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The Most Commonly Asked Questions about End Tables
How tall should the table be?
The average couch stands about 25 inches tall. Your side table needs to fit this proportionately. Usually, you’ll find that these tables measure between 22 inches and 30 inches.
Sometimes, finding the side table you want to match your sofa or chair can be challenging as many of them may be too tall or not tall enough. When this happens, choose the table that’s not taller than your arm. You should be able to rest your arm on the table comfortably.
Can I mix different table styles?
This practice is definitely one to consider as it adds visual interest to the room. If you go with this option, you do want to keep a couple of principles in mind. The tables should both be approximately the same height. Their visual “weight” should also be about the same. This means that if you get a dainty side table with long, thin legs, you don’t want the table on the other side of the couch to be big and bulky with wide, square legs and a thick tabletop. They should match spiritually if not actually.
This rule really only applies to the two tables that will flank the same couch or similar sitting item. If you have other chairs or sofas in the room, you can also flank them with side tables of mismatched styles. Just make sure that that the side tables on the sides of each piece are the same height and visual weight.
What are end tables usually made of?
These tables are made from a variety of materials. A good number of them are made of woods like maple or oak. However, some will also be made of particleboard. Others are constructed of metal, glass and plastic. Often, these are more modern styles. Some high-end tables also have tops made of stones like marble or granite. Typically, these tables have heavier legs to support the heavy rock. These supports are usually made from heavy-duty wood or metal.
What about side tables for armless furniture pieces like armless chairs or couches?
With this type of furniture, you want to go with the arm-height rule on this one, meaning that you want to choose a table that allows you to put your arm on the table comfortably.
Also, when you’re choosing an end table for an armless chair or couch, you might want to go with a style that is a little daintier. Your best bets will be light metal tables or tables with a glass top and thin metal legs. This will match the couch or chair stylistically.