Dimensions of Occasional Tables _ It is open to debate which is the more important: the look and feel of your occasional tables or their dimensions. Perhaps dimensions are irrelevant if you find a superb coffee table that matches your furniture perfectly. Maybe that superb_looking end table is ideal for your sofa or armchairs. Forget their sizes _ they look great so let's buy them! Is that so? First you must consider the purpose of these occasional tables, for that is what they are generally known as _ occasional tables _ tables that will be used on occasion, or at least that is one explanation for their name. What if the end table is way below the height of the arm of your armchair? Would you feel comfortable stretching down to get a cup or glass?
Size is Important... _ You should be able to pick up and set down a cup without excessive bending or stretching. The average occasional table stands around 16┰ inches high. Then you have the length to think about. A table the full length of a sofa would be too long _ about 50 _ 60% of the sofa length works well. Round, square or oval it's really up to your personal preference, but if you want to be controversial, you can do a lot with angles and curves, and there is no reason why they cannot be combined. So lose the idea that your table must be rectangular, round or oval.