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- C tables are the polished, grown-up versions of fold-out snack tables. It smartly designed to provide a surface for eating or working, without taking up too much floor space.
- The Alcott Hill Gammons End Table from Wayfair is our top pick thanks to its sleek, classic design and built-in magazine rack.
Anyone who’s eaten dinner while watching Netflix knows the benefit of a couch-side surface to put food on. However, coffee tables are bulky and fold-out snack tables, while functional and space saving, tend to be less than stylish. Enter, the C table.
The name comes from the unique three-sided shape (it’s also called a C-side table). Because it’s "missing" one side, it can hover over the arm of a sofa or chair, as the base slides beneath the seat (provided there’s some clearing between the chair and the floor). Not all C tables are equally attractive, but they tend to be more stylish than their fold-out counterparts and provide the perfect small-space solution for snacking or working in the living room.
C tables are getting trendy, particularly with people living in small apartments, although it’s not a totally new concept. Major retailers like Amazon, CB2, and Wayfair all carry takes on this style of table, many of which are incredibly affordable. Here are the best C tables favored by reviewers and consumers.
The best C tables you can buy:
- Best C table overall: Alcott Hill Gammons End Table
- Best acrylic C table: CB2 Peekaboo Acrylic C Table
- Best minimalist C table: Project 62 Glasgow C Table
- Best stackable C table: Carolina Chair & Table Madison Nesting Table
- Best wood C table: Wrought Studio Thaxted End Table
Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.
The best C table overall
Why you’ll love it: The Alcott Hill Gammons End Table features clean, geometric lines, a neutral wood finish, and a built-in storage rack for your reading material.
The Alcott Hill Gammons End Table from Wayfair solves several couch-side lounging issues. It gives you a place to eat or work and an area to store your reading material. The natural wood look is more traditional, but it can work with many interior design schemes. A built-in magazine rack provides a clever storage solution for tiny living rooms with minimal surface space.
Constructed of rubberwood, it has a polished, neutral brown finish. Despite the material, you can easily slide it right up toward where you’re sitting. The surface is large enough to accommodate a laptop or a standard-sized dinner plate.
This table is a big hit with Wayfair shoppers, with a 4.4-star customer rating based on more than 4,000 reviews.
“I got two of these to use as side tables in a tiny condo and I love them! They are very small so you will not store full-size magazines or catalogs in the side pocket but they are great for holding your reading glasses and other small items you want to keep handy,” wrote one shopper.
Pros: Affordable, comes with storage pocket, comes in five neutral shades
Cons: Magazine rack is a bit narrow, assembly required
The best acrylic C table
Why you’ll love it: CB2’s Peekaboo Acrylic C Table is a conversation piece that adds a quick dose of cool to any decorating scheme.
I’ve become somewhat obsessed with acrylic design elements ever since my mom picked up the coffee table version of the Peekaboo Acrylic C Table from CB2. There’s something about adding a transparent piece of furniture that makes a space look infinitely cooler. In the Peekaboo series, there’s also a C table for small-space dwellers.
This table would elevate anybody’s first apartment from the hand-me-down look to something sophisticated. It’s 100% clear, save for the metal fixtures that hold the wheels (also acrylic) in place. Those wheels ensure the table is mobile, making it the perfect multi-use piece for any room.
Product photos show the table being used as a makeshift bar cart, with bottles stashed on the elongated base. Or, you can keep that area clear and slide it right under the couch for a snug dining surface.
Pros: Cool design, mobile, no assembly
The best minimalist C table
Why you’ll love it: The Project 62 Glasgow C Table is a minimalist’s dream come true.
If you’re leading a minimalist lifestyle, the Project 62 Glasgow C Table just might be a perfect fit. While the CB2 Peekaboo Acrylic C Table is also understated, that’s more of an art piece. Plus, you can’t beat this table’s price.
This C table is made of steel and features geometric design elements that harken back to the modernist era of the 1960s (hence the name, Project 62). It comes in two colors, white and black, and measures 16 inches wide, 16 inches deep, and 26 inches tall. The base has no surface so it can’t be used as a shelf, but if storage isn’t a requirement, this is a perfect pick.
Reviewers on Target’s website give the Glasgow C Table a nearly perfect 5 out of 5 stars based on 132 responses. “A perfect C-table at a great price!” wrote one shopper. “I’ve been looking for one for a while now, they’re usually $100 to 200, and didn’t want one that had to be screwed together … This item comes to your door fully assembled, welded together, and ready to go. It has a good heft to it, it’s not heavy though, so it feels like good quality.”
Pros: Preassembled, affordable, simple design
Cons: No bottom shelf
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