Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

I’ve been obsessed with nesting tables lately. If we didn’t already have enough end tables and TV trays around, I might spend hours online trying to decide which look to go for. Instead, I’m going to share some of my finds with you.

Nesting tables are a great option for small homes—and by “home” I mean a house, apartment, loft, or studio, wherever you live is your home. Nesting tables are a group of two or three tables of varying sizes that nestle inside each other. You can save space by storing them all in one place—next to your sofa or a reading chair. Then, if you’re having people over, you can pull one or two out and arrange them around the room so everyone has a place to put their glass of white wine sangria with strawberries.

Or, you can pull each table out about halfway and create a tiered end table—I think that’s a very cool look.

The truth is, some of my favorites are just too expensive, so I’m sharing the ones I like that are under $200 and can be found (at least right now) online or at national chains. The prices can be all over the place for the same set, so Google shop around.

Ikea Vittsjo nesting tables - small space furniture

Ikea Vittsjo nesting tables

You can always count on Ikea for the best deal. At $60, the steel and glass Vittsjo nesting tables pair a coffee table (with a bottom shelf) with an end table. Check out how Kristin at Hunted Interior glammed her Vittsjo up.

These tables would be even better for a small room if that bottom shelf was glass as well. Transparent materials, like glass and acrylic, don’t block sightlines and allow the eyes to move through and beyond the furniture–expanding the room visually.

Target Winsome Regalia walnut nesting tables - small space furniture

Target Winsome Regalia walnut nesting tables

Here above is a more traditional look from Target for $65 in walnut. This group of three nesting tables is the look you’ll see most often. Target has several other options under $200.

AMB Furniture black & chrome nesting tables - small space furniture

AMB Furniture black & chrome nesting tables

This modern set of two nesting tables in black and chrome is $96 from A.M.B. Furniture & Design.

See how slender (and interesting) these table legs are? Like the other nesting tables featured in this post, that airy look helps the eye to roam through the furniture to the edges of the room. If you’re trying to visually enlarge your small space, look for sofas, chairs and tables on slender legs.

Classy Home grey metal and wood nesting tables - small space furniture

Classy Home grey metal and wood nesting tables

Here’s another modern look in gray metal and wood from The Classy Home for $102. And this one also has a bottom shelf.

Wayfair oak Mission style nesting tables - small space furniture

Wayfair oak Mission style nesting tables

If you like the Mission look, this set of three nesting tables from Wayfair ($109) might appeal. If your home is more traditional, this set also benefits from the vertical slats on the side, lifting the eye up and making the tables look slimmer.

Target black metal and glass nesting tables - small space furniture

Target black metal and glass nesting tables

Instead of three end tables, this black metal and glass set from Target for $114 features two end tables that nestle under a console table. A console table makes a great drop zone in an entry way–just minimize clutter–the enemy of small spaces. Or, you can put one behind a sofa that’s dividing an open space. If you keep your supplies organized, you can use a console table as a workspace too, and turn it into a buffet when friends come over.

And there’s more, but I’ll save those for another time.

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