Living room interior design

Ottomans vs. Cocktail Tables: Which is Right for You?


Cocktail tables and ottomans are two different options to pair with your sofa or chairs – but which one is right for you? Even though both pieces are typically placed in front of sofas, they each serve very different purposes. Here are a couple things to consider when choosing between a table or an ottoman for your sitting area:

Consider the style of the room.

When designing your space, the style of the room is one of the first things to consider. What mood do you want the space to evoke? Cocktail tables have the capacity to look casual or formal depending on the materials used, while ottomans generally lean more casual. If you are interested in a relaxed style, such as farmhouse or boho, you can achieve a casual feel with a solid wood sofa table or an ottoman. If you are designing a formal sitting room or trying to achieve a more glamorous look, you will likely want to shop for a sophisticated cocktail table – perhaps one with a glass top or metal frame. 

How do you like to use the space? 

Another consideration when selecting living room furniture is the function of the space. Do you plan to use the room to host dinner parties? A cocktail table would best serve this type of space because it provides stable surface area for drinks and food… a must-have when hosting guests! On the other hand, a cozy room for watching movies would benefit from the comfort of an ottoman. Who doesn’t love to prop their feet up during movie night? 

If you need some more guidance choosing the right furniture for your space, we would love to help! At Reid’s Fine Furnishings, we carry a wide selection of cocktail tables and ottomans in every shape, size, and style imaginable. Our team can help you narrow down the options and find the perfect fit for you. Visit us at our Roanoke showroom today and let’s get started!