A table is a great way to add a surface behind a sofa for setting drinks, charging devices, and adding decor to your space. Check out these sofa table decorating ideas to inspire you to add one to your living room!
We added a sofa table behind our large sectional. The sectional is BIG and it’s hard to reach the coffee table or end table when you are sitting in the middle.
The narrow sofa table gives us a place to set drinks and charge our devices without having to get up to get them from the side table or coffee table.
I’m also able to work while relaxing on the sofa and I can plug in my laptop using the outlet in the sofa table. It’s a win for our family.
I haven’t added any decor yet because (1) it is skinny and (2) with two little ones that still like to jump on the couch, I’m too afraid things will get knocked over. Adding sofa table decor will have to wait.
What can you use a sofa table for?
Task lighting – add lamps for reading and brightening up the room
A place to set drinks – It’s always great to have a surface to set down your drink
Display decorative items – there are so many ways to add home decor to a sofa table, like vases for fresh or faux flowers, photo frames, or candles
Round up things like remote controls and other electronic devices
There are lots of great ways to add decor to your sofa table. Let’s take a look at these best ways to decorate a sofa table!
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Sofa Table Decorating Ideas
Add lamps to a sofa table
A table is a good idea for getting your sofa away from the wall, which helps make a space look more cozy.
A pair of table lamps are ideal for placing on a sofa table. They will add more ambient lighting to your living room, which helps it feel cozier. It also creates task lighting for reading your favorite book.
I also love the wooden dough bowl styled here with filler items sitting in between the lamps! Check out more ways to decorate with wooden dough bowls here.
Use a globe as sofa table decor
Globes make awesome home decor! They are tall enough to be seen from anywhere in the room a make a great addition to your behind the couch table.
Globes come in all different styles so you're sure to find one to match your decor.
Farmhouse sofa table decor
A galvanized bucket, greenery and wood bead garland are the perfect decor to add to the top of a sofa table for farmhouse style.
Sofa tables don't have to always be behind a sofa. Use one between two chairs for a cozy seating area.
Rustic Sofa Table Decor
Keeping your sofa decor simple has its benefits. Less to dust, less to knock over. The simple rustic decor of this sofa table is all of this and more.
A pair of table lamps add extra lighting to the space and that large rustic dice stacked on vintage books is so cute! What a cute decorative piece that is perfect for some extra visual interest.
Read more to learn how you could make your own sofa table using a scrap piece of 6x6 lumber.
Use your sofa table to display family photographs in picture frames and favorite home decor items. The all white items on this behind the couch table contrast with the wood of the table for a cohesive look in this living space.
Sofa table decorated with books
What an amazing backdrop that large arch window is for the sofa table in this living room.
Stacks of books and a few other decorative pieces complete the look of this living room. You can see them from anywhere in the room. I love that clay knot sitting on top of the books. You can DIY your own for your sofa table!
For a sofa table in the middle of the room sight lines are important. You don't want tall items blocking the view of the living room. This is a great option for spaces with an open floor plan.
Add a lamp on the end and a tray for remote controls or keys so you always know where they are.
Choosing a sofa table with a bottom shelf gives you even more space for extra storage and decor. Love the decorative books with corbel bookends and the large driftwood piece to fill the empty space here.
Style with texture
Add some texture to sofa table styling using decorative objects that fit your personal style, like a jute-wrapped bottle or faux fur fabric.
Underneath is the perfect place for a basket to store blankets.
Style your sofa table with plants
When your couch sits in front of a window it's the perfect opportunity for adding a sofa table.
The top of the table is a great place to add plants! They make great home decor and they'll be really happy sitting in front of the window taking in all the light.
Outdoor sofa table decor
Who says a sofa table has to be indoors? Adding a sofa table to your outdoor living space makes perfect sense. It's a great place to display potted plants. Love the bright colors on this one!
Style with a vase filled with fresh flowers
Less is more with the decor on this sofa table. Keep it simple and add a vase of flowers for a pop of color in your living space.
Lanterns and potted plants
Cozy up your outdoor living space with a pair of lanterns with candles on your sofa table. Potted plants in between the lanterns and on the ground at the end of the table add to the cozy feel of your patio.
Texture and mementos
The top of this sofa table is pretty simple, leaving plenty of space for setting down your drinks. The shelves are where the real styling gets started.
Add woven baskets for texture, a stack of books, mason jars with keepsakes, and other decor that matches the rest of the room.
A pair of table lamps and a flower arrangement complete the traditional styling of this sofa table.
The table lamps give needed lighting in the room and the flowers in the wooden box adds texture and contrast to this living space to give it a complete look.
Are you inspired to start decorating your sofa table? A small table is a perfect addition to the back of the sofa in your living room.
There’s no wrong way to decorate it! Add your own personal touch with family photos, a piece of art, or a faux plant. There are so many different ways to make it your own! If you have more a modern design, you may want to go for a clean look with less decor.
Still need to purchase a sofa table for your living room? Here are some of my favorites!
Which of these sofa table ideas is your favorite?
Let us know in the comments!
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