“It’s the little things.” YEP! It’s the side tables. Although they are small, they are impactful. Side tables are great because they are versatile pieces of furniture. Albeit commonly used in the bedroom, living room, or the outdoors, a side table can be put pretty much anywhere. It’s really up to you and your imagination! But if they’re so important, why aren’t they one of the first things we’re thinking to purchase when buying furniture for our new apartment/house? Simple. Side tables are not the first thing on our mind when we’re buying furniture for our new place because when we’re thinking furniture, we’re thinking bigger things like a bed or a sofa. The side table is usually an afterthought and a décor piece. But having so many of my own and using them every single day, I’ve realized how essential they are to my home. Therefore, I decided to write a blog post on side tables for you guys as well as attach some of my personal favorites.
5 reasons why you a need a side table in your home
Putting two bedside tables in a bedroom makes the room look more balanced and complete. Matching bedside tables create opportunity for more symmetry because they accommodate matching lamps on each stand. But don’t limit yourself to just lamps! You can add matching of anything. A few things I’d recommend matching are flowers, candles, books, crystals, plants etc.
Depending on the side table that you get, you can store quite a bit. Whether it’s blankets, or any kind of clutter, a side table makes all the chaos looked contained.
You can use your side table for absolutely anything!
From flowers, to candles, to books, to picture frames, to pieces of art, to crystals, to ashtrays, to room sprays, you can use your side table for anything! You can even just turn your side table into a bar stand or a personal dinner table. The funkier the better in my opinion. Again, the sky is the limit here.
If you want to make a color in a room more prominent, all you have to do is introduce a side table of that particular color or pattern. It’s a small detail that changes the entire room.
As I mentioned above, side tables are extremely functional and versatile pieces of furniture. That being said, you don’t necessarily have to have your side tables out on display! There are some side tables that you can fold and just put back in your closet. These are extremely handy because they get the job done and don’t have to coordinate with the space in which you use them in.
Just like a baby needs sleep, a bed needs a bedside table. Not only does a bedside table offer a complete and balanced look but it also complements the bed design so that it’s in sync. Additionally, the bedside table can be used to display any kind of décor you’d like which can create a vibe your room may otherwise not have had. Most importantly though, the bedside table can accommodate a lamp! If you live in New York City, I’m sure you can relate that having a light already installed in your room is highly unlikely. Therefore, installing your own light is absolutely essential. And what better place to do it than on your bedside table? Besides that, a bedside table also allows you to bring anything into your room comfortably. If your someone who loves to eat in bed, all you’ll have to do once you’ve finished your plate (or haven’t lol) is stretch your arms a couple inches. I’ve linked some of my favorite bedside tables below.
Nathan James Amalia Nightstand Marble Solid Wood Accent Table , White/Light Brown – $81
EXILOT Solid Wood Nightstand Mid-Century Modern Bedside Table Small End Table Side Table – $34.99
Bamboo Nightstand Stackable Side Table End Table Bedside Tables for Living Room/Bedroom/Nursery Room/Laundry Room/Study Room, Set of 2，Natural – $48.98
Nightstands Bedside Table Top 2 Tempered Glass Tiers, Side Table Small End Table Metal Gold for Living Room Balcony Bed Room – $136
Sofa side tables and End tables
While both tables can be placed next to the sofa, they each serve different purposes. The side table can be placed in any room but is never the main table in the room and cannot accommodate storage. On the other hand, the end table is supposed to be placed next to the sofa and can accommodate storage. Therefore, it is a matter of placement and storage space that differentiates the two. Both however can bring a touch of style into the room by providing a space to put lamps, books, plants, candles, flowers, picture frames, etc., as well as provide a space for smaller but more widely used items such as a remote control or any kind of beverage/meal. I’ve linked some of my favorite side tables/end tables below.
Side Table Modern Nightstand Round Side End Accent Coffee Table for Living Room Bedroom Balcony Family and Office (19.7inx18.7in) – $37.99
Round Side Table, Metal End Table Coffee Tea Sofa Side Table for Living Room Accent Tables, Small Round Nightstands Modern Night Table, Coffee Table, Gold – $35.99
Snack Side Table, C Shaped End Table for Sofa Couch and Bed, White – $39.99
Unique Shape Natural Wood Stump Rustic Surface End Table – $69
Gold Round Small Nesting Side End Coffee Tables Set of 2 with Glass Top for Living Room Bedroom – $107.99
Cb2 Novo Acrylic Folding Table – $149
Amazon End Table Varieties
Outdoor side tables
Need a table to put your plants on? Or some extra chairs for your guests? A decor spot? Or what about just a place to rest your feet on? Then you’re going to need an outdoor side table! For this reason, I’ve linked some of my favorite outdoor side tables below.
Portside Outdoor Textilene Chaise Lounger & C-Shaped Side Table Set – $199-649
Cb2 Terrazzo Side Table – $249
West Elm Playa Outdoor Coffee & Side Table Set – $199-399
West Elm Playa Outdoor Side Table – $199
Wayfair Mebane Iron Side Table – $68.99
Small side tables
I decided to make small side tables its own subsection because these are different from the other side tables I’ve spoken about. The main difference is that they cannot accommodate much because they are more of a décor/statement piece than they are furniture/storage piece. They are also much more delicate. I use these in my room instead of night stands just because I was going for a more minimal vibe and I’ll be honest, there’s not room for much lol. I currently have a tiny vase with flowers, a candle, and a coffee mug sitting on it and it’s looking pretty cluttered. So, if you’re looking for a table that will store things as well as accommodate a lamp and other decor, I would not recommend a small side table. I’ve attached some of my other favorites below.
Cb2 Delta onyx side table – $399
Drift natural teak root side table – $199
Cb2 Petrified wood side table – $599
Wayfair Hollen Stone/Concrete Side Table – $133.99
Wayfair Grubb Ceramic Garden Stool – $143.99
Aaaaaaand last but not least, my personal favorites, the accent tables! I like these the most because they’re so unique. I recommend putting these kinds of side tables in more plain rooms or rooms that could use a little pop of color or style. I’ve attached some of my favorites below.
Specific kinds of side tables with my favorites linked below each subheading
Glass side tables
Wayfair Doyle End Table – $239.99
Wayfair Frida Glass Top Nesting Tables – $139.99
Wayfair Glass Top Abstract End Table – $172.99
Cb2 Tri Polished Silver Side Table – $249
West Elm Glass Streamline Side Table – $217.55
West Elm Terrace Side Table – $246.05-492.10
West Elm Mixed Wood & Glass Side Table – $299
Design Toscano The Greek Muses Glass Topped Side Table, 20 Inch, Antique Stone – $313.50
Smartik Clear Glass Side Table, Bent Modern Home Office Furniture, Small Tables for Living Room, Sofa End Table Bedroom (23.9×16.5×14.5 inch) – $129
Marble side table
White Marble Faux Finish Gold Frame Snack Side Magazine End Table – $44.98
Tilly Lin Modern Accent Faux Marble Top End Table, Gold Legs Side Table, for Living Room, Bed Room, Black Metal Frame, Carrara – $59.99
Convenience Concepts SoHo End Table, Faux White Marble – $80.99
Gold Finish Faux Marble Top Snack Side End Table – $46.95
West Elm Maisie Side Table – $199
Wayfair Grubb Ceramic Garden Stool – $143.99
Wayfair Mald Aluminum/Marble End Table – $168.99
Wayfair Rosner Side Table – $273.99
Cheap but expensive looking bedside table
Ikea bedside tables
Ikea Gladom – $19.99
Ikea Malm – $39.99
Ikea Vikhammer – $69.99
Wayfair Cueto Tray Top End Table – $47.99
Wayfair Oakhaven End Table – $42.99
2 Piece Nesting Tables Coffee Tables Round Triangle Side Tables Modern End Tables Occasional Tea Tables Nesting Tables for Balcony and Living Room Set of 2 White (Round Legs) – $55.99
Bonnlo Round Side Table Modern End Table Living Room White Faux Marble Nightstand with Gold Metal Frame – $36.99
Zoopolyn Bamboo Laptop Tray Table End Table Coffee Snack TV Desk Sofa Side Table Office Furniture L Shape White – $59.99
Small Round End Side Table for Living Room，White Marble Top，Metal Modern Nightstand Gold – $69.99
Black Side table
Cb2 I beam black marble side table – $399
Christopher Knight Home 305836 Lux Outdoor Weight Concrete Side Table, Light Gray – $72
Ameriwood Home Parsons Modern End Table, Black – $19.99
Honey-Can-Do C End Table – $38.05
Christopher Knight Home 305826 Jerod Light-Weight Concrete Accent Table, Black – $77.14
OSP Home Furnishings Slick High Gloss Finish Side Occasional Table, Black – $116.99
Black Marble Round Side end Table,Gold Metal nightstand for Small Spaces – $52.99
Monarch Specialties Accent End Table Nightstand, 24″ H, Cappuccino/Gold – $91.95
Lamp side table
Bedside Table Lamp, Aooshine Minimalist Solid Wood Table Lamp Bedside Desk Lamp with Square Flaxen Fabric Shade for Bedroom, Dresser, Living Room, Kids Room, College Dorm, Coffee Table, Bookcase – $18.99
Focondot Crystal Table Lamp, Decorative Nightstand Room Lamps, Bedside Night Light Lamp, Fashionable Small Table Lamp Set of 2 for Bedroom, Living Room, Dresser, Dining Room (2PACK) – $49.99
Unique Calcite Modern Table Lamp, Small Bedside Lamp for Bedroom Living Room, Dimmable Desk Lamp for Night Table by Phiestina, Crystal Texture Within, Handcrafted, LED, UL, Cuboid, Natural Colors – $169
Small Table Lamp, Imego Desk Ambient Light with Glass Shade, Modern Accent Lamp Wood Base, Bedside Nightstand Lamp for Bedroom, Living Room – $25.99
Spiral LED Table Lamp, Modern 3 Colors Dimmable Desk Lamp with Minimalist Lighting Design & Touch Controller, Creative Stylish Smart Lamp for Bedroom, Office, Home (Gold) – $32.99
Himalayan Glow White Salt Crystal Lamp,Natural Salt Night Light,Hand Crafted Salt Lamp with Neem Wooden Base,Salt Lamp Bulb,(ETL Certified) Dimmer Switch | 5-7 LBS (2 Extra Bulbs) – $15.99
Mydethun Moon Lamp Moon Light Night Light for Kids Gift for Women USB Charging and Touch Control Brightness 3D Printed Warm and Cool White Lunar Lamp(3.5In moon lamp with stand) – $23.99
HAITRAL Bedroom Table Lamp – Fun Desk Lamps with Wooden Base Unique Table Lamps for Kids Room, Living Room, Bedroom, Office, Reading Room – $46.99