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The Occasional Table Guide - What Is An Occasional Table?

Tables known as ‘occasional’ have no designated, defined, or specified use. But the other side of the coin is these tables can be used almost anywhere, and for almost any purpose. While not a dining table, a coffee table or a console table by definition, an occasional table can serve the functions of these tables. 

With the portability of occasional tables, this means they can be easily moved and can therefore work in almost any space in your home. These super handy tables can also work on their own or as part of an arrangement with other furniture items. When looking to buy an occasional table, it is useful to know that many are listed as ‘side’ tables.


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1. Uses of Occasional Tables

Occasional tables are often used in living rooms. Placed next to a chair or a sofa, they are ideal for drinks, lamps, books and other items that are best if they are placed near to hand. An occasional table can be used in the hallway as a handy place to hold an entrance lamp and your keys. 

In the bedroom, the occasional table can work as a side table next to a bedroom armchair, or next to the bed as a nightstand. Alternatively, a pair of occasional tables can serve as stylish bedside tables. Even the bathroom can benefit from an elegant occasional table to hold candles, folded hand towels or fresh flowers. 


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2. Popular Styles of Occasional Tables

With an almost infinite amount of styles available, there are occasional tables to suit every style of interior. You can also choose just how fabulous you want your table to be. Perhaps a subtle table that blends in with your décor is what you are looking for. Equally, you can choose an occasional table that is a stylish statement in its own right. 

 There are elegant, art deco-inspired metal, occasional tables, boho-chic tables, Chinese drum tables, and even Moroccan Ottomans that serve as an occasional table. Shapes of occasional tables can be round, square, triangle, oblong or any other shape you can find. Materials used are also widely varied, from wood to glass, a variety of metals and metal finishes, marble and more. 


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3. Styling Your Occasional Tables

As with any styling, there are no rules – certainly not here! How you style anything in your home is a personal and reflection of you, your taste and how you want to interpret trends. What there are however, are some practical tips and ideas that can help you style your occasional table.

Firstly, only place something heavy on an occasional table if it has a strong base. Next, the size of the table top will determine how you can style it. For example, a lamp may require a slim base to work. To accessorise, candles, fresh flowers are always attractive, while books and drink coasters are a practical choice, but even these can always be an attractive addition to an occasional table.



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