Side tables are versatile pieces of furniture that complete the look of a room. However, these useful pieces or furniture are rarely acknowledged for their unique design and crafting.

But designers and people in the know – that includes us here in IKEA – understand the role side tables play in creating the right ambience.

With that in mind, here’s the lowdown on side tables, along with some tips that might help you in getting the exact look you want.

  1. What are side tables and where do you place them?

    Side tables are generally small in dimensions and come in a variety of shapes, designs, and materials. They can be placed at either end of sofas in the living room, can be used to accentuate entryways, create small reading nooks, and also in kitchen corners and hallways. They can also be used as a nightstand in the bedroom.

    Not only are they great for holding your keys, potpourri, lamps, and to exhibit your decorations, they also mark you out as a thoughtful host – what better place to keep snacks and beverages for the guests?

  2. How do you choose the right one?

    The basic rule for choosing side tables is to consider their height and size. This depends on where you plan to place them.

    If you’re looking for side tables to complete your seating space in the living room, you need one that’s of the same height or slightly lower than as the armrests of your sofas. Just make sure it isn’t taller, because that would make seating arrangements look awkward.

  3. There’s endless room for variety

    A side table ideally shouldn’t have too large a surface, because it may not lend itself to a harmonious arrangement. It should be a size that can hold a lamp or plant and have some space to put down your cup, a snack platter, or a book.

    You can always pick something with a lower shelf or drawer that can be used to showcase your favourite books, magazines or potpourri.

    If space permits, you could choose a matching pair to go on either side of your sofa. If you want a more eclectic look, says IKEA, pick a mismatched pair that still has some design elements in common – such as a similar design at different heights – for a harmonious look.

    For the more adventurous, a DIY side table of wooden crates or a re-engineered drum or barrel would be a great ice-breaker or conversation piece.

    So, now that you your side tables, what do you think would work for you?

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