” tall. For smaller units, 26-30” is the best bet.
Some other sofa table ideas for decorating sofa (or console) tables include setting vases or flower pots on top, decorating the shelves with small sculptures, wicker baskets, candles, or even utilizing them as bookshelves.
From classic wooden designs to teak or even metal, the 35 sofa table ideas here offer a wide range of the design possibilities for anywhere in your home, from traditional and contemporary, to shabby chic, country, and mid-century modern.
1. Rustic Wooden Sofa Table Idea with Cabinets (Most Popular!)
The Chandler sofa table provides a heavy-duty country feel to your living room or hallway with distressed wood finishes and metal accent pieces. This sofa table is a prime example of rustic living and brings life and practicality to your home.
2. Dependable Console Table with Centralized Cabinetry
This solid pine wood table is finished by hand, so you know it’s good. It comes with a dark tobacco brown varnish and a lacquer to seal it in and protect it for years to come.
3. Shabby Chic Worn Buffet
This antiqued accent table is both classic and chic at the same time. The open shelf space underneath provides a place for your decorative elements, and the drawers give you added practicality as well.
4. Multipurpose Honey Brown Console Table
If the soft, natural honey brown finish wasn’t enough, this sofa table comes with two beautiful shelving spaces and four spacious drawers with brushed nickel knobs for a delicate accent.
5. Ultra-Modern Glass Sofa Table Idea
Talk about modern! I love this table idea, because there’s nothing else like it. You put this gorgeous glass piece anywhere in your home, and people are going to talk about it. Living room, hall, bedroom. It’s perfect.
6. Traditional Entryway Table with Serpentine Legs
If you’re looking for something that gives your entranceway a little life, but you also live and breath traditional, look no further. The legs are all rubbed with oil to give it that dark bronze finish.
7. Handsome Classic Table with Bun Feet
There is something utterly timeless about sphere feet on a console table. With a perennial elegance and simple, yet sophisticated air, this piece provides a rich sense of tradition and beauty.
8. Sleek Metal Sofa Table
Simple, simple, simple. The very definition of minimalist. This sofa table blends in effortlessly anywhere in the house. The legs are thin yet sturdy, and the two shelves are made of glass, so it fuses with virtually anything.
9. Traditional Side Table with Drawers
Classic and straightforward. The look of this table is both understated and thoroughly traditional. The hardwood finish and oak veneer give the wood a deluxe finish that doesn’t call attention to itself.
10. Minimal Charter Oak Wood Substitute Table
With some engineered-wood tables, the finishing doesn’t go all the way around. This one does, meaning you can put it anywhere, and it will look fantastic, clean, and modern.
11. Chocolate Hall Table
From its wood construction to the sturdy legs and thick shelving, to the ample drawer space, this table is about as dependable as they come. Great for the hallway or even the guest bedroom to provide a little decoration.
12. Solid Wood Sofa Table
This sofa table lives in the delicate space between traditional and minimal. Without any lower-level shelving, it is excellent for those who want to add an accent without cluttering up their space.
13. Vintage Xylophone Sofa Table
If your space needs some fun, but you want to keep it a little country too, this is your chance. The multi-colored, reclaimed look to the slat shelving and drawers provides a soft, pastel highlight to any rustic inspired living room or den.
14. Unique Half Circle Accent Table
The shape of this table sets it apart from others in the contemporary space. Finished with a dark brown shade, it looks great in smaller entranceways or against the wall in a hallway or bedroom.
15. Oxford Espresso Side Table with Single Drawer
This sofa table is a simplistic take on traditional without departing too far from the contemporary scene. It has one long drawer with two knobs for ease and the illusion of more, while the lattice work provides an interesting focal point.
16. Modesto Mixed Materials Sofa Table
For rooms with a combination of metal and wood finishes, this table provides a stellar complement. The shelving is a dark coffee finish, while the legs provide the ideal metal accent underneath.
17. Tobacco Brown Contemporary Console Table
The deep tobacco lacquer and finish to this table makes it feel stately, while the design provides a minimal, contemporary look. The button knobs furnish a pinprick flourish amidst a sea of brown.
18. Rustic Chic Sofa Table
While this table functions respectably behind the couch, you may find that it works equally well as a cocktail table or drink bar. Set a few wine glasses atop the beautiful wood-look shelving and give your room some class with a dose of the country.
19. Open Cognac Industrial Buffet
For the ultimate in versatility, look no further than this stylish, minimalist, industrial table. The mixed materials give you the ability to put it just about anywhere and have it fit right into the space instantly.
20. Distinctive Glass Accent Table
This fashionable glass sofa table has unique, abstract cutouts on either side of the two long, narrow shelving spaces, just right for extra decorative storage.
21. Cherry Wood Finish Entryway Sofa Table
To tie together your entrance hallway, place this beautiful, rich cherry wood finish table along the wall. Decorate the top shelf with flowers or books, and place extra storage below. The drawers provide even more hidden storage for keys or other belongings.
22. Metal Mission Oak Sofa Table
Oak finishes look good in just about any space. This tall side table has ample storage areas as well as extra metal bars along each side for a finish that’s ornate without being too fussy. Dress it up or down. It’s your choice!
23. Modern Sawhorse Console Table
Distressed yet clean, this sofa table features a thick surface and heavy-duty sawhorse beams for a clean look that’s rustic and chic all at the same time.
24. Dark Cherry Sofa Table with Central Drawer
Whether it’s behind the sofa or against the entryway wall, dark cherry sofa tables anchor their space with ease. The bronze hardware finish drawer pull equips the table with a singular accent as well.
25. Mango Wood Trestle Table
X marks the spot! For the ideal combination of modern, industrial, and a total eye-catcher, this is your sofa table. The beams and shelf are thick and sturdy, while the open undercarriage is just the right size for placing a small accent chair or stool.
26. Three Tier Cubby Buffet Sofa Table
There’s a lot going on with this piece, and with good reason! It has everything you could want, all in one table. Ample top counter space, multi-leveled side shelving, and not one, but two cabinets in the central console. For those that need it all!
27. Antique White Sofa Table
Stop right here for the ultimate in sturdy, rustic chic. The antique white finish makes this table feel vintage and contemporary in appearance while remaining dependable and versatile all the way through.
28. C-Shaped Cappuccino Sofa Table
It may be a wood substitute, but it certainly doesn’t look it. The curves of the support beams contrast beautifully with the straight edges of the top and bottom shelves. From every angle, there’s something interesting happening.
29. Postmodern Vintage Side Table
This tall, slender-legged masterpiece is flawlessly minimal. It’s a side table that blends equal parts modernism and antique shop into one seamless design. Add this to your space with a mid-century feel for the perfect touch.
30. Gray Wash Country Style Console Table
If oak or cherry isn’t your thing, try out this muted rural version of the sofa table. With its ample slatted bottom shelf storage, you can make use of multiple wicker bins for even more organization in a cluttered den or hallway.
31. Traditional/Transitional Sofa Table
Another open-air option for those that want to customize their sofa table with decorations of their own choosing. Though it’s somewhat traditional, with the right accouterments, this table can pretty much be anything you want it to be!
32. Multifunctional Entertainment Table
Sometimes, you want a piece of furniture that can work for several different purposes. Multifunctional tables do exactly that. This one could live behind your sofa, along the wall as a bookshelf, or even as an entertainment center for your TV. Talk about having options!
33. Reclaimed Teak Wood Glass Table
Spoiler alert: this might be my favorite table of the whole bunch. The teak reclaimed wood scrawled beneath the glass top contrast so nicely with one another and blend magnificently into a table that’s equally arresting and unique.
34. Hybrid Hall Table
A white oak finish. Geometric metalwork on the legs and support cross beams. Plenty of shelf space. There’s not a lot this side table doesn’t have. It’ll add more than a dash of class to any space that it calls home.
35. Old World Camel Sofa Table
Rounding out the list (pun intended) is a semi-circular table with a stunning, two-toned walnut finish. The apron sports inlay details that make the piece pop in a way that’s understated even as it represents the world of elegance and class.