Cocktail Tables: Shape, Size & Function

Cocktail tables, also known as coffee tables to some, can truly make or break a room. This one piece of furniture can help dictate the style of furniture that is to be used in the home BUT more thought needs to be put into it than simply the style. It is important to consider the shape, size, and purpose of the cocktail table you are purchasing.
The first thing to consider is what you are planning to use your cocktail table for. Do you need additional storage? Do you host parties, and need a surface for appetizers and drinks? Or are you simply looking for a relaxing place to rest your feet? Would you like additional seating for large crowds? Your answer to these questions, can truly define the type of coffee table you will need. The cocktail tables pictured below demonstrate how you can incorporate storage and/or multiple functions into the design. For example, you can layer a hard surface rectangular table, over a square ottoman to use for space and comfort. For storage, hidden internal compartments create additional areas to store those extra blankets or toys out of sight. If seating is of concern, it is very easy to slide small cubes under a cocktail table. When tucked away, you achieve a finished look. But the cubes, when pulled out, can serve as storage, seating, or individual foot rests for multiple guests.

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Once this is decided, you can begin to consider the size and shape of the cocktail/coffee table you wish to purchase. Squares and Circles are great shapes as they tend to have the ability to service more people; especially if you have a space with two sofas or a sectional in your room. As you can see in the pictures below, both the round and the square cocktail table could be easily used by someone sitting at any location.

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The more traditional shape of a rectangle is perfect when you only need the table to be accessed by one sitting area. If you wish to jazz up the traditional look to compliment a more modern look, custom cocktail tables can be created. In the pictures below you can see how we can create a custom look that is tailored to your needs. If you need a more traditional, low-country look, but want dual functionality, CHD has padded antique tables to be used for comfort and service.

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As you can see, the possibilities for your cocktail table are endless! Let the professional design staff at CHD help you get the furniture piece you both need & want. We have many options available on our showroom floor in Murrells Inlet, SC and Mount Pleasant, SC but the world is our oyster! If you can’t find what you need, let us aid you in creating the perfect table that will be specifically unique to your home!


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