When outdoor season begins, composing an inspiring and comfortable outdoor patio, deck, or terrace may become a priority. Finding the right outdoor furniture, of course, is the major consideration, and once you’ve purchased your main pieces—namely patio table and seating—you’ll want to consider subsidiary modern outdoor furniture pieces, like an outdoor side table or two. Versatile, and easy to move around, outdoor side tables are a great investment because they tend to be less costly than other larger pieces of furniture, add visual interest, and can be great fun to shop for.
The great thing about shopping for contemporary outdoor side tables or outdoor end tables is that you can be adventurous with sizes, colors, and designs. Unlike larger pieces of furniture, which become focal points in an outdoor space, a small outdoor table—like a modern round patio table or a pair of patio end tables are both functional and adaptable, making them suitable to a variety of functions at a moment’s notice. So, it’s always smart to invest in a contemporary outdoor side table or two that’s lightweight, well constructed, and blends into any outdoor arrangement without much fuss.
Depending on how large or small your outdoor space is, it’s probably a good idea to have at least a patio side table or two on hand. There’s no reason to go crazy with a whole range of tables, but having a couple of tables that are not the main event–a small outdoor console table and a small round patio table, for instance—will always come in handy for a whole host of needs. An outdoor console table, for instance, makes a great outdoor bar, a place to set up wine, liquor, glasses and ice. Any small outdoor table, or a pair of them, make excellent outdoor end tables for holding cocktail glasses, hors d’oeuvres, candles, or plants.
No. Whether you have a single contemporary outdoor side table or a bunch of them, there’s no reason to think in terms of matching tables. As mentioned before, the beauty of the modern outdoor side table is that you can be as adventurous as you want to with it. Designer outdoor side tables, whether an outdoor console table or patio side table, are visually interesting and supremely functional, so think of an outdoor side table as the icing on the cake of outdoor room design. It may not be the main component of an outdoor space, but serves both a practical and decorative use—and is instrumental in making a room look complete. Matching a designer outdoor side table up to other tables in your outdoor space should never be the objective. Rather, a well constructed side table or collection of tables that are both visually pleasing and adaptable is what you should aim for.