Over the past year at home, I have learned exactly what I do and don’t need furniture-wise in order to ensure my living room remains functional. I am, after all, truly living in this space these days. It serves as my home office, a space for virtual happy hours, and oftentimes as a makeshift dining room as I nosh on takeout with Netflix in the background. One item that tops my list no matter the time of day? A cocktail table that I can position directly next to my sofa.
I’ll let you all in on a bit of a secret— I do some of my best writing from the sofa. I know it’s a bit unconventional, but hey, I’ve found a system that works for me, which is all that matters. Usually, I like to have a beverage nearby while I type away, but reaching down to the coffee table mid-thought is never ideal. In came the cocktail table: no, it doesn’t actually hold cocktails as often as I’d like, but it does provide the perfect surface for my coffee or green juice during the work day.
In came the cocktail table: no, it doesn’t actually hold cocktails as often as I’d like, but it does provide the perfect surface for my coffee or green juice during the work day.
When shopping for a cocktail table, I knew I wanted something budget-friendly—this piece gets a lot of action, after all—neutral in color, ideally black, and a simple yet still charming design. I was able to meet all this criteria and then some in the form of the Londonberry Turned Mental Accent Table from Target, which comes in two sizes; large and small.
At just $70 for the large size, this table fit the bill perfectly. It’s a solid black, which I love, but also boasts the most adorable base that pays a nod to my love for classic style.
Note that even the “large” size is still pretty petite with a 14.6 inch diameter; the small size is really more ideal for holding one drink and nothing extra.
What I also love about this piece is how lightweight it is without feeling cheap or flimsy. I move my furniture around frequently, and this table is perfectly conducive to that, weighing less than six pounds. This also makes it super kid-friendly and easy to tote outside to a screen porch or patio as needed, which I plan on doing as the weather gets warmer.
When the table is in need of a bit of a clean, simply take a disinfectant wipe to the top and it will be good as new in no time. There’s no need to worry about ruining precious wood or paint should a drink spill. And if you think you’ll crave a new look down the road? Why not transform the piece with a coat of colorful spray paint—its metal material will make such a makeover super easy.