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Rule of thumb for sizing: End tables should be within two inches of a sofa's arm height.
If you don't want to worry about placing a coaster under every drink, choose an end table with a ceramic, glass,  metal, or stone top.
Since side tables have a small surface area, keep them clear of clutter by limiting decoration to just two or three items, such as a table lamp, photo frame, and bud vase.
Balance plush upholstery with a streamlined table and vice versa: modern furniture with an ornate table.
If storage is a concern, look for a trunk table or a piece with shelves, baskets, or drawers.

Less expensive than sofas, coffee tables, or area rugs,
a new side table is an easy way to give your décor an updated look without breaking the bank. To achieve a pleasing look, avoid matchy-matchy and seize the opportunity to introduce a new style or finish to your room. For example, if you have a wood coffee table, bookcase, or entertainment center, a metallic accent table will add a little contrast (and shimmer!) to your space. Likewise, textural rattan is a nice counterpoint to glass. Best of all, side tables (also called end tables) are super versatile pieces you can move from room to room for years to come. Switch it up by using an end table as a nightstand in your bedroom or as additional storage in a bathroom. 

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