Twice is Nice

Sometimes finding the right cocktail table can drive me to drink. Literally! The problem is that rooms have become massive, and so have sectionals and sofas. Finding a cocktail table that is the right scale and fills the void between these pieces can be almost impossible unless you end up having something custom built. But, I have a trick to share with you my friends, that will ease your coffee table woes. Instead of embarking on the never-ending search for one table, consider doubling up and using two!

lonny mag IInterior design by Jeff Andrews. Photography by Tim Street-Porter. Image via Trad Home Magazine.

This photograph illustrates perfectly what I am talking about. If one large cocktail table was selected to float in front of the sectional, it would have completely dominated the room and been difficult to maneuver around. By selecting two tables, the look is lighter. Plus, why wouldn’t you double the glam factor by doing two antique brass and onyx tables?

elle decor IInterior design by Thom Filicia. Photography by William Waldron. Image via Elle Decor.

If you have fallen in love with a table that is too narrow for your space, you can twin them just like designer Thom Filicia has done in his SoHo apartment. I love how they are slightly offset. Keep in mind, that a simple base is a must if you plan to layout your tables like this. Too many ornate legs would be a hot mess!

elle decor IIInterior design by Frank Roop. Photography by Eric Roth. Image via Elle Decor.

Smaller tables can work well too, as seen in this room by Frank Roop. This is a great tactic, especially when you have a large room with two furniture groupings. If both seating areas require a coffee table, then select one large table for one area, and two smaller tables for the other arrangement. It keeps the layout from being predictable. Small cocktail tables that are square and are meant to be placed beside each other are called bunching tables.

veranda IInterior design by Nancy Braithwaite. Photography by John Coolidge. Image via Veranda Magazine.

Twins aren’t always identical and that goes for cocktail tables too. Utilizing similar tables is a unique way of handling the situation in between a u-shaped sectional. Since they are made of the same material they compliment each other in this small space. It goes to show that two is better than one even when space is limited.

vanguard tableBunching Table by Vanguard Furniture

My Calgary interior design firm, Corea Sotropa Interior Design, is currently working on a living room project where we are using two of these bunching tables by Vanguard Furniture for a client’s living room. I adore the gently curving feminine lines and high contrast finish between the white vellum and dark stained wood finish. I can’t wait to see them installed!

When planning your living room furniture layout, consider two coffee tables instead of one. As you can see, twice is definitely nice!



10 Comments on Twice is Nice

  1. Nyla
    July 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm (8 years ago)

    Oh I really love this idea. I just suggested two smaller ‘ottoman’ tables rather than one large to my client today. Such a versatile option!

  2. Danielle Hardy
    July 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm (8 years ago)

    LOVE this!! It adds to much elegance and interest to the rooms 🙂 thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. admin
    July 9, 2011 at 6:07 am (8 years ago)

    Thanks for stopping in Danielle! I’m so happy you enjoyed the post.

  4. admin
    July 9, 2011 at 6:08 am (8 years ago)

    I love the idea of two ottomans. I’m sure your client will love it!

  5. Zoe
    July 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm (8 years ago)

    I’m wondering if you know where to find the deep peacock blue sofa shown in the Frank Roop room. I am on a quest for the “perfect sofa” and (depending on price) this might fill the bill!


  6. carol ann from camdesign
    July 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm (8 years ago)

    Lately I have been specking coffee table with a ottoman beside or 4 ottomans on casters that have flip tops so they can be any amount of table tops or leather tuffed tops etc.
    we have a great one I use called a Leo… check it out sometime if your at Lazboy…

  7. Danielle Hardy
    July 17, 2011 at 10:09 pm (8 years ago)

    Love the pictures and the ideas 🙂 Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. admin
    July 18, 2011 at 11:44 am (8 years ago)

    Hi Zoe – sorry for the delay in responding to your comment!
    The article from Elle Decor that this photo is taken from say the designer had the sofa custom made and covered in a linen velvet by Donghia. I think your best bet would be to take the sofa to an upholsterer or furniture maker and see if they can reproduce it. I’m glad you found the perfect sofa – sorry I couldn’t be of more help!

  9. admin
    July 18, 2011 at 11:45 am (8 years ago)

    Great tip Carol Ann! Thanks for stopping by.

  10. admin
    July 18, 2011 at 11:45 am (8 years ago)

    Thanks! I appreciate the comment!

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