Last updated on November 3rd, 2021
Side tables perform a supporting (and a very important!) role in every living room and serve as the landing surfaces for table lamps, coffee mugs, books, and other living room miscellanea.
Although they serve a simple function, choosing the perfect side table can be a tough task. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and finishes. And, considering that you use them in the living room, you can’t have anything but the best! Here’re a few guidelines to help you choose the perfect side table for your living room.
The first thing that you need to consider while looking for a side table is the height of the table. Ideally, a side table’s height should be equal to or a little lower than the arms of the sofa. A standard sofa arm can be anything in between 24-32 inches, however, it’s best to physically measure yours to make sure you have the right size. For armless chairs, you can settle for a shorter side table, or pick a table height roughly where you think the arms would sit.
If you have already started looking out, then you must know there are a plethora of shapes, sizes, and styles of side tables available, so it can be quite a task to pick the right fit.
If you are in doubt, take a good look at your living room and its furnishings and then decide on the table. For instance, if you have a lot of upholstered furniture or something with bold patterns then opt for a side table with a clean, streamlined design. And if you have a lot of leggy pieces in the room, then run with something bolder and more glamorous.
When it comes to shapes, round tables are our personal favorite (you can never go wrong with them!). They balance out the corners of a square room. However, square tables offer significantly more surface area to keep a table lamp and other knick-knacks. So, you may want to think about how you will use the table and then decide on the shape.
You need to decide on the functionality of the table beforehand to ensure that the table you pick is right for your needs. If you think you need additional storage room for remotes, tablets, books, and magazines, look for a table with drawers or open shelves.
So, how many side tables does a room require? Well, it depends upon the amount of seating you have and the extent of your living room space. As a rule, each seat should have its side table or share one with another chair. Also, couches look extraordinary with a side table at either end. The style, shape, and finish of your side tables don’t really need to match. In fact, a pair of mismatched tables can add depth and personality to your living room. And don’t worry if you’ve got a pair of matching ones, you can always add a touch of uniqueness to them with what you decide to adorn them with.