While once perhaps being more associated with 70s-style decor, nested tables are now well and truly back in vogue around the home. But their history goes back a little further than that.
Nested tables first appeared in English homes during the 18th century. Thomas Sheraton designed and manufactured what he called a ‘quartetto table’. This new type of furniture consisted of 4 small tables, graduating in size, which were mainly used for needlepoint or checkers at that time.
They also enjoyed a revival during the Bauhaus art period of the 1920s. Marcel Breuer championed their versatility and practicality – while also updating their look with a tubular design.
These days, there are many modern designs available. Nested tables are useful in many ways, for example, enabling you to gain more table space quickly, without taking up extra room when you don’t need it.
If you invite friends and family over, or even if you’re just having a quiet evening in, being able to position a small table next to a chair or sofa is extremely convenient. For example, for placing drinks or snacks within reach, without worrying about a pet or child knocking them over. They also work perfectly for mealtime TV viewing, with a range of sizes to suit different family members.
They are ideal for playing board games or cards, and their graduated design makes them perfect for children to use as a coloring or drawing table. In fact, many families find that children will use a smaller table as a stool to use one of the larger ones as a flat surface.
The myriad of designs available today means that nested tables can now be used as an element of interior design in their own right. From, bold, striking designs such as a perspex nest of tables, they can add to a modernistic feel to your home, and no longer need to be stored in a corner. Or, you may prefer a more traditional look and feel to fit in with your home. It’s entirely up to you.
You can use them as end tables, stools or you could even insert the smallest table onto a shelf, turning it into a mini display area. You don’t need to keep them together either; you can split them into different rooms for different uses. Maybe helping children to use the sink in the bathroom, or reaching for items from high shelves in the kitchen.
They are also easy to move if and when you need them to another room. For example, using them as a bedside table for books and a reading light if you have guests staying over for holidays and special occasions. Or you can even take them outdoors for use during garden parties and barbecues.
So whatever your taste and style in home decor, you will find a version of nested tables to suit your home and budget. These are one of the most versatile pieces of furniture you can buy, so don’t be afraid to experiment.