Space is always precious in modern homes due to the increasing number of items that people are ending up owning even if half of them were not part of the plan while decorating the house. No longer do many of us have the luxury of living in two storey bungalows with enough space for the dog, cat and the horse in the stable. Urban households have limited space, making it essential to use it optimally.

A sofa table can improve the character of your home greatly as long as you place it in an appropriate position. Because it is not the most compact piece of furniture, these tables usually take up a considerable amount of space in whichever room you place it. Therefore, pay attention to its alignment with the rest of the furniture in there.

How can a sofa table help in optimizing space in your home?
• A sofa table is usually placed amidst the sofas in the room. Although this is the typical way of doing things, one must ensure that it is really required there. Most of the time, a sofa table in the middle of couches can make it hard for people to move around. It is better to place it at such a position where it is visible for people and does not interrupt moving space in the room.

• Most of these tables are long and low. However, some of them are equipped with additional lower shelves for storage space. This is excellent to keep the magazines, newspapers and books. If you have guests coming often to your place, this table is the perfect surface to serve them refreshments and drinks.

• A party or an informal dinner has people moving about the place. Therefore, a sofa table in this setting is useful to rest your drink, or your plate of knick knacks while chatting with friends.

Various Styles of Sofa Tables

Wooden sofa tables are popular among households since they complement almost all styles of home décor. They also bring sophistication to the ambience which is appropriate for areas in the house catering to guests.

However, you can add a touch of contemporary interior decoration themes by lining the edges of your sofa table with metal. Glass topped tables can also be used to up the style quotient. These tables have metallic legs often attached to rollers which allow the user to move it around if necessary.

Sofa Tables as a Divider

Most homes have the dining area as an extension of the living room area in modern households. If you want to create a distinction between the two, all you need is a sofa table stretching through the two. Not only is it convenient for people in the room to leave their bags and belongings on its surface before heading for dinner, but you can also use it to keep extra plates, cutlery and napkins for guests to reach out to if they need them. Your sofa table should be at least 36 inches high for this purpose.

Your Sofa Table should be Strong

Since a sofa table is a long piece of furniture it can be required to move around slightly on certain occasions to make space. Therefore, make sure that it is durable enough to endure such sessions. If it is made from expensive wood then spread a cover on its surface when guests are over to avoid drinks or food particles to fall on it directly. Keep in mind that kids will often bump into them, quite hard; therefore, it should be strong enough for that as well.

Source by Jennifer Akre