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How to Choose the Right End Table for Your Space

End tables not only balance the look of a living room or bedroom set, but they also function as a place to set beverages and hold reading lights. In order to capture both form and function, you want to think about how you’ll use an end table most, as well as what style will complement the room’s overall decor.

Do you want it to be an accent piece that stands out, or something that won’t steal the show? Either way, your quest for the perfect industrial end tables should start with the following information to help you navigate your options.

  1. Marimonns Black Round End Table
  2. Hammary Baja Rectangular Drawer End Table in Vintage Umber
  3. Simpli Home Sawhorse End Side Table, Distressed Grey
  4. Zinus Modern Studio Collection 15 Inch Square Side Table / End Table / Coffee Table
  5. Wholesale Interiors Baxton Studio Greyson Vintage Industrial ccasional End Table, Antique Bronze
  6. Industrial Empire End Table, 22″hx25″wx21″d, Black
  7. Coaster 701127 Home Furnishings End Table, Rustic Brown
  8. Homelegance Factory Modern Industrial Style End Table, Rustic Brown
  9. Signature Design by Ashley T506-406 Marxim End Table, Black
  10. Signature Design by Ashley Wesling Light Brown Square End Table
  11. Urban Designs Industrial Porthole Metal Round Clock Coffee & End Table
  12. RMP Mid Century Industrial Nightstand / End Table (Orange)
  13. ELEGAN Modern Round Metal Side End Table, Set of 2
  14. Steve Silver Company Winston Round End Table
  15. Lazio Industrial Mirrored End Table with Matte Silver Trim
  16. Furniture Pipeline Rustic Side End Table-Bedroom Night Stand, Metal with Reclaimed Aged Wood Finish, Black Steel Pipes and Fittings with Dark Brown Stained Wood
  17. Steamer Trunk End Table
  18. Southern Enterprises Voyager Storage End Table – Espresso
  19. Belham Living Trenton Industrial End Table – Espresso
  20. Steve Silver Company Winston Square End Table
  21. Drifton Travel Trunk End Table
  22. Signature Design by Ashley T500-726 Vintage Casual End Table, Grayish Brown
  23. Mid-century Modern Sturdy, Easy Assemble Sivenza Vintage Walnut Industrial End Table
  24. Signature Design by Ashley Volanta End Table

When it comes to furnishing a living or family room, end tables are a small, but important piece of the equation.

They’re most commonly used at the end of sofas or sectionals, or beside or between chairs, to provide a place to set a lamp/drinks/books and possibly add additional storage.

They provide function, certainly, but also add to a feeling of completeness to a room.

Here are a few things to consider when deciding what will work best in your space:


Before purchasing or arranging tables, decide how you need them to work for you.

Consider things like – What will you use the table for? How much do you need to fit on the table top? Will there be a lamp on the table? Do you need storage?


End table heights generally vary between 22-26″, with some exceptions.

An end table right at, or 1-2″ below, the arm height of the sofa or chair that it’s sitting next to is usually the best idea. It’s easy to reach over or down, rather than up, to set a glass or pick up a book, and it visually makes sense.

Armless furniture – For sofas or chairs with very low, or no, arms, a standard table height should still work, or you can choose to use a shorter table or stool.

Be sure to match the scale of your end tables with the scale of the furniture and the room that it’s in.


Mixing and Matching:

Matching end tables is an easy and acceptable way to go but it can be fun, and interesting, to mix things up a bit.

Four easy ways to do that:

1. If you do have a matched set of cocktail and end tables, pop something a little different beside the accent chair.

2. Match one end table to the cocktail table, and then use a different end table on the other end of the sofa. Mix another table in by a chair or chairs.

3. Use a unique cocktail table, and match end tables. The chair table, if there is one, can match the end tables or be completely different.

4. Mix it up completely. In the space below, we used a cocktail ottoman with two different end tables. The repetition of colors in the room ties everything together.

Style and Shape

In a room with lots of legs, consider chunkier tables with no, or shorter, legs to balance things out. If the furniture’s chunky, add some legs!

The same is true for shapes. Adding a round table to a square mix or vice versa will make a space feel more interesting and balanced at the same time.

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