In the current issue of Elle Decor, Emma Jane Pilkington and Juan Montoya extol the virtues of games tables and compare various ones on the market. Games tables are great accent pieces to have around the house. They are of course useful for card games but also as a small dining table (which Pilkington mentions more than once) or as a table on which to display a collection. If your taste is more traditional, there are some beautiful antique tables out there. If you prefer a mid-century look, there are an abundance of 20th c. games tables available- remember, mahjongg and canasta used to be quite popular in the 1950s and 60s. And if space is an issue, the triangular, flip top-style table would be perfect in the corner of a room.
White Leather Games Table at Mecox Gardens
Red Lattice Games Table at Downtown/Joe Nye New York
Louis XV style French walnut games table at Piranesi
Table at top: Late 19th c. English lacquered games table from 1stdibs.com