Are you looking to rejuvenate the decoration of your living room? All you need is an eye for details and some patience and you can bring home that perfect yet cheap end table to brighten up any corner of your home. Over the years, there have been several changes to these kinds of tables. Today you can find them with compartments and drawers as well increasing their utility as storage spaces too. Use your end table to store away small items like remotes, pens, playing cards or your iPod.
There are some end tables that take functionality a step further with cushioned seats under them that can be pulled out when you need extra seating for guests. You can get amazing end tables with magical or antique paintings over the varnish for that are sure to bowl your guests over!
Usually round, rectangular, square or oblong; today you will find end tables in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Some modern homeowners have the wackiest end tables you can think of, imagine one with speakers and lights on it. I have even seen one in the shape of a toilet! Not to mention one that was customized to fit in an aquarium. There is no limit to the imagination of the modern interior designer and you can find or get customized end tables in whichever shape or size you fancy.
Most end tables are made with oak, wood, synthetic wood, glass or plastic. You can also find them in steel or brass as well. The cost of the end tables can go high depending on the material used. If you are not looking to spend a lot of money, then your search for cheap end tables can be quenched at garage sales, discount stores and clearance sales.
However, just because you got it cheap does not imply that you need not take good care of it. They are still solid furniture pieces in your home and add to the overall design theme. Make sure you end tables are protected against scratches since somebody is always bound to cut a tight corner and bang into them. Put a large lamp to make it more visible or use table runners for protection.
End tables can be easily damaged by water, always keep coasters handy on the table. If you cannot remove those white rings caused by setting down a glass on the table, you may have to get it refinished each time.
Lastly, make sure that the cheap end table looks anything but cheap! Keep dirt and dust off the surface to avoid spoiling the finish. Keep the surface regularly polished to avoid oil from food or your hands to seep in and change the color of the wood.