Sophisticated Side Kicks

Today we’re going to about the table of many names - drinks table, side table, martini table, occasional table, cigarette table. All are terms used for a tiny table, just big enough to hold a glass (or in times gone by, an ashtray), but not quite big enough for a vase and a stack of books, or anything decorative. These tables serve one function - to sit next to a chair and give you a spot to perch a glass or your cell phone.

If you were sitting in the fireside chairs below, where would you put a cup of tea, or a glass of wine? The drinks table in between is the perfect solution. Decorative and useful, but it doesn’t overwhelm the simplicity of the design.

Rivers Spencer

Rivers Spencer

Sometimes I call these tables little friends, as in the picture below. The lounge chair (front left) is far from the main seating area, so it needs a little friend next to it so it doesn’t get lonely. And if you’re sitting there, you need a little friend to help out so you aren’t awkwardly holding a glass all evening.

Jean Louis Reynaud

Jean Louis Reynaud

Another useful spot for an occasional table is next to a tub. In my University Park project, I selected a sleek and sculptural ceramic side table, just big enough to hold a glass of wine and a book while soaking your cares away.

Beth Lindsey Interior Design

Beth Lindsey Interior Design

Here are a few of my favorite drinks table selections on the market right now. First a streamlined, Bauhaus-influenced table from Bernhardt.

On the luxury end of the market are these slightly brutalist, artisan-crafted, side tables by Phillip Nimmo, in gilt iron and glass. So chic.

Kelly Wearstler’s totemic Apollo stool is definitely something I’d love to use as a drinks table. I wouldn’t want to move it though - that’s one heavy-looking tiny table!

Dunes & Duchess offers a tiny side table that’s traditional, with a twist.

And of course, you can’t beat the budget-friendly, and now iconic, Martini Table by West Elm.

Which side table is your favorite? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

Warmly,

Beth