When you're choosing the size of your end table, it's important to consider what you will be mainly using it for, as well as the size of the rest of your furniture.
If you just need a resting place for the occasional glass and you have a compact sofa, then a small model will be fine. For storing all the clutter off your family-sized sofa, obviously a small, slender model will not do.
Try to match your side table to a height that is comfortable for you to reach over to off your sofa when sitting down. Consider your available space also. If you are short on space, then a smaller model with an open frame will look better.
Here are some of the most popular shapes of side tables to choose from:
Traditional, yet elegant, circular side tables work best where you have plenty of space. They look good in virtually all styles of decor; however, if the rest of your room features predominantly boxy, angular pieces and you are not looking to make a statement piece out of your side table, then you'd be better off avoiding circular models.
For traditional, cottage or eclectic homes, you could consider a drum side table complete with a cupboard and drawer for a standout piece with extra storage.
The regularity of square side tables makes them suitable for almost all decors and highly practical.
However, they do require more space than rectangular models. Use chunky square end tables in both modern, farmhouse or traditional decors.
Rectangular side tables are the most practical.
They pair well along the side of most sofas and can be placed up along walls. If you are looking for a side table for your minimalist home, consider purchasing a rectangular one with a glass top.
Rectangular models can also complement traditional decors, as well as contemporary and shabby chic.
Oval-shaped end tables are less common, but they provide an elegant modern look, provided you have the space to accommodate one in your living room. They can also look good in minimalist homes.
Due to their elongated shape, you will often find oval-shaped side tables feature three leg frames and very basic features so that all the focus is on their shape and finish.
If you enjoy surfing the web on your sofa or having brunch with some morning TV, then a C shape side table could be just what you need.
Formed like a C, this modern, minimalist style side table is easily accessible from your sofa.
Thanks to its cut-out style shape, you can position it over your sofa and use it for eating, drinking hobbies or even working from home without a desk!
This style of end table looks best in modern, contemporary or minimalist homes.