Not-so-fun factoid: I’m using a shoe rack as an end table.
Yes, it’s weird, but resourceful. Not sophisticated, though, I’m aware. Give me a minute to explain myself. It’s one of those Walmart or Target-sold two-tier shelves that usually fits right into the closet to add some vertical height to the storage area. Traditionally used for shoe storage, which is why I referred to it as a shoe rack, I’m more accustomed to using them for anything-storage. Like, master bedroom sweater storage:
Anyways, the shoe rack standing in the living room has been a great fill-in for a more formal side table because it happens to be the same exact height, on end, as the Sauder bookshelf that flanks the other side of the couch (most recently shown here, when I tried to make it hold all black-spined books). Secondly, the rack is a very similar dark brown veneer as the rest of the living room furniture. And also, the shelf was just sitting around unused anyways. There you have it – many a-good reason to use a shoe rack as a side table if you’re desperate for side table symmetry, or just out of cash (raises hand).
Except that it was supposed to be temporary (like, for 2-weeks), but now it’s been stationed secretly since late July when I finished that second lampshade (info on those two lampshades here and here) and wanted to have matchy-matchy driftwood lamps balancing out the room which happily, they are.
I do have ambitious plans to make my own table, and that’s why this salvaged lumber has been balanced beside my sliding glass door… but it’s been there for two weeks because I’m indecisive on design. Do you see where I’m going with this? Maybe not.
The real point of this post is that I’m on the brink of making something myself. Showing you some of my grandious ideas for side table construction. Some involve iron elements, some involve casters, some are simple, some are complexly constructed. I browsed around to see if anything was actually within my buy-brand-new price range, but it instead began my inspiration board for living room decor.
Let’s browse Urban Outfitters. Here’s a lovely option, and with free shipping (since it’s priced over $50) it’s actually pretty affordable, just too low to sit next to the high-armed couch:
Anthropologie, always good, always out of my price range. I did love this Althea table (no longer in stock) for its clean-lined base and rugged surface, but notice that the reviews cite it as uber-wobbily:
This Pinecrest model by Magnussen is a bit more like other tables I’ve seen produced, but is endlessly eco-classy (how you DIY that base without a serious course in welding is beyond me):
And finally, this mango wood gem from West Elm has an elegant simplicity that I really could see scaled to fit my needs. Pretty small too, just out of my modest budget.
Hopefully I make a decision and get this done soon.