Occasional Tables - Choosing the Right Style

Occasional tables are one of the most versatile pieces of furniture one can own, as their small size means that they can be used in a number of functions, whether it be as a coffee table, side console table, or a temporary eating surface.

Below, we highlight our favorite pieces which can be used as occasional tables, pulled from our solid wood end tables collection. All pieces are made from the solid wood of your choice and offered with dozens of different stain and paint options. What’s more, most of these tables can be bought as part of a solid wood living room set.

Picks for Small Occasional Tables

This looker of an occasional table brings a contemporary coolness to any space and any use with its circular legs. Yet touches like its beveled edge and cabriole feet make the table fit in with traditional home decor as well. Our point? This piece can look at home in a number of different settings. This occasional table measures 2’ wide and 2’ tall.

Key Features

  • Solid hardwood craftsmanship
  • 1" thick solid wood top
  • Beveled edge and routed accents
  • Custom hardwood & finish
  • Amish handmade in the USA
  • Feet levelers are included

Price: $1620

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Available in two sizes, our handmade Bradshaw Shaker End Table is shown in solid Brown Maple but can be built in seven other various hardwoods.

A simpler alternative to the example above, this option displays Shaker sensibility executed with superb Mortise & tenon joinery. As a bonus, this occasional table comes in two small different sizes (14” and 20” wide).

Key Features

  • Solid hardwood construction
  • Amish handmade in the USA
  • Two table sizes available
  • Mortise & tenon joinery
  • Custom wood & finish
  • Catalyzed conversion varnish

Price: $469

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Curved black metal legs meet a near-square barn wood top to create this rustic yet industrial occasional table. Measuring 22"W x 24"D x 24"H, it's easy to slide against the arm of your couch, turn into a lamp stand, or whatever the occasion calls for.

Key Features

  • Reclaimed hardwood construction
  • Black metal legs
  • Custom finish options
  • Catalyzed conversion varnish
  • Amish handmade in the USA

Price: $854

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A sharp contrast from the last two occasional tables shown, this piece provides a crisp, clean aesthetic with its simple lines and open middle. While the example photo shows colors appropriate for farmhouse or coastal home decor, you can choose which stain and color choices best fits your style choices. With dimensions of 18"W x 22"D x 24 1/2"H, this breakfast table is perfectly sized for fitting into smaller spaces and tight corners.

Key Features

  • Solid hardwood construction
  • Custom hardwood & finish
  • Catalyzed conversion varnish
  • Amish handmade in the USA

Price: $629

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This classically styled pedestal table will add effortless refinement to your living room with its curved legs and base. While this occasional table is pictured in oak with a honey-colored stain, you can choose from nine different hardwoods and seemingly infinite stain choices to have it match your furniture (or contrastingly pop). Measures 24” by 18”.

Key Features

  • Amish built in the USA
  • Solid wood construction
  • 3/4" thick oval table top
  • Roundover table top edges
  • Steam-bent wooden apron
  • Mortise & tenon joinery
  • Custom hardwood & stain

Price: $593

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Mission woodworking meets industrial touches to create this occasional table measuring 24” in diameter. While this piece is easy to move as needed, the bottom shelf makes it also ideal for a fixed display option.

Key Features

  • Solid hardwood construction
  • 1" steel band & buttons
  • Open lower shelf
  • Custom hardwood & stain
  • Catalyzed conversion varnish
  • Amish handmade in the USA

Price: $1030

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Measuring 16"W x 24"D, this occasional table makes a bold statement despite its small size thanks to its dual coloring, tapered legs, and thick top. Buy this piece if you have limited floor space or storage options, or simply want an eye-catching accent for your living room.

Key Features

  • Solid hardwood construction
  • Amish handmade in the USA
  • 3" x 3" removable tapered legs
  • 1" top; 3" simulated build up
  • Custom hardwood & finish
  • Catalyzed conversion varnish

Price: $860

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Silvery legs flair upwards into a solid wood, live edge top with a tempered glass insert. The result is a handsome occasional table fitting for any Mid-Century or contemporary space, whether that be your living room, hallway, or even your office.

Key Features

  • Amish handmade in the USA
  • 1/4" tempered glass insert
  • 1 3/8" thick live edge top
  • Open hardwood base shelf
  • Powder coated gray metal base
  • Custom hardwood & finish options

Price: $1357

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So far, we’ve seen round, rectangular, and square-ish occasional tables, but this option is truly unique. Made by combining thick wood slabs using desirable mortise & tenon joinery techniques, the Bossier End Table is sturdy yet light enough to move as needed.

Key Features

  • Amish made in the USA
  • Solid wood construction
  • 1 1/4" thick top & waterfall edge
  • Open bottom shelf
  • Mortise & tenon joinery
  • Custom hardwood & stain options

Price: $608

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This occasional table is all about the details, from the beveled edge to the curvature of the stems that support the mini base shelf. It’s both elegant yet rustic and puts Amish woodworking on full display. It’s worth noting that this particular occasional table measures only 22” across, making it smaller than most options listed here.

Key Features

  • Solid wood construction
  • 1" thick solid wood top
  • Beveled edge table top
  • Handcrafted in the USA
  • Custom hardwood & finish
  • Feet levelers are included

Price: $900

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Enhance your modern home with an occasional table that marries a Rustic Walnut live edge top with a smooth Brown Maple base stained to the hue of your choosing. This piece is a true work of art, from the half-circles to the exhibit of the wood’s natural grain.

Key Features

  • Solid wood construction
  • Rustic Walnut live edge
  • Brown Maple base
  • Open base shelf
  • Amish handmade in the USA
  • Mortise & tenon joinery

Price: $1495

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Additional Choices for Small Occasional Tables

Tips When Choosing an Occasional Table

Consider the intended use of the occasional table - The point of an occasional table is to move it around from one function to the next, but no doubt you have one or two primary uses in mind. Therefore, make sure it is the right height and dimensions to fulfill these various needs. 

Determine if the table should be an accent or coordinate it with the living room (and other rooms in which it may be used) - The occasional table doesn’t have to seamlessly match with the rest of your furniture, but it shouldn’t be a clashing eyesore, either. 

If you decide to make the table visually pop in contrast with the room, make sure it: 

  • Is one of the only accents - If you have purple walls, a sunny yellow rug, and a turquoise coffee table with a bright pink vase on top, adding a painted green occasional table will make it feel more like a random addition rather than a purposeful accent. While this is an extreme example, our point is that most of the other room’s colors and textures should be fairly consistent to make the accent feel purposeful. 

  • That the contrast is palpable rather than muddied - Another way to make your accent feel purposeful is to make it distinctly different. For example, if the majority of your living room’s furniture is a lighter stain, apply an espresso stain to your occasional table. To learn more, read our piece about mixing and matching wood stains. 

If you decide to coordinate the occasional table with your other living room furniture:

  • Custom order the piece (using Countryside Amish Furniture) and request samples of stains in advance - With our dozens of stain options and variety of hardwood options, we’ll be able to near-match your existing wood pieces. We recommend ordering stain samples in advance so you can view how they will look in different lights. 

Keep in mind the general decor theme of the room - Coordination applies to more than just the color scheme. For instance, if you have a lot of Mid-Century furniture with straight lines, an occasional table with Queen Anne flourishes will seem out of place.

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Why Shop for Occasional Tables From Countryside Amish Furniture

Walt Disney once said, “there is no magic in magic, it’s all in the details.” You can apply this sentiment to your home decor as well, as smaller furniture pieces can have a large impact on the space. Invest in quality when choosing your next occasional table by buying from Countryside Amish Furniture, a retailer who works directly with Amish artisans to create made-to-order pieces. In turn, each occasional table is handmade using North American hardwood employing advanced joinery, carving, and woodworking, all reasons Amish furniture is well worth the cost.

Browse our online assortment to find the right occasional table, and use our customization options to make it the perfect finishing component to your home.