Wood, metal, or acrylic? Square or round? Shelves or drawers? High or low? With so many options, choosing the right side table can be daunting. So we've created some simple guidelines to help you get the casting right.
First, let's tackle one of the most important considerations: height. Ideally, a side table should be equal to or just below the arm of the seat it’s next to. Not only does it create a nice visual flow in the room, but the table is also within easy reach for setting a drink down or turning on a lamp. Standard sofa arm heights can range between 24 and 32 inches, so get out your measuring tape.
For armless side chairs, you can opt for a shorter side table, such as a garden seat, or choose a table height where the arms would normally sit. Tables with graduated heights, such as a nesting table or step table, may defy the convention. The lower tier typically sits below the arm height and is easily accessible, so these tables generally work at any height. (Plus, they offer multi-tasking versatility in a family room.)