Side Tables: Important Furniture Items for Your Living Room and Bedroom

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A side table may not be the focal point of your living room or bedroom, but it certainly ties the space together. Side tables are often overlooked because, just like rugs and carpets, they’re not the most important piece of furniture in the room; however, a side table in itself can be a standout piece of furniture. In our opinion, aside from their practicality and storage abilities, a side table can easily make or break the ambience of a living room or bedroom.

Let’s take a closer look at why side tables can be a standout piece of furniture, and why they should definitely be a feature in your home.




You can’t overestimate the versatility of a side table. To start with, they can easily be moved around your space. When placed in a living room, a side table allows you to introduce different textures into your space, all the while functioning as a safe and even surface for your coffee cup or book. Side tables are typically higher than coffee tables, which makes them more suited as a resting nook for small essentials, like your glasses and keys, while keeping your coffee table clutter free. And, because they’re often smaller than a coffee table, you can easily pull a side table up to your sofa for easy access.


A side table works best when it measures a couple of inches below the arm of a chair or sofa. This ensures that food, drinks, and other little necessities can be placed at the right height so that you can comfortably reach them when seated on your chair.


While a side table may be a small piece of furniture, you can use this handy tabletop to add decor items to your rooms. Consider decorating your side table with a sculptural decor piece or a healthy plant, a lamp, a family photograph, or whatever injects your personality into the room.


You Can’t Have Too Much Storage Space


A bedroom side table is a must-have piece of furniture. In addition to the handy surface they provide, they also deliver an important storage solution for any bedroom. Most bedroom side tables provide a perfect home for reading lamps, candles, books or Kindle, while their drawers provide hidden storage solutions for medications, pyjamas and other clothing items like socks, knickers, handkerchiefs, and basically whatever you like to keep close at hand. It’s an undeniable fact that a matching side table on each side of your bed will enhance the look of your bedroom.


They Fill An Awkward Space


Site tables are extremely versatile and come in different shapes and sizes, which means you will always be able to find the right side table for your space. How many side tables should you have in each room? There’s no right or wrong answer to this question – it depends on the space, but our suggestion is no more than two per room.


Round and oval-shaped styles are more suited to smaller spaces because they take up less room; they’re also the preferred option if you have small children in your home and are worried about the safety risk.


There are many different types, sizes, materials, and designs to choose from when it comes to side tables. If you’re trying to bring symmetry to a room, simply choose the same side table for each side of a chair or sofa. But they don’t always need to match. When you add different side tables to a room it can provide some much-needed interest and contrast.


While each side table provides valuable storage space, you don’t want your rooms to look too cramped, so make sure you allow enough room for your other pieces of furniture to breathe. Round side tables are great for softening the look if you have a room with lots of square and rectangle-shape furnishings.


Side Tables Look Great!


The beauty of side tables is that there’s a wide range of styles and designs available, with each one having the ability to bring new life to a space. If you want to add a subtle and natural touch to a room, you might want to consider a wooden side table; if you’re looking to introduce a textural element and colour, then you may want to look for a marble side table. Stone or marble would be a good choice if you’re planning on using your side table to hold food and drinks.


If you have coloured or patterned bedding and cushions, then the ideal bedside table would be coloured white. Besides the practical aspects of having a handy surface close by, it’s hard to deny that a white (or any coloured) side table enhances the appearance of any bedroom.

They Keep You Organised


Most of us need a side table in our bedroom to help us stay organised. Without a bedside tabletop and the shelves or drawers beneath, it would be awkward and annoying if everything we needed while in bed was out of arms reach. A bedside table could be described as the ideal silent support system for the person staying in that room. When choosing the right side table for your bedroom, keep its function in mind when making your selection.


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