This Decor Staple From the Past Is Making a Huge Comeback in 2021

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It's been almost a year since the world was turned on its head, yet we're still figuring out how to handle this new normal. That's mostly because our entire lives have been squeezed into our homes, which means they now serve as our offices, gyms, classrooms, and restaurants — and that's just not normal.

While the situation is less than ideal, converting our homes into multi-purpose spaces has caused some interesting trends to emerge. Briana Nix, a designer at online interior design services company Decorist, has noticed an increased interest in TV tables as a creative way to maximize space. "TV tables give people the flexibility to turn an accent chair into an impromptu office or reconfigure the living room into a bistro with their favorite take-out," she explains. "Then, when not in use, just tuck them out of sight."

If you're sold on the resurgence in this retro furniture piece, you're in luck. We've rounded up the very best TV tables out there so you can comfortably work, eat, and learn all in the same place.

1. World Market Faux Live Edge Wood And Gold Metal Sloan Laptop Table, $99.99

"The live edge wood on a gold metal stand makes a luxe statement," Nix describes. "It's perfect for a mobile workstation."

2. Ebern Designs Hussey Tray Table, Set of 2, $84.99

Sustainable and natural, this pair of bamboo tray tables features a handy raised lip that prevents snacks and drinks from spilling and an X-shaped base that makes for easy storage.

3. Yamazaki Home Steel and Wood Slide Under Sofa Table, $100

Sleek steel surfaces and wooden dowels come together for this dreamy couch companion. It slides right over the cushion so you don't have to awkwardly lean over each time you take a bite or need to type.

4. CB2 Novo Acrylic Folding Table, $149

"This modern acrylic table is clearly a winner," states Nix. "Beautiful and functional, group a few together for a family dinner or place one next to a sofa as a side table."

5. West Elm Charley C-Side Table, $199

The slim, T-shaped base of this midcentury-style table slides easily underneath your sofa, while its rounded top clears your lap for an altogether seamless experience.

7. World Market Natural Stone And Gold Metal Margaux Laptop Table, $129.99

White marble is cut into a chic hexagon for the surface of this glamorous laptop table. The compact piece will help you work in style.

8. Crate & Barrel Siena C Table, $199

With a brushed brass finish, this narrow TV table adds a metallic warmth to any space. Its dynamic utility is nice, too.


Morgan Goldberg is a writer based in Los Angeles. She likes pasta, hiking, and crossword puzzles.

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