51 Types of Tables for Your Home
Like sofas, tables are essential furniture pieces that complete any interior design. There are different types of tables that can spruce up and add function to your flat. These are where we gather, share meals, and store items. From big tables to smaller ones, these often four-legged furniture pieces are must-haves in any space.
In this ultimate guide, we will walk you through the tables you can use for your home, including tables for dining, accent tables, and other essential pieces. There are more than 50 different types of tables available on the market. They all have their unique features and functions, as well as some similarities that we will discuss to help you distinguish which one is which.
A. Types of Tables for Dining
These table types are usually bigger than other varieties. These are tables used for sharing meals.
1. Dining Table
A dining table is a large table used for sharing formal meals. It is big enough to seat four to twelve people and more, depending on the size. Dining room tables can be created from various materials, shapes, and sizes. Dining tables vary in size, shape, and seating capacities. Some are part of a complete dining set with matching chairs. When shopping for a dining table, it's vital to know your room's measurements as well as its accessibility before deciding on the shape and dimension. It's also important to determine if you want a formal dinner table or something more casual for your dining room.
2. Kitchen Table
A kitchen table can fit into many kitchen layouts; it's smaller than a dining room table. While dining tables are typically used for more formal dining, kitchen tables are more casual eat-in spots for smaller meals.
Pro tip: When choosing between a dining table and a smaller kitchen table, consider the general use of the furniture, the number of people using the table, and the size of your space. Kitchen tables are efficient for small family use, while dining tables are for bigger and more formal gatherings.
3. Bistro Table
Bistro tables are usually round and small, with matching seats, like what we see in cafes, restaurants, or bistros. These compact tables usually seat two to three people and are designed for small servings. Due to their small size, bistro tables are often used to entertain guests in living rooms, foyers, balconies, and other tight spaces.
4. Garden Table
Patio tables are designed to spruce up our outdoor spaces. These tables can be small or large and are designed with durable materials that can resist extreme weather changes. When purchasing patio tables, it's important to look at the materials used, the sizes, and, most importantly, the usage since many tables can be used alongside grilling and many other outdoor activities.
5. Cocktail Table
Like coffee tables, cocktail tables are mainly used in living rooms to serve guests and spruce up the room. Historically, cocktail tables are square or rectangular in shape and place more emphasis on symmetrical proportions than coffee tables. These are used for serving snacks and drinks and keeping books and magazines for entertainment. These elegant pieces are loved by many who pursue more traditional living room setups.
6. Bar Table
Bar tables are tall tables that are usually paired with bar stools. Although both compact, bistro tables are smaller in height, ranging from 34 to 36 inches, while pub tables are taller, at 40 to 42 inches. Bar and pub tables are designed taller to make it easier for people sitting and standing to interact. A bar table presents a simple design to complement minimalist spaces.
7. Folding Table
Folding tables are champions of space-saving. These can be main tables or extra tables used for bigger gatherings in small spaces. These tables can be easily folded and assembled by one or two people, depending on their size. They can be stacked in narrow storage spaces since their legs can also be folded.
8. Drop Leaf Table
Another type of folding table, a drop-leaf table, has two hinged flat surfaces where you can put trinkets and dinnerware. These hinged sections are called "leaves." With the help of a pedestal or four table legs, each leaf can be folded or "dropped" and still be useful. This is different from a folding table, which needs to be put together in its entirety.
9. Trestle Table
This table is known for its legless structure. This large table, although legless, has trestles to support the flat surface. These are connected by a beam underneath. The tabletop can be made from solid wood, planks, or other materials.
10. Picnic Table
Picnic tables are outdoor tables that are typically made of wood. Two benches are attached to the table's sides; each can accommodate three to four people. A picnic table commonly measures 72 x 58 x 30 inches.
B. Different Styles of Living Room Tables
The living room is considered one of the most important rooms in the home, as it serves as a place to relax, gather, and represent the overall theme of the space. Aside from the sofa and entertainment unit, there are various essential and decorative tables that can be used inside the living room. Here are some types that you may choose.
11. Accent Table
The term "accent table" is a collective word for tables that are used to enhance the style and add some functionality to a space. These accent tables are placed occasionally in the living room, typically beside the sofa and other main living room furniture. Many table types that we will talk about as we go on are also considered accent tables. Accent tables are usually designed to stand out from other furniture pieces in the room, adding character to the space.
12. Coffee Table
One of the most integral parts of a living room, a coffee table, binds all the furniture pieces and decorations into a conversation-friendly space. This low table is spacious enough for snacks, drinks, remote controls, and other essentials. Some coffee tables come with an extra lower compartment or a pull-out drawer for extra storage. Modern coffee tables are interchangeably called cocktail tables. The classic difference between the two is the shape of their table tops. Cocktail tables are traditionally rectangular in shape, while coffee tables are round.
13. End Table
End tables are small accent furniture pieces that are placed at the end of a sofa or sectional beside the wall to make food and drinks more accessible. These are also simple and stylish, giving your living room an extra touch of personality without overwhelming the overall look of the space.
End tables come in different heights to fit couches of various heights, while the taller ones mainly work as accent tables.
14. Side Table
A side table, based on its name, is positioned at the side of a piece of furniture in the open. This table has a notably wider surface than an end table, giving it a more visibility and a more prominent sense of style.
15. Ottoman Table
Ottoman tables are multipurpose upholstered pieces that can serve as a surface for gatherings while providing spacious storage. This living room furniture works well with many traditional interior design styles, but it can also be used in more modern ways.
16. Media Console Table
Console tables are long, slender tables that come in various heights and configurations. Some tall console tables are positioned in the hallways to store keys or items that need quick access when going out or entering the house, while a short-legged console table can work as a TV console in the living room. Unlike side and end tables, a console table can stand alone without the need to be paired with other living room furniture pieces.
A c-table is a compact and easy way to add function to your space. Its unique feature is its c-shape, which makes it a transportable furniture piece that can fit into a living room, bedroom, or any space in your home. This table is also efficient for those who work at home, as it is spacious enough for laptops.
18. Drink Table
Drink tables have small, slender, but sturdy bases intended for serving cocktails. Like side and C-tables, a drink table features a simple design to not overwhelm the overall look of the space.
19. Drum Table
A drum table is an 18th-century circular table that is designed to add functions to a typical table with a usable surface. Although heavy, this circular table is usually supported by a central pedestal leg or four slender legs. This means it can fit into a variety of spaces and serve an additional function for your furniture. Many antique-looking drum tables are covered with upholstery, mainly leather, and have drawers to fit books and other items. Modern drum tables come in the form of circular stone tables.
20. Bunching Table
Another ultimate space-saver, nested tables or bunching tables, are a combination of two or three different tables of different sizes that can be stacked under each other when not in use. Nesting tables have simple but elegant designs that are great for people who want to add functionality to their spaces while keeping the design clean and simple.
A nesting table can be made into a coffee table or a side table as long as it is composed of two or more pieces stacked together for space-saving.
21. Foyer Table
Based on its name, a foyer table is placed in the entryway. This means that this is the first piece of furniture that you and your guests will encounter upon entering your home. Foyer tables have lightweight designs that fit the narrow entryway and multiple pull-out drawers and compartments for storage. When choosing an entryway table, think about the size of your foyer to make sure you can make the most of the space you have and don't block it.
22. Sofa Table
Sofa tables are about the length of two-seater sofas. The purpose of their structure is to add storage to the living room. Console tables are usually placed against the wall, but sofa tables are usually put behind the sofa to keep the space balanced and useful.
C. Types of Tables for the Bedroom
With all the things that we secure inside the bedroom, from big bed linens to clothes to small jewellery pieces, it's vital to give your space additional storage space. But that's not the only catch. Bedroom tables play a significant role in establishing the warmth and ambiance of your space. They also provide compact surfaces to add purpose to your space. Here are some bedroom table must-haves.
23. Bedside Table
Bedside tables, also referred to as nightstands, are small tables placed at the horizontal end of the bed. As small as they are, bedside tables serve multiple purposes, such as providing a convenient spot to place lamps, reading glasses, keys, books, snacks, and other items within arm's reach.
In terms of styling, you can place a bedside table or two in your bedroom, depending on your available space and style preference, especially if you are in a shared room. You can also choose a minimalist bedside table or one with extra pull-out storage.
24. Dressing Table
Among other tables, dressing tables or vanity tables place more emphasis on their designs, partnered, of course, by their functions. The main features of a dressing table include a vanity mirror and multiple compartments and drawers to store smaller items. You can also purchase just the table without the mirror and other aesthetic accessories. Many traditional dressing tables present intricate wood carving details, while modern and contemporary pieces lean more on the minimalist side. They are also available in a variety of colours.
There are various types of vanity tables. These include different materials, designs, and storage options. Make sure you check your available space and storage needs before finding the best vanity table. Do you have a more extensive collection?
Other features to look for in vanity tables are their extras. Do you need your vanity table to have an electrical outlet? How about some lights?
D. Office or Workplace Table Types
Office tables come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and functions. Working from home is becoming more common, so many homeowners are investing in efficient office tables that can help maximise function in their small spaces.
25. Office Table
Office tables come in various styles, sizes, and features. Some office desks are as simple as a writing table, while others have additional compartments, and pull-out drawers.
The right office table will help you make your space more conducive to your tasks. Consider how big you need your desk to be, what structure will support your workload better, or if you need an office table with storage space.
26. Computer Table
A computer desk is an office table specially designed to support computer functions. Many computer tables come with a keyboard drawer and a cable hole. Some computer tables have CPU compartments underneath or a place for the printer.
27. Standing Table
Working 40 to 45 hours a week while sitting can take a toll on our health. Studies show that constant sitting can cause heart-related diseases and injuries to the spine. An ergonomic standing table is designed to address this issue, which harms and affects the productivity of office workers. A standing table is an adjustable office table that can be used when standing and folded when sitting. This provides ergonomic support that can help you balance sitting and standing during your work shift.
28. Work Table
Have a workshop? A work table, also known as a work bench, is an essential piece of furniture where you can create many of your crafts. A work table is typically made of sturdy wood and designed to be spacious enough for handheld equipment. Some have lower compartments for tools and supplies.
29. Conference Table
Conference tables are large, grand furniture pieces that are designed to cater to more people. Like computer tables, a conference table has cable holes or plugs for phones and other tech equipment.
30. Drafting Table
Drafting tables are specifically used by architects and engineers. They are structured with vertical adjustments to make mechanical drafting more convenient. These tables come in different sizes.
E. Types of Tables for Recreation
Here are some common types of tables for game rooms and recreational areas:
31. Pool Table
A pool table is used for playing billiards. This solid gaming table has six holes or pockets to catch the balls and a specialised design and structure for the game. Pool tables can be made of wood and other materials.
32. Ping Pong Table
This table is used for table tennis. It comes in different colours.
F. Types of Tables by Shape
Tables vary in shape, not only to give many options in terms of their aesthetic appeal but also to support different functions and room configurations. These are the most popular table shapes on the market.
33. Round Table
Round tables do a great job of creating a soft and casual look for spaces. Because they lack edges, round tables are versatile enough to fit more people. Round tables on pedestal legs provide more floor space to tuck chairs, which is ideal for saving extra space.
In terms of room configurations, a round table is ideal for square rooms or smaller, irregular spaces.
34. Rectangular Table
Unlike a more casual round desk, rectangular tables are great for bigger and more formal gatherings. Many dining tables are also rectangular, giving enough space for more people to fit in. When shopping for a rectangular table, you can choose between a standard and a narrow table depending on your needs and space requirements.
Rectangular dining tables are best for rectangular or narrow rooms.
35. Square Table
If you don't have a large group to share your meals with, a rectangular table is an efficient piece to help you save more space. A square table offers a sense of intimacy with its equal structure compared to a more formal rectangular table. Because of its more compact structure compared to a rectangular table, a square table can fit into tighter spaces. Many foldable and drop-leaf tables come in this shape, meaning you can put two or more tables together during larger gatherings and easily keep them when not in use. This gives you the flexibility to arrange your dining setup based on the amount of space that you have.
Square tables are great for square rooms.
36. Oval Table
Oval dining room tables, like rectangular tables, are great for rectangular spaces. Oval tables look less bulky than their rectangular counterparts. This makes the oval tables more efficient for rooms with smaller footprints.
37. Polygon Table
Many coffee tables and accent tables feature polygonal or freeform designs. Modern dining tables also put more emphasis on stylistic shapes to add more personality to the room.
G. Table Styles
Table designs and features have evolved over the years, catering to diverse interior themes and functions. Here are some common table styles you can choose from:
38. Traditional Table Style
Traditional tables are usually made of solid wood with some metal details and prominent carvings and patterns. These elegant and beautiful pieces put an emphasis on style, proportions, and durability. Traditional tables are typically solid and heavy, with intricate and timeless carvings.
39. Modern Table Style
Modern tables present a clean and natural look. Some distinguishing features of a modern table include tapered legs and a thinner tabletop compared to a traditional table. Much more than intricate designs, modern tables put extra emphasis on function. This is where you see many 2-in-1 tables or those with multiple purposes.
40. Contemporary Table Style
Contemporary tables embrace freer forms and more colour choices. They feature softer edges, giving them a simple and classy look. They can be made from different materials like wood, metal, plastic, stone, and concrete.
41. Industrial Table Style
Industrial tables are defined by the raw materials used in their construction, the neutral colours, and the striking vintage look. Industrial tables typically feature salvaged wood, upcycled materials, and exposed metals.
42. Farmhouse Table
A farmhouse table brings a touch of nature into the space. This style has a rustic feel with its solid wood and plank materials. One thing to note is that, because of their solid materials, farmhouse tables are heavy and can be hard to move.
43. Scandinavian Table
Scandinavian tables are perfect for minimalist rooms. These tables express neutral designs and colour combinations, giving the smallest of rooms a touch of style without the overwhelming details that can make the space even smaller. Like modern tables, Scandinavian tables place a huge emphasis on function.
H. Table Materials
How do you choose the best material for any table in your home? Aside from the types and styles, understanding the different table materials is paramount to bringing the best tables into your lovely space. Here are some popular types of tables, according to materials.
44. Wooden Table
Wooden tables are loved by many homeowners. Why not? They range from classic to modern and more experimental varieties. Wooden tables are also highly regarded in terms of quality.
There are many types of wooden tables. You can find some varieties made from hardwoods like teak, oak, walnut, mahogany, and more. Wood tables come in different colours and designs, giving your room a distinct ambiance.
45. Metal Table
Metal tables are less common than wood tables. In addition, the metal material is used more for table legs and detailing than the tabletop itself, although there are still many tables with iron table tops. Metal tables provide a bolder look to the space, and they are extremely durable, making them perfect as outdoor tables. However, if you live in a tropical area, metal tables might not be the most comfortable choice.
46. Laminate Table
Laminate tables are made up of layers of PVC and high-impact melamine. These tables are designed to look like solid wood tables with a wood grain finish. However, unlike solid wood pieces, laminate tables are less sturdy and, thus, cheaper than the former.
47. Marble Table
Marble presents a simple, natural, and elegant look. This material is usually seen in architectural details and kitchen designs. Because of their natural structure, marble tabletop surfaces have unique designs and tones.
48. Quartz Table
If you are looking for a cheaper natural stone material, quartz is a great option. The quartz material is mixed with resin to create an elegant tabletop. When buying a quartz table, note that although it is made from a durable material, quartz is still more susceptible to chipping and discoloration.
49. Sintered Stone Table
Sintered stone tables are created through the sintering method, or the use of intense heat to fuse minerals and other materials into a solid slab. The main selling point of sintered stone is its durability. They are also easier to design with than other stone materials, which makes them a good choice for furniture that looks good.
50. Glass Table
Light, clean, and airy, glass tables give a smaller room a cleaner and more open look. Because of the reflective surface, the use of proper lighting can make a glass table more elegant. Glass tabletops are usually designed with wood or metal frames and legs.
51. Upholstery Table
Many upholstered tables are found in the living room and used for accents or decorative purposes. The most famous upholstered tables are ottomans that make a space look cosier.
What Are the Differences Between a Coffee Table, End Table, and Side Table?
The tables mentioned are tables used to spruce up and add function to the living room. They are all used to set down snacks, drinks, books, or remote controls, even lamps and trinkets. Their main differences are their sizes and placements.
Coffee tables are low and spacious furniture pieces that are generally positioned at the centre of the living room in front of a sofa. End tables are slim and can be taller than coffee tables. They are placed at the end of the sofa, beside the wall. Many designers use them to add depth to the design while removing the awkward corner between the main piece of furniture and the wall. Side tables are also positioned beside the couch or between other furniture pieces in the living room.
What Is the Difference Between a Coffee Table and a Cocktail Table?
The classic difference between a coffee table and a cocktail table is the shape. A coffee table is traditionally round or oval in shape, while its cocktail counterpart is square or rectangular. Like what we talked about earlier about shapes, the circular structure of a coffee table makes it look more casual. In modern times, the two terms are interchangeably used.
Are All Accent Tables the Same?
Many accent table terms are interchangeably used, like cocktail and coffee tables, side and end tables, including sofa and console tables. This is because of their likeness in appearance and function. Generally, what sets them apart are the places where they are positioned. A console table, for example, is placed against a wall, while you will see a sofa desk behind the sofa.
What is the Best Table Shape for Small Spaces?
Round and square tables are best for small and square spaces. These create a warm and more intimate room setting.
What Should You Look for When Shopping for a Table?
Ultimately, before looking at the aesthetic appeal of the table, the things you should consider are:
Your table needs
Your room's dimensions
Your design theme
Tables are ultimate staples for your home. These pieces add functions and styles into a lifeless space. If you're ready to get your new tables in Singapore, check out Megafurniture's extensive furniture collections that fit your style and budget.
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