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

Living room end table
An end table is a perfect place to perch a reading lamp in a living room, or shelf your favorite book and alarm clock next to your pillow at night.Unsplash/Becca Tapert

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.

Furinno Simplistic End Table, Espresso/Black
An end table is a perfect place to perch a reading lamp in a living room, or shelf your favorite book and alarm clock next to your pillow at night.Furinno

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.

Walker Edison Furniture Company Rustic Modern Farmhouse Metal and Wood Square Side Accent Living Room Small End Table, 18 Inch, Grey Wash
This rustic farmhouse style end table has smaller dimensions and square corners for a great fit in a corner.Walker Edison Furniture

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.

Wood Claire Accent Table, Black
You can match this model with a more contemporary armchair, or an oval brass and glass coffee table.Winsome

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.


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