Three Things to Consider Before Buying an End Table Set
A matching end table set can finish your living room or bedroom with style. By the Editors
A living room without end tables just feels incomplete, and they seem so simple, right? Stick a couple of tables on either side of a couch or mattress and you’re done. Who knew there were so many color and style choices? Today’s decorators have less allegiance to the rule that everything in the room has to match the same style and color and pattern, and many like to change things up by using different pieces that still complement each other. To get it right, start with understanding how size and shape matters in each room, and the stylistic and functional considerations you’ll have to decide before you buy.
Living room end table height and depth should match the height and lengths of the arms of your sofa or the chair you’re placing it next to. For bedrooms, the end table should be about the same height as the mattress and be large enough to support a bedside lamp, clock, books, and other necessities.
Old school decorating theory calls for matching all the furniture in a room with the same style, furniture period, and aesthetic. A more contemporary approach suggests you can diversify your furniture by mixing styles, patterns, materials, and colors, as long as it all complements each other.
While most end tables are square or rectangular, mixing the shapes of the tables in a room can create a unique layout and design. For example, a round or oval coffee table complemented by square end tables can spice up the look and feel of a room. That said, if you want to make the most use of your space, remember that square end tables fit better in corners.