End tables are the handy side kick to your couches! They are vital to the room in their own low-key way. In addition to their functional purposes, they give a room a polished well-rounded look. With all the options available, finding the right set can be a daunting task. We’ve come up with a few general guidelines to help you pick the right end tables.
How to Pick the Right End Tables
- How tall should they be? The general rule is that the end tables should be equal to or just below the height of the sofa arm. The majority of end tables are between 22 and 30 inches high. Measure the arms of your couch. When in doubt, go shorter rather than taller.
- Tiered tables may be an exception! Sometimes the upper tier of a tiered end table will come up higher than the couches arm. This can work if the lower level is lower than the arm, especially with a lower, more modern sofa.
- What about armless sofas? For armless couches, pick end tables that hit where where you would want your arms to rest. Or for a modern look buy tables that hit at seat hight.
- Try a mismatched look. To pull off a mismatched look, pick tables of similar size, color, and visual weight.
- Use non-traditional objects. There are no rules to what you can use as an end table. You can use garden stools, vintage crates, tray tables, or old sewing machine stands to add an element of character to a room.