Small But Mighty

Small
But Mighty

The best side tables are sculptural and statement-making

Best side tables in 2022

When you think about furniture for your home, I doubt you think much of side tables. Don't lie to try to make them feel better. We all know that these little guys are the under-appreciated middle children of the furniture world. But it's really more of an unsung hero situation. They're incredibly practical—as a catchall for remotes and reading material, a surface for your drinking glass and a platform for displaying a handsome lamp while holding it at just the right height for reading.

Ferm Living x Mario Tsai Insert ash wood table in room
Ferm Living x Mario Tsai Insert ash wood table in room

Yes, the side table—also known as an end table, occasional table or cocktail table—is incredibly functional. But for such a small piece, these tiny tables can make a big impact on a room. They allow you to take some design risks. They can be bold and sculptural, adding intrigue to an otherwise safe and functional grouping of furniture. As an accent piece at the end of a sofa, situated next to a lounger or between two smaller chairs, they have the ability to make a statement. They can add color, texture and unique architectural shapes to a room. Even the boldest of tables somehow manage to work with nearly any home style or décor.

The real question is which kind of side table speaks to your sensibilities? Along with your individual needs. As more and more of us opt for larger, L-shaped sectional sofas, choosing the right end table can be tricky. You may need a lower tabletop or you could go for more moveable options that could be situated (and resituated) as often as you like. We've shopped around and pulled together a cool collection in a range of styles and prices. Take your pick and give your living room the upgrade it deserves.

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The Best Side Tables
for a Man’s Home

Stump

Bring some outdoor vibes inside with a table carved from a solid log. Each piece has unique character, with natural variation in knots, holes and woodgrain.

Burke Decor Kyra Teak Side Table

Kyra teak side table,
$199 by Burke Decor

Dear Keaton Java Pedestal Table

Java pedestal table,
$489 by Dear Keaton

Joss & Main Tolson End Table

Tolson end table,
$195 by Joss & Main

Stone

A sleek take on a centuries-old idea of a carved podium,
these marble tables are heavy but impactful.

CB2 T Marble Side Table

T marble side table,
$299 by CB2

Menu Rose Marble Plinth Table

Rose marble plinth table,
$1,895 / $1,610.75 by Menu

Safavieh Valentia Marble Accent Table

Valentia marble accent table,
$791 / $422.44 by Safavieh

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Sculptural

These tables can serve as a functional piece of art,
adding interesting shapes and colors to a room.

Jayson Home Charcoal Finished Fluted Table

Charcoal finished fluted table,
$595 by Jayson Home

RH Wire-Brushed White Oak Oslo Table

Wire-brushed
white oak Oslo table,
$1,440 by RH

Russet Sidekick Solid Wood Table

Sidekick solid wood table,
$90 by Russet

TRNK Kyaman Side Table

Kyaman side table,
$3,895 at TRNK

HAY Slit Steel Table

Slit steel table,
$495 / $420.75 by HAY

Ferm Living x Mario Tsai Insert Ash Wood Table

Insert ash wood table,
$885 by Ferm Living x Mario Tsai

For Sectionals

If you have a large, L-shaped sectional, you might want a smaller table that can be repositioned in front of (or slip under) the sofa.

Crate & Barrel Raw Brass Accent Table

Raw brass accent table,
$229 by Crate & Barrel

West Elm Mid-Century Drink Table

Mid-century drink table,
$149 by West Elm

Room & Board Powder-Coated Costa Table

Powder-coated Costa table,
$499 by Room & Board

Article Adjustable Walnut C-Table

Adjustable walnut C-table,
$219 by Article

HAY Bowler Side Table

Bowler side table,
$295 / $250.75 by HAY

Pottery Barn Antique Bronze Drink Table

Antique bronze drink table,
$149 by Pottery Barn

Easy Cleaning

Professional housekeepers swear by Guardsman’s dusting cloths. The durable cotton rag is pre-treated so no spraying is necessary. Safe for wood, stainless steel and stone, it saves time by removing dust fast and effectively in just one step. Simply shake out over the trash when you’re done and it can be reused up to 50 times.

$16.99 (for a five-pack)
by Guardsman

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