Unconventional End Tables and More

LAST UPDATED: Apr 03, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Jun 07, 2016 | By: Julie Blanner

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Rather than selecting standard end tables and side tables, I often choose something a little more versatile so that the piece works for us beyond one home, one room, one need. Being thoughtful when selecting furniture increases the potential of your furniture transitioning through the seasons of your lives. I tend to be a bit sentimental when it comes to furniture – I love a good heirloom. I’m also in love with the idea that our kids might want some of our furniture when they’re older and not think of them as hand-me-downs, but family history.

When we had Adalyn, we lived in a tiny 1000 square foot cottage with an inaccessible basement. We lacked both space and storage, so I purchased a trunk that not only stored her toys, but our wine as well {we didn’t even have a pantry}. To this day, I can’t part with it because it’s become our “library” filled with the girls’ books. Am I in love with it? No, but it fills a need and feels like a well kept secret in our family room.

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Speaking of family room, have you see my heirloom armoire? I’m so thankful to have a piece with so much history. When we lived in our little cottage, we used it as a closet in Adalyn’s nursery since Chris was occupying hers. At the Colonial, it was Ani’s armoire and now it’s found a home in our family room, storing our linens.

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In the living room, we used a bench that typically would be a the foot of the bed, as a coffee table. As Adalyn grew older and Ani joined our family, we realized soft furniture with kind edges was practical. It’s on wheels, so it rolls out of the way for an impromptu dance party. Some day, I imagine it will be used as intended, at the foot of the guest bed.

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In the kitchen I used a small antique dining table as my kitchen desk. I filled the small drawer with stamps, envelopes, pens, and checks. Like most kitchen desks, it also often has a stack of papers…I’m not immune to those.

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Another versatile piece I love is this small tray table. It’s the perfect side table for the corner of any room, but can also be used as an end table or bar cart! It’s easy to move from one room to another.

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The same applies to a small chest of drawers. This piece resides in our mudroom
, but could also be used as an end table or night stand.

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Finally, baskets! You know my obsession with baskets. A stack of sturdy baskets creates beautiful end tables without effort and adds instant storage.

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Finally,  I like to use a vanity as a nightstand / desk and the same applies to a console table! pinterest

creative and versatile ideas for end tables, desks and more!

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So if you have a piece you love but don’t use, rethink it! You just may fall in love with it all over again. No need to have boring end tables or to purchase a new piece for a different need. Did I miss any ideas?



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