The 35 Best Side Tables to Finish Your Living Room
Without a table near a couch or chair, a sitting room looks incomplete. Having a proper surface to put something down on is fundamental to living well. This need was lampooned perfectly by Edina Monsoon—the boozy but determined fashion P.R. agent played by Jennifer Saunders in the BBC series Absolutely Fabulous. She implored the need to her assistant begging, “Surfaces, surfaces, darling. I need surfaces.” In the living room or any room, a side table or end table delivers a convenient place to put things and what’s more, a chance to add personal style to the space. Nest Casa culls the ultimate list of side tables and end tables to help you find the perfect spot to put things on.
End tables are generally meant to flank a couch on either side (generally both) and are made at the same height as a standard couch. Because of this, they often come in sets. Side tables are more flexible in use and can vary in height. Usually, one is enough! It all depends on the look you are going for.
Round Side Tables
Nest Casa's selection of round styles run the gamut in materials, from round and stool-like end tables to rattan and straw versions. Contemporary styles read well in marble and chrome, while stone and metal offer a minimalist look when it comes to side and end tables.
Stark and white, these Raven side tables are constructed from concrete and sit at different heights for an asymmetrical yet modern effect.
This well-known side table design is by Warren Platner, who worked as an architect with I.M. Pei and Eero Saarinen before branching out. It expresses the designer's approach of adding decorative grace but in a modernist setting.
The sustainable and the practical are on display in this twisted bamboo and jute table, which bears a secret storage container inside. The easy-to-clean, white enamel tray top cano hold whatever you need to put down securely.
At once industrial and classic, this marble-top table in the style of a bistro table can raise and lower its height according to preference or need. This is thanks to the help of the mechanisms in the satin copper base.
The Apollo side table—aptly named, as it feels space-age modern—blends a black, lacquer top with a horn inlay accent. The geometric, three-leg base in a brushed satin finish completes the conversation piece, which you will be tempted to leave bare to let this beauty stand alone.
Simplicity and versatility make the Tunbridge side table a must-have in any home; the sleek, rattan wrapping enables this round pedestal end table to find its place among all sorts of décor styles.
There are many provenances behind the Eames walnut stool, which was first inspired by a seat that Ray Eames bought in Africa. It was reconceived (with the help of her husband, Charles Eames) for the lobby of the Time & Life Building in New York City's Rockefeller Center. Originally used as a seat (or, a “percher,” as the duo dubbed it), this stool works as both a table and a chair.
This minimalist side table made from ash wood serves as a conversation starter, thanks to its unique, tiered design. It artfully slips in a second small surface for remotes or phones that is out of direct sight (but closely in reach).
Art and function meet via the OrBis table, which is customizable in a variety of colors for the lacquered wood tops encased in brass on a walnut base. These surfaces resemble small flowers sprouting up, giving any room an unexpected, delightful focal point.
Cleverly disguising what it holds—which is a discreet vide-poche—the Vinnie side table by Alessandro Stabile comes in multiple colors. It makes an excellent bedroom side table for those who appreciate the successful marriage of scale and volume.
Meet Daryl, the antique-finished brass and bronze pedestal side table. It’s the new porter for your things stowed next to a bed or couch.
There is so much to love about the Hew side table that extends beyond its geometric shape. Nest Casa especially loves this piece made by artist Pat Kim, who segued his degree from the Pratt Institute into a Brooklyn studio with a woodworker’s bench in order to create his organic designs.
The Jose side table reveals the beauty of simple geometry, made from smooth, polished concrete. It is at home both indoors and outdoors.
Hover your mouse over an image to zoom. Brass Starburst Round Side Table$398.00 BUY NOW
Natural elements collide on the Starburst round side table, combining a rich, rosewood base and a bright white, marble top inlaid with brass to form a shining example of good taste.
In a twist on the traditional basket, Ugandan artisans, working in a fair-trade enterprise, demonstrate how multifaceted the palm leaf can be by creating this uniquely textural side table.
Imagine a child’s wooden toy blocks becoming a dramatic piece of furniture and you’ll have the Morro table. It comes in three different stone varieties to delight any type of playroom.
Balance is key to the stability of the Fleet side table: its green marble top is supported by a singular, elegant brass leg that is inserted into a solid stone base (which is firmly planted on the ground).
The Arteriors Serafina side table in Sahara looks like a master sculptor carved its Rubenesque shape, giving it its allure.
The makers of this table may have been thinking of the interiors of the original Soho House in London. We believe there is also a dose of Alexander Calder in the metal base of the Swift side table with a marble top.
The Componibili storage unit side table, designed by Anna Kartell Ferrari, has remained a Kartell best-seller since it was first introduced in 1967. This is due to its practicality and attainability combined with its high-minded design—especially, in the chrome finish.
Rectangular Side Tables
Soft edges aren't for everyone. Many prefer a standard, four-cornered surface on which to place necessary objects. Nest Casa pulls a selection of some of our favorite rectangle-shaped side and end tables for those enthusiasts.
Nest Casa takes particular pride in the Marble House collection, generated by designers and skilled craftspeople in Italy and made in limited editions. In particular, this short marble side table in blackwood marble adds elegance and class to any space.
We think this Selby outdoor side table with a speckled glaze, inspired by styles seen at Soho House Tel Aviv, is the perfect spot to place those summer cocktails for fashionable poolside or patio entertaining. Aperol Spritz, anyone?
The Rotben side table by Norwegian artist Ofstedal Eng is such a piece of sculpture that it's easy to forget that it functions as a handy side table. It works inside and outside, since it is made from 100% recycled cast aluminum.
Simple, sturdy, and one-of-a-kind, the Kella end table made from teak adds a natural element to any space in need of an organic touch.
Because 15 percent of sales of this woven side table by Global Explorer is donated to Women for Women International, this table with a removal tray top looks good and does good, too.
Opera Rectangular Brass Table Designed by Richard Hutten for Ghidini$1,795.00 BUY NOW
Why not bring a night at the opera home with this reproduction Opera table, designed originally for Ghidini in 1961? This one comes in anodized brass finish, but there are other finishes available, too (like rose gold–colored stainless steel).
Disco’s golden era transcended beyond music and fashion; even the furniture was slick and sexy. This is demonstrated here, in this tiered Lucite, glass, and brass table that owes its heritage to the famous Parisian atelier, Maison Jansen.
Flair Edition Contemporary Side Table, Brass Base and Art Glass Top, Italy, 2021$1,929.24 BUY NOW
Art glass and hammered brass come together to make this intriguing contemporary Italian side table from Flair Edition.
Irregularly Shaped Side Tables
Not all tastes can fit neatly into a single shape. Some prefer more abstract forms. Luckily, even those pegs that don't fit into round or square holes can find something to love with these irregularly shaped side and end tables.
The Nera side table is an example of how minimalism doesn't mean plain. Its two long, thick legs create a T to support a triangle tabletop with rounded edges.
If the female form is to be credited with humanity's creation, then why not celebrate that strength with this travertine marble stool or side table? Which one is your choice, since this piece is strong enough to hold whatever finds its way on top.
Contemporary Round Side and Coffee Tables Murano Glass Black and White 1$3,918.76 BUY NOW
Fairy tales inspired Polish artist Edyta Baranska to create a group of Murano glass tables with lamps in irregular shapes that are reminiscent of soap bubbles. The influence is complete with tiny air bubbles that are visible in the glass and topped with an ornamental glass sphere.
You’re sure to see stars in the form of these decorative, Moorish-style, vintage side tables.