Those who are shopping for an accent table need to remember a few key details in finding one that will fit in well with their other furniture in the room. Sometimes you can buy a table set that has matching accent and coffee tables. There are accent tables that have shelves and drawers to store items, which may want to keep in mind if you are needing extra storage space. Some accent tables are used simply for a place to set a drink on.
Does terminology really matter? Generally no, but it can do if people use the term to you in conversation or even when you are looking for new furniture for your home. However, in general terms it does not matter at all whether your table is described as an accent table or an occasional table. In some cases occasional and accent furniture can be the same - but to say that, the definition of these terms must first be agreed. The term accent should be easy to understand - just like an accent in language, furniture of this type should emphasize a certain style, such as a statue of the jackal-headed god Anubis in an Egyptian-themed room - a home accent need not be furniture!
Coffee tables and end tables are examples of occasional furniture. There are alternative definitions for this type of furniture, the two most common being furniture that is used on an occasion, and furniture that is used only occasionally. Each of these definitions is so broad, that they could practically be said to be fundamentally the same. The former definition would include coffee tables, used on the occasion of drinking coffee - or any other beverage or drink.
Accent tables come in different sizes. Some are shorter and small, perfect for holding something as simple as a lamp or plant, while others are tall and large, acting as an end table. Measuring the area you want to put your table will help in picking out the right one for your room. If it is meant to be functional, then taking note of the table top would be wise. Knowing what you want to place on the table and how you want to use it will help in choosing the right size for your accent table.
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