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Finding The Perfect Side Table

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Finding the right side table for you can be a real hassle. After all, there are so many styles, sizes, and materials to choose from. To help you out, here are some questions you should be asking yourself:

What style am I looking for?

Side tables can be circular or rectangular, solid or hollow, artistic or simplistic, and even functional or purely decorative. Therefore, it is important that you pick a table style that will serve the intended purpose.

If you want the table to serve a utilitarian purpose, you should go for a sturdy table that is solid. In other words, you don't want the table to have significant sections removed, because that will result in weaker overall strength. A table is probably going to have legs, but the smaller those legs are, the less weight the table will be able to safely support. The sturdiest table will be a solid block of the material in question.

On the other hand, if you want the table to be more of an aesthetic piece of furniture to be looked at rather than used, you should pursue more elegant designs, such as those that have intricate carvings in the legs. 

How big should it be?

This may seem like a pretty easy question, but there is a lot more to consider than meets the eye. First, you will need to decide where the table will initially go. However, it's also a good idea to think about where the table will go later on in its life. Second, you should pick a table that is the right size for the job. If you just want a place to set your drink down, then you probably don't need anything higher than waist height and a foot or so across.

Types of Wood

If  you want a natural appearance, then you might be looking for wood. If you live in a heavily forested area, then you might be able to get wood products at a significant discount. There are also quite a few different kinds of wood, which can vary greatly in cost, strength, and appearance.

  • Oak is rather expensive, but will last you a very long time.
  • Basswood is a much lighter shade of brown and is comparatively cheap, but it is not suited for durability.
  • Mahogany is a deep shade of reddish-brown and is one of the most durable types of wood out there, but it can cost quite a bit.