How to Decorate an End Table

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End tables are an important part of the furniture plan for a room. Ideally, you should have an end table within reach of every chair and on each end of a sofa. If two chairs are close together in a grouping, one table between the two works well. End tables essential for lamp placement and are convenient places to put eyeglasses, cups and books. Decorating end tables is easy if you keep in mind that simple and uncluttered are the keys.

Things You'll Need

  • Table Lamp
  • Favorite books
  • Small decorative tray
  • Wicker basket
  • Place end tables on both sides of a sofa or love seat and next to large chairs. Groupings of chairs can share an end table, as long as it's within easy reach.

  • Place lamps on end tables, as needed. Someone sitting in a chair or on a sofa should have the illumination needed for comfortable reading. Consider matching table lamps for each end of a sofa, although you may want to stay away from a look that's overly matchy-matchy.

  • Place a small stack of your favorite books, no more than two or three, near some of the lamps for easy access. A small decorative tray can also be placed near the front of a table to hold glasses, remote controls or other small items. Use the table space to highlight other accent pieces. Small framed photos or a favorite decorative vase can also be used. Keep it simple, with only one or two accent pieces on each table.

  • Place a wicker basket on the floor under the table or on a lower shelf, depending on your table design. One of the most needed items in any room is storage, and that's what a basket provides. In one basket, you could place a selection of the current magazines. In another you could put an extra throw for the sofa or a pillow. A third could hold your children's favorite games or movies. The baskets will keep what might become clutter under control.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider purchasing end tables that have more than one shelf. It will allow you to keep the top uncluttered while providing space for books and magazines.
  • If space in the room is limited, consider placing a larger angled end table between the sofa and a chair and eliminating two end tables. This will help to keep the room uncluttered while providing needed lighting and storage.

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  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images bedroom image by david hughes from Fotolia.com lamp near a comfortable chair image by Matthew Antonino from Fotolia.com baskets image by Gina Smith from Fotolia.com
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