Occasional tables - a buyer’s guide

Occasional tables - a buyer’s guide

Whether you’re having coffee with friends or enjoying a quiet night in, here’s our guide to choosing an occasional table that suits your needs...

Occasional tables serve a range of functions, from a practical space to put some drinks and nibbles when you’re entertaining, or somewhere to store essentials close by, to a stylish focal point for displaying ornaments or treasured family photos.

At Raft, we have a range of elegant and practical occasional tables in different sizes, designs and materials - from the rustic beauty of our 100% reclaimed teak root tables, to the sleek contemporary lines of our Lavastone range.

Nesting tables - practical and stylish

If you’re looking for extra table space, that doesn’t take up too much space, a nest of tables offers the ultimate in flexibility, giving you quick and easy access and tucking neatly away again when you don’t need them.

Teak is an ideal material for making practical and stylish tables, being sturdy, durable and naturally beautiful. Our nest of three companion tables is handmade from 100% reclaimed teak by our skilled craftsmen, and is available in natural teak and dark teak finishes.

Side tables - functional and beautiful

Whether it’s for perching a coffee or a magazine, or keeping the remote control handy, a side table can be a useful and stylish addition to your home.

For an occasional side table that’s both functional and beautiful, our teak root side table features a stunning teak root atop a white metal frame, and will add interest and texture to any room. At Raft, our teak is salvaged from Indonesian swamp land and each piece of teak root retains its natural markings and characteristics.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for character with a modern twist, our handmade Lavastone side tables are made from volcanic rock sourced from the borders surrounding Mount Merapi. The clean lines and industrial edge will make a striking style statement in your home. (And you can complete the look with a matching Lavastone console table.)

Dressing tables - elegant and eye-catching

A quality dressing table can look fabulous in a range of settings, including the bedroom, office or hallway.

For a simple but eye-catching piece, try the Lifestyle dressing table, which really showcases the natural grain and warm golden colour of teak wood. The Lifestyle also contains plenty of drawer space for storing your essentials and is available in a natural or dark teak finish.

Meanwhile, the Classic dressing table is solid and expertly crafted, complete with intricate legs and ring handles on the drawers. Choose from natural or dark teak finishes.

Console tables - a stylish focal point

Console tables combine style with practicality, and can provide a great focal point as you welcome guests into your home. Try adding in a mirror, a favourite picture, or a stylish lamp, together with an attractive bowl for holding some pot pourri, or as a handy place to keep the door keys.

Our console tables are available in a range of different styles - from clean and simple modern lines, to striking style statements.

If you’re looking for a modern statement piece, our glass top teak root console table is the ultimate in style and sophistication. With its distinctive teak roots and toughened glass shelving, the teak root console table really highlights the stunning natural characteristics of teak wood.

For a practical piece with simple, elegant lines, the Hudson console table offers plenty of useful storage in a style that will suit any home. It is available in a natural or dark teak finish.

Meanwhile, the Lifestyle console table is sturdy with clean lines and is the perfect shape for gracing any hallway, while the Classic console table has beautiful sculptured legs, as well as useful drawers for organising those bits and pieces. Both the Lifestyle and Classic come in a range of sizes and a choice of 2-5 drawers.

Plant stands - elegant space-savers

Plant stands are a great option where space may be limited. While they’re ideal for displaying your favourite houseplant in style, our reclaimed teak plant stands can also be used to showcase other treasured possessions, including a favourite vase, ornament or perhaps a framed photograph. They’re available in three different heights, for maximum flexibility.

Ottomans - style and versatility

If you’re in need of extra storage - and most homes are - Ottomans offer real versatility, and are another good choice where space is at a premium.

While functioning as a stylish coffee table (and a useful extra seat), they also double up as a place to stash away those toys, games, DVDs, and other items that would otherwise clutter up your home.

The Classic single ottoman is sturdy and stylish. Made from 100% reclaimed teak with a distinctive folding lid, it’s available in a natural or dark teak finish.

Meanwhile, for additional storage, the Classic double ottoman has all the beauty of reclaimed teak, and at 120 x 80 x 50cm also offers bags of extra space.

The teak root table - the ultimate style statement

Now for the real show stopper: the teak root table. Featuring a stunning 100% reclaimed teak root, this is the ultimate style statement.

Totally unique and naturally beautiful, complete with its distinctive original knots and splits, the teak root table will look fabulous in any home.

At Raft, we are one of the world’s largest retailers of 100% recycled teak, which we turn into stunning and enduring furniture for the home and workplace. You can see the full Raft range of occasional tables here.