Essential Guide To Cocktail Tables

What is a cocktail table, you might ask? Not to be confused with a coffee table or a poseur table, cocktail tables are extremely versatile occasional tables that can be used in any reception room in the home. To help dispel any confusion and tell you more about this handy piece of luxury furniture, here is our essential guide to cocktail tables:

Siena Round Side Table | Modern Furniture by Tom Faulkner

How do I use a cocktail table?

Perfect for placing next to guests when you are entertaining, cocktail tables are indispensable pieces of designer living room furniture. Use them during the day when your guests have a cup of tea and a cake, in the evening for a cocktail and canapés, or a glass of wine and nibbles, and towards the end of the day for after-dinner coffee and petit-fours.

What size is a cocktail table?

Cocktail tables tend to have a smaller tabletop than side tables or other occasional tables. Similar in size to the smallest table in a nest of tables, the size of cocktail tabletop is just big enough for one or two glasses or cups, and a small plate. The perfect size to be placed close to hand for a seated guest even if it’s a tight corner.
Edge Side Table | Contemporary Furniture by Tom Faulkner

How tall is a cocktail table?

The height of a cocktail table can vary dependent on how they are to be used. Our Lily cocktail table comes in three heights – 40cm, 50cm and 60cm – for use next to a person sat on a low sofa, a medium height armchair and a dining chair. Much higher than that, and cocktail tables can become unstable and need bigger bases. To keep the Lily cocktail table stable, the diameter of the tabletop decreases as the height increases.

How heavy is a cocktail table?

As cocktail tables need to be moved easily around a home or room to where guests are sat, they are relatively lightweight. Ideally, they are light enough to be lifted with one hand (though we would always recommend lifting them with two hands!) and have a weighted base or tripod legs to remain stable when placed and in use.
Lily Cocktail Tables | Tom Faulkner

What do cocktail tables look like?

The design of a cocktail table can vary widely. Due to their size, they are often quite decorative with glass, marble, wood or metal tops. Our Lily cocktail tables is a collection of metal tables inspired by Japanese lily pads with organically shaped tops sitting on tall elegant stems. The tops can be made from marble, wood, metal or eye-catching coloured Murano glass in a variety of jewel tones. They are quirky and unique and look great as standalone pieces or grouped together.
Madison Cocktail Table | Contemporary Furniture by Tom Faulkner

What do you do with a cocktail table when it is not in use?

As cocktail tables are small in width or diameter, they can easily be tucked away into a corner or left next to an armchair. However, if you have more than one cocktail table of different heights, they can make an attractive feature if placed together.
The Papillon round drinks trolley | luxury furniture by Tom Faulkner
If you like to entertain at home, have a look at our collection of side tables and our new Papillon drinks trolley – it’s a must have!