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C-Table Roundup

I love my sofa.  It’s deep and covered in pillows and, in a pinch, makes for a decent bed.  Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time there working on my laptop: editing photos, checking email, doing my daily reading, writing for you folks. Unfortunately, it’s taken quite a toll on my shoulders and back being hunched over the low coffee table for hours on end.  I’ve determined that I am in need of something to work on which will keep me from turning into the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

So I’m on the hunt, searching for a side table that pulls up to the sofa and can be used as a laptop work surface.  Let’s see what I’ve come up with so far...

The Parsons C-Table from Room and Board has a clean, spare silhouette and stands on a natural steel base. The tabletop can be finished in one of 19 available options including glass, quartz/granite and wood. I love that this option is so customizable.  You're bound to find something that suits your taste.  (A similar but more affordable option is offered at West Elm.)


Since many of our fixtures in the living room are of the antique bronze variety, this slightly more blocky version from Crate & Barrel (also called the Parsons C-Table) could be a good fit.  The black steel base (which would work well with our existing fixtures) is chunky but visually offset by the clear glass top.



 On the other hand, we've managed to accumulate lots of dark wood furniture.  So much so that I wonder if I wouldn't be better off finding pieces that can bring shine and light to our rooms. This glass and chrome version from BoConcept could do just the trick.


For an integrated seating and table solution, there is Rasmus Fenhann’s Laptop Loungechair.  This chair (which is like a modernized, felt-y reincarnation of the elementary school chairs of yore) is sizeable enough to work facing the table as well as beside it.

In the “something more unique” corner comes the bendy, shiny, candy-colored Yo-yo table from designer Jacob Wagner.

If I were only handy with tools and wood, I’d make my own with these plans from Ana White.



So what do you think?  Should I be heading to the lumber yard and dusting off my hammer?  Go traditional and versatile?  Or something more witty and playful?  Do tell...


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Reader Comments (4)

something with less hard edges might feel more organic and be safer with little kids running around. maybe something like the curvy shiny one but in wood?

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertania

@tania: that could be a good compromise. i do love the lines of the yo-yo table but fear the color may be just a wee bit too much for our house.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMae

The Parsons C-Table is lovely! I have the Portica one, with the stainless steel legs, from R&B in white oak. I use this almost every day. I often need to do work from my laptop at night (Darn, those pesky California clients!) and sometimes I would prefer to sit, or lie, on my sofa while working. Also, I can move it to my bedroom and use it there, if I wish. It is portable, beautiful, solid and durable.

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

@catherine: i love that room and board table. sounds like we'd make similar use of the table so i'm glad to hear you like yours. now, to just figure out the tabletop material... -- mae.

January 13, 2011 | Registered CommenterHere in This House

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