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!
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?
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!
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.
Interior 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.
Bunching 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!