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How to Choose Side Tables for Your Home

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Tips and Ideas to Pick the Perfect Side Table for Your Space

When you’re decorating a room, it can be easy to spend the majority of your time focused on the big items, like a sofa, a large media console or a colorful area rug. But don’t forget to shift your focus to some of the accent pieces that help really complete the look of the room. Case in point—side tables. They most certainly should not be an afterthought. In fact, this is where some of the best accent work can be done. First, consider the logistics—how tall, how wide, etc. Then think about style. Don’t be surprised if side tables end up being your new decorating best friend. We have all the inspiration for you here.

How high should a side table be?

The general rule of thumb is to choose a side table that is about an inch or two below the furniture it is sitting beside. This provides a comfortable reach to use the table. Standard sofa arms range from 24 to 32 inches high, so measure before you shop. How about those instances when you aren’t placing it next to a chair or sofa, such as in an entryway or foyer? You can go a few inches higher—about 28-30 inches tall is about right. Keep in mind how you plan to use the table. If it is a sofa table meant to capture keys and mail, then keep it at about waist height. Go taller if it is solely meant to showcase decorative items.

Carson Forge Sofa Table

How big should a side table be?

You want your side table to compliment the sofa it is next to, so choose one with a depth that matches the depth of the sofa. Average end table dimensions are about 25 inches square, which works well with an average size couch. However, every couch and room is different, so let the measuring tape be your friend.Tip_MixMatch Side Tables

Round Side Table
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What shape side table should I choose?

Square, rectangular, round. There are plenty of options out there and it all depends on the shape and style of your room’s furniture. If your furniture features all squared edges, round side tables can help provide a nice contrast and break things up a bit. Square tables offer a bit more surface area and plenty of room for a table lamp. Square tables also fit nicely into a corner where you have a sofa on one side and a chair on the other. Keep in mind how you expect it to be used when choosing the shape.

Revolving End Table

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Can side tables be more functional?

Of course! Look at nesting table options that offer the ability to un-nest and be used in multiple areas of the room. There are many side or end tables that feature shelves or drawers that provide added storage options as well. Some even spin to allow for easy accessibility and added flexibility. In today’s world, side tables with built-in charging stations can quickly become the family’s favorite.

Looking for even more decorating inspiration?

Find even more ideas for decorating your living room space here.

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Comments (2)

Henry Walker

Amazing tips for choosing perfect side table for home decor.

Thank you

Country Door

Thanks for the compliment! We’ll keep working on bringing you more tips and decorating inspiration.
Your Country Door Team

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Published on Oct 02 2017

Last Updated on Jul 23 2019

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