Mid-Century Modern Furniture: Popular Then and Now

Sleek lines. Throw-back angles. Nostalgic feelings. These are just a few words to describe the ever-popular, mid-century modern style. Since its inception and rise to fame during the 40s to 60s, its popularity has never wavered.

What is Mid-Century Modern Furniture?

Mid-century modern design got its roots in Germany and expanded to America after World War II when designers migrated to the U.S. The war inspired change both in economics and technology and the demand for simplistic, quickly built, attainable designs emerged. New materials for building were a result of technological advances, and designers started exploring with things other than wood, such as malleable materials like plastic, fiberglass, foam and aluminum. These new materials opened the door to trying new techniques, new colors and new styles.

You can see these designs all over to this day, including in our two retail locations. Classic characteristics of mid-century furniture include:

  • Simple, easy, minimal design with the lack of excess decorative features.
  • The use of different and contrasting materials to create a unique piece.
  • Melding the past with the future while still allowing for the piece to be functional.

What Makes it so Popular?

One of the biggest reasons mid-century modern has remained so popular is because it serves us in the same way it did back then. It’s still functional, comfortable, appealing and affordable. There are designs left to be imagined using the same techniques, making it a timeless furniture style.  It takes us back and allows us to reminisce while still allowing us to dream of the future.

Another reason it is so popular is that it is readily available and fits well in smaller spaces, making it a popular choice for those newly starting out in their own place.

Adding Mid-Century Modern Decor to Your Home

One of the easiest places to start decorating your home in a mid-century modern style is in your dining room. This is especially true when you have a smaller dining room or a kitchen/dining combo. For example, tables often look sleek enough to be dining room furniture while functional enough to be a kitchen table for daily use. You can play down the design with plastic or wood chairs or spice it up with fabric chairs. With its minimal design profile, mid-century modern dining room sets won’t take up much room, which will allow you more space for entertaining. Adding a few decor items in this style is as easy as choosing a chandelier or bar cart.

No matter what furniture you decide to decorate your home with, the mid-century modern look is sure to appeal to your visitors as well as provide lasting comfort for you.

 

Picking the Right Stools for Your Dining Table

Having enough stools to please everyone that is sitting at your dining table is a must, especially if you plan to host a lot of dinner parties for coworkers and friends. Yet having stools that are too tall can cause people to feel uncomfortable. Their legs can become wedged in the tight space and scrape against the bottom of the table surface. Also, it can be hard to move the stool back from the table when standing up if there isn’t enough space as the stool could be too wide. 

Sizing the Stools for Dining Tables 

Dining tables come at a range of heights, from 28 inches to 31 inches. Most people are comfortable when there is about 9 inches to 12 inches of space between their legs and the table top. This measurement can vary depending on the size of the person sitting at the table, as children may need a higher stool. In addition, the thickness of the tabletop and the table curtain can also impact the size of the stool. 

Dining stool heights can average from 17 inches to 20 inches high (counter and bar stools can be from 24 inches to 30 inches from the seat of the stool to the floor. So if the dining table is 28 inches, you want a stool that is around 18 inches. 

When measuring the tables and stools, remember to take the measurements from under the table to the top of the stool’s seat. Take into consideration the table’s apron, if it has one, and any padding that the stool might have that can change the measurement. 

Whether you decide on a round or square stool seat, keep in mind that the width and depth of the seat will also impact the number of stools you have at the table. The best way to decide on a stool is to sit in it and see how comfortable it feels. Then you can be rest assured that you are getting the right one for your needs. 

Using Pub Tables to Entertain Guests and Family

When you have guests or extended family over at your home, you want them to have an entertaining experience. Not only do you want to have games for them to play and music to dance to, you want to provide the perfect seating to relax, have a drink, and eat a meal. Pub tables can be used in your home for entertainment purposes. Here are several things you can do with your pub tables. 

Home Theater and Entertainment Room 

Pub tables are the perfect addition to a large home theater room, entertainment room or game room. You can provide places where people can sit and watch sports games on the large television screen or add addition seating and table space by the home bar. People can also sit at the pub table with their drinks while waiting for their turn to play at the pool table or the dart board game. 

Indoor Outdoor Spaces 

If you have a covered porch area or other outdoor living space, a pub table can be a great addition to the area. You can place it by the outdoor kitchen to provide a seating and an eating area. When the sun sets, you can light a fire in the fire pit and watch the flames while laughing and talking with your guests. 

Kitchen Nooks 

If you have a breakfast nook in your kitchen, a pub table can be the perfect size to fit into the space versus having a larger kitchen table. This layout is ideal for couples who are downsizing when the adult kids have moved out as they are looking for a smaller home. 

Open Floor Plans 

When you have an open floor plan between the kitchen, dining room space and living room, a pub table can be the perfect furniture to define eating spaces. You can have a small pub table next to your kitchen island to have extra meal prep space. You can also set up the pub table as an extra place for the kids to study as they have the right amount of room for books and study material without cluttering up the living room. 

There are a wide range of uses for pub tables, including turning them into end tables in the living room, a side table in the entryway to hold your keys or purse, or as a home office desk. Look at your home and consider the places where a pub table could be an exciting new addition to the space.