How to Choose the Right Size for Couch Side Tables


Couch side tables, also known as end tables, can help to add functionality to a space and accent the décor of a room. Choosing the right sized end tables can make or break a space. Excessively large end tables can crowd a space and subtract from its functionality, and choosing an end table that is too small can cause it to be drowned out by lamps or books.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pen
  • Sheet of paper
  • Measure the length, width and seat height of the couch, and write these numbers down on a sheet of paper.

  • Measure the amount of available space at both ends of the couch, and write these numbers down on your sheet of paper.

  • Look around the room at the layout and other furniture to determine the best shape of side tables for the space. An example would be if the room and furniture have clean, straight lines, consider square or rectangular side tables.

Tips & Warnings

  • When looking to purchase couch side tables take your couch measurements with you to the store. The height of the tables should be the same height, or about one to two inches lower, than the seat height of your couch.
  • The width of the side tables should not be any wider than the width of the couch.
  • The side tables should fit within the available space and still leave enough room to navigate through the space comfortably.

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