A side table is any table that sits to the side of a piece of furniture. A side Table is most commonly found in a living area, beside a sofa or chair. In a tiny room, though, you can use one as a nightstand or a coffee table, depending on its height. It’s easy to overlook the side table when creating a space, but they have a bigger impact on your area than you may imagine. Here are some tips we collected to help you choose the right table for your space.

Side Table Height

A normal side table height in a big room is slightly below the arm of the seat. A side table should be no more than an inch or two below the arm of the seat it will be placed next to. Aim for a table that is roughly the same height as a conventional sofa arm. This will ensure you can place drinks, food, and life necessities at the right height to comfortably reach them when seated on your sofa. For armless side chairs, you can opt for a shorter side table, or choose a table height where the arms would normally sit.

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The Shape of the Side Table

In today’s world, side table designs are imaginative and limitless, and there are a variety of options to pick from on the market. Traditionally, side tables are either round or square in design, but with the growing popularity of nesting alternatives, curved shaped tables are becoming more popular. Oval and round shaped types are more suited to smaller locations because they take up less valuable ground space, and they are also a better choice if you have little children because they do not represent as much of a safety danger! If you have a larger lounge or room, rectangular and square designs are ideal since they allow you to anchor the visual flow of the area, acting as a complete stop for your sofa.

Image: Naomi Side Table – Theory of Living Furniture
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Storage and Function of the Side Table

You’ll want to make sure the table’s functionality is suited to your requirements. Look for a table with drawers or open shelves if you believe you’ll need more storage space for remotes, games, tablets, books, or periodicals. So, how many side tables does a room really require? Well, that depends on how many seats you have and how big your area is. In general, we believe that each seat should have its own side table or be able to share one with another. And a side table at each end of a sofa is always a good idea. 


There’s no rule that says your side tables have to have the same style, shape, or finish. In fact, a more mismatched, collected aesthetic appeals to your room. It gives the piece additional depth and dimension, as well as a lot more personality. If you have a traditional armchair, you can pair it with a modern side table to create another layer of dimension.If you’ve inherited a pair of matching side tables, that’s fine, but the rest of the furniture should have some contrast. Side tables are typically one of the last pieces to choose if you are designing a room. It is allowing you to consider what you already have and accent a style to bring balance to the look. Whatever side table you end up with, we know you’ll love the finishing touch and polish it adds to your room.

Find a side table that suits your space and personality at Theory of Living. Theory of Living is here to help you by providing a variety of side tables for your living space. Contact us at sales@theoryofliving or WhatsApp us (click here) for more information and more of our products.

Source: hgtv.com, studio-mcgee.com, interiorsonline.com, ballarddesigns.com

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