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Side tables not only balance the look of a living room or bedroom set, but they also function as a place to set beverages and hold reading lights. In order to capture both form and function, you want to think about how you’ll use the table as well as what style will complement the room’s overall décor. More 
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In your side table search, rely on the following to help you navigate your options:

Why do I need a side table?


Side tables can serve many functions: from holding lamps and books, to coffee cups and more. Think about what all you plan to be setting on the surface of your end table to help determine the size and shape. In addition, think about whether you could use extra storage in your living or family room: you could consider an end table with practical drawers or shelves.

How tall and wide should a side table be?


To get this right, take a good look at the furniture your side table will be complementing. In general, your side table should be several inches lower than the arm of your chair or sofa, and the width should be in direct proportion. Side tables that are too high or too short will be uncomfortable, and anything too wide will weigh down the surrounding furniture.

What materials should I consider?


If you’re going for top quality, solid wood side tables are strong and durable, and, depending on the construction, can complement most styles. Leather end tables will add a rich complement to your décor and will only get better with age. Metal or glass end tables will add a nice touch to contemporary or eclectic interiors. Be weary of side tables constructed from particle board, especially if disguised by a nice veneer: while they’re less expensive, they typically don’t last long.

What style will work for me?


The selection for side tables is wide and varying, so whatever style you’re trying to meet, it’s likely you’ll find it. To complement furnishings with clean, well-defined lines, think a modern or contemporary table. Antique side tables can add an eclectic, traditional vibe, while the ornate designs of Art Nouveau side tables may make them the focal point of the room.

How should I maintain the condition of my side table?


Any surface that will be home to beverages will inevitably come in contact with water and moisture. Be sure to seal the top of your side table, and have coasters at hand as a preventative measure.