When it comes to buying furniture, there are few things that are used as foundation pieces around which future furniture decisions are made. Such pieces of furniture are usually antique or at least display antique elements and can usually be used in any room, regardless of the size or design. In my case it is my elm Chinese altar tables my mother-in-law gave us as a wedding gift.
Although my Chinese altar tables are not hundreds years old, they certainly add the feeling of vintage to the whole room. Chinese used these tables to honour their ancestors and Gods with daily offerings, because they have always believed in the afterlife. I use mine to add style and a doze of flair to our living room. But you can use them in a variety of ways.
As a Vanity
Chinese altar table can be perfect in a bathroom as a vanity; just enough space for the makeup, tooth brushes, few décor items, etc. You can also install few shelves to organize the space beneath it and to add extra storage space.
As a Side Table
Crafted to perfection, a Chinese altar table can be perfect as a side table you can use to showcase your dearest photo memories. Add a vintage brass vase with fresh-cut flowers and a neat stack of books and you’ve got yourself a very elegant side table. Or you can place smaller altar tables on either side of your bed to add that vintage feeling to your bedroom.
As a Sofa Table
There is something really attractive about this idea – placing a table behind a sofa. In a space-restricted and bright room, can you imagine how perfect of a fit a dark wooden piece of furniture would be? Try it.
In a Hallway
Chinese altar tables are most commonly used in hallways, setting the design tone of the rest of the house. A well selected altar table will definitely make you the interior designer of the year among your friends and family. It will welcome your guests and offer storage for personal belongings.
As a Media Stand
If you want to complete the look of your wall-mounted TV, consider using a Chinese altar table. The media stand makes the television looks more complete, whether taking only a small or a lot of wall space. Also, it can provide some additional space for decorative items, photos, DVDs, etc.