Side and end tables can seamlessly add a pop of color, a touch of elegance, or additional storage to your living room or bedroom.
According to interior designer and CEO of Kathy Kuo Home, Kathy Kuo, there’s no one right way to go about buying a side or end table. “Choose a table that compliments your larger anchor pieces (sofas, arm chairs, and coffee tables). It can blend in or stand out,” she says.
We researched the best side and end tables for your space, keeping in mind the shape, material, and size of each. The Furrion Just 3-Tier Turn-N-Tube End Table, our best overall pick, is easy to assemble, affordable, and comes in various colors and styles.
Here, the best side and end tables.
Easy to put together
Many style options
This affordable side table from Amazon earns our top spot. The petite table easy fits in small spaces next to a bed or couch and features three shelves for displaying and storing items. While it’s not the sturdiest option on this list, every tier holds up to 15 pounds, so don’t be afraid to pile on the coffee table books. The rounded edges also make this a great choice for households with small children.
One of the best parts of this pick is the diversity of styles and colors. There are ten colors available, from classic black and white to various shades of wood grain. Consumers can also choose between plastic and stainless steel poles depending on their desired look and aesthetic.
The small table works perfectly as a nightstand or end table in a living or family room. Also, most customers reassure that assembly took only 10 minutes or less. One thing to note is that it may not be very sturdy, but at such an affordable price, it’s a no-brainer for a universal side or end table for any space.
You can’t go wrong with the IKEA Lack Side Table for a simple, affordable option. The classic design proves versatile and sturdy, while being easy to put together and lightweight. This could act as a perfect starter table before investing in something more expensive or extravagant. Or if you a prefer minimalistic design, it functions perfectly next to a loveseat or sofa.
There are four colors to choose from that all match easy with various design styles. Because they are so lightweight, you can easily move it around as your vision and design style changes. Plus, it’s compatible with other IKEA tables, so you can use a few as nesting tables to save space.
If you have a bit more to spend on your side and end table needs, look to Thuma’s nightstand. Known for their extravagant bed frames, Thuma’s attractive nightstand is made from upcycled eco-friendly wood, available in three finishes. The compact design fits in small spaces and offers a drawer and open shelf for storage.
While designed for the bedroom, the sleek design could easily accompany a couch or recliner in the living room as well. The curved corners add a modern touch and are constructed from traditional Japanese joint corner connections that eliminate the need for hardware. This means there’s no assembly required: Simply unbox your new side table and enjoy.
Easy to assemble
Perfect for anywhere in your living room, this Scandinavian side table is equal parts beautiful and durable. The high-quality coating protects the table’s wood surface from water rings and other marks or dents. Choose from two finishes of the classic wood grain that transfers easily from modern to rustic design styles.
The sleek table fits easily in small corners, so it’s perfect for small spaces. What’s more, the removable shelf adds additional storage for books or knick-knacks. While expensive, the high-quality construction resists wear over time, and the classic design adds personality to any space without overpowering other sofas or chairs.
Easy to assemble
Great for small spaces
Enhance your patio, deck, or other outdoor space with this attractive side table from Winston Porter. The solid wood construction and teak finish give this table a coastal look whether you live near a body of water or not. Plus, it’s designed to be weather resistant, so you can leave it out all year long.
You don’t have to worry about piling cocktails, succulents, or sunscreen bottles on this table because it can support 250 pounds when fully constructed. What’s more, it’s easy to put together and fits easily in small spaces.
If you don’t have a ton of room in your living area but still want somewhere to enjoy meals or rest your drink, this C-shaped table from Amazon is perfect. The design slides easily under your bed or sofa so your snacks or drinks are easier to reach. Also, when not in use, it can be slid off to the side of your couch to take up as little room as possible.
This side table feels sturdy, while still being affordable and lightweight. While the height may not work for every couch and every person, this stays a reliable pick for small living rooms or bedrooms. Plus, it comes in six attractive colors to match your artistic vision.
If you’re looking for the best table for a small nursery to accompany a crib or reading chair, look to Frenchi Furniture’s magazine table. The tabletop has enough space to store toys, wipes, bottles, a lamp, and more. Plus, the storage space on the bottom is perfect for displaying picture books, so they’re easily accessible for bed time.
While advertised as a favorite for nurseries, this small table works perfectly for living rooms, teen bedrooms, and more. We love the whimsical design, ample storage space, and sturdy construction. This pick comes at an affordable price, is easy to put together, and comes in classic white or a cherry wood color.
Multiple color options
Lots of storage space
Add a pop of color to your space with this locker that doubles as a side table. Mustard Made’s The Shorty acts as a side table, nightstand, or desk extender and features ample storage and an adorable design. One of the best features is that you can choose which way the door opens, depending on the space you envision for your locker.
Inside, there’s plenty of space for toys, clothes, desk essentials and more. Everything stays organized with adjustable shelves, a hook, and a cable hole. You also don’t have to worry about this piece falling over, since it comes with a wall attachment built in. On the outside, there’s a lock to keep everything secure with a custom keyring just for you.
Tons of storage space
For those looking for additional storage in their side or end table, we recommend this pick from Benton Park. The classic design features one open shelf for displaying books or other essentials, plus a second door for discreet storage. There are also three USB ports build into the table so you can easily charge your devices next to your bed or couch without needing to be near an outlet.
Though very solid and sturdy, this pick maintains easy to put together. The simple design easily fits with any decor in a living room or bedroom, especially in classic black. However, we do wish it came in a few more colors.
Sealed for longevity
While not the must functional side table, this pick from Anthropologie will surely turn heads. The Statuette side table comes in a unique, modern design that can add a pit of elegance to any room. The hardwood is sealed to protect the surface, so you can rest your water cups or coffee mugs on this table without worry.
Because each table is handcrafted, each one may vary slightly in texture and color. Despite the tall, thin design, the table is sturdy and perfect for displaying books, plants, lamps, and more. While it comes at a high price, this eye-catching piece can easily tie a room together.
Lots of storage space
Multiple color options
This simple nightstand proves the perfect side table for the bedroom. The Andover Mills Rushville nightstand features three drawers with ample storage space in nine fun and classic colors.
The best part? This pick comes full assembled so you can start enjoying it right away. We love the lightweight feel that makes it easy to move and rave about its small size, perfect for fitting in corners and crevices. While it’s not as sturdy as some of the other options on this list, it’s a great find for the bedroom that will match existing decor and offer space for remotes, chords, self care items, and more.
Easy to put together
Glass side tables offer a sleek, modern look to any space. We love this choice from Sivil that comes in black or bronze. We love that the clean lines give an elegant and sophisticated appearance. The three glass shelves give you an opportunity to display coffee table books or fancy vases all year round.
We love the heavy weight and sturdiness of this pick, while still being relatively easy to assemble. The rectangular shape fits perfectly next to a large couch or in an entryway or hallway. On Amazon, similar coffee tables and entryway tables are available in other fun colors as well for a matching set.
Four color options
Small space friendly
While most side tables offer functionality as a place to put your drink or extra storage in a small space, this pick from West Elm is all about style. The textured, round Fluted Side Table offers upscale elegance perfect for modern or minimalistic styles.
Each piece is handcrafted from earthenware with a semi-matte glaze, so they’re sturdy and long-lasting. We appreciate that you can choose from two different sizes to perfectly fit your space. Plus, these tables are suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Choose from classic white, terracotta orange, muted pink, or soft gray.
Small shape friendly
Storage space included
Acrylic furniture has been a trendy choice especially for teens because it often comes in funky colors and offers a chance to display fun pieces. This side table from Pottery Barn Teen operates as a magazine or book table, and it’s completely clear, giving you the chance to display your most interesting reading materials in a stylish way.
The slim table is small space friendly and easy to clean with a damp cloth. While small, it can hold up to 200 pounds so it can easily operate as a nightstand or side table for drinks, flowers, and more. This would work perfectly in a dorm room because it’s lightweight and requires no assembly.
Perhaps the most important factor when choosing a side or end table is the size. You want to ensure that your table will fit perfectly next your couch or bed, so be sure to always measure that area first and check the dimensions of your options.
It’s also important to check the height of your side or end table. Often, these tables look the best when they line up perfectly with the furniture around it. For a C-shaped table, you want to ensure it will easily slide under your couch with enough room for the table to rest comfortably above your seat.
While side and end tables generally tend to be on the smaller side, bigger tables often include storage solutions. This could be a great reason to purchase a side table, according to Kuo. “Nesting tables are nice because you get additional table space when you need it. Some will feature bonus shelving, drawers, or cubbies below the surface,” she says.
The material of your side or end table will change the look you are going for. Wood offers a rustic vibe, while acrylic is more playful. Simple practical board or glass often offer modern or minimalistic charm.
The material will also affect how you clean your table. Most tables can be wiped down with a damp cloth, while others like, tile tables, can handle tough cleaners. Be sure to check the care instructions of your table to ensure its longevity and prevent damage.
Not all side or end tables come in squares or rectangles. While these might seem to fit the best in your space, you can explore end tables with rounded edges or tables that have more geometric features. Don’t think that your space should limit what shape you end up choosing.
“As a general rule, an end table within 1-3 inches of your sofa or chair’s arm height produces a harmonious look, and it is very hard to go wrong with this proportion,” says Kuo. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule, depending on the height of your sofa.
Kuo also says it’s worth considering what you want to put on your end table when you think of height. If you plan to put a lamp on your side table, she says that the bottom of a lampshade shouldn’t be above eye level for a person seated on a chair or sofa. “Finally, for a truly balanced design, you’ll want the depth of the end table to be equal to or less than the depth of the sofa or chair its accompanying,” she adds.
Oftentimes, side and end tables serve similar purposes and can both exist in the same space. However, there are a few small differences that separate them. “A side table is typically slightly larger in surface area and can easily be placed on its own against a wall or in a corner,” explains Kuo. “An end table, on the other hand, is designed to be placed alongside a chair or sofa and are often purchased in pairs for symmetry on either side of a larger sofa.” As always, design choices are personal. There are no set rules on how you must use or decorate the furniture in your space.
There are no set rules when it comes to decorating your living room or bedroom. Many end tables do come in pairs and are designed to be used on either side of a large couch or sofa. However, if you only have room for one end table in your space, that’s perfectly fine, according to Kuo. She mentions that while two side tables might be great for someone who values symmetry, but everyone has the space or money to purchase both, and this still looks great.
This article was written by Julia Fields, a lifestyle writer for The Spruce covering all things surrounding toys, gifts, and the holidays. She’s also covered similar topics in other roles, including toy reviews, product round-ups, expert interviews, and more.
Expert advice was provided by interior designer and CEO of Kathy Kuo Home, Kathy Kuo.
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