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End Table Buying Guide

Traditionally designed to be placed at the side of a sofa or other large furniture piece, an end table offers chic counter space to display your favorite home decorative items – and is the perfect way to pull together any room.

Types of End Tables

Storage End Tables: Storage end table varieties include end tables with built-in pull-out drawers, shelves and sliding doors.

side table with storage
nesting side table

Nesting Tables: End tables that come in pairs or trios, usually of different heights, nesting tables can be pushed together for a unique layered look – or set on either side of a sofa for ‘symmetry with an edge.’

round side table

Round End Tables: End tables with a circular or oval top are the perfect way to balance and soften a room – especially one heavy with lines and angles.

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Chairside Tables: Designed to make lounging easy and convenient, chairside tables come in just the right level of height so that you do not have to reach or strain from your chair or recliner.

antique end table Antique End Tables: Antique end tables are defined by vintage details, such as claw feet, distressed wood and iron drawer pulls.
accent end table

Accent End Tables: With a style statement you cannot ignore, accent end tables come in bold designs – and are the perfect way to complete the look of any living room.

Placing an End Table

industrial end table Although they are traditionally placed on the side(s) of a sofa, many end tables today come with such intriguing and attention-grabbing silhouettes, they are now considered stand-out pieces in their own right. 
classic end table

Whether you use it to complement a matching chair or sofa in a classic side-by-side arrangement – or leave it by itself to draw attention to the details of its design – an end table is one of the most versatile, easy-to-move and -style living room furniture pieces.

Once you decide on a design you love, your options for styling it are virtually endless; place it in dull corners or niches that need a little ‘perking up’ – or simply wherever you feel most inspired!

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