Small Side Table Designs – Perfection In The Little Things

Sure, size matters and this often makes us overlook the little things like, for example, when we’re furnishing a space we tend to focus mostly on the big furniture pieces leaving that small bedside table or that ottoman for later. Then the time comes to think of these things and to add the finishing touches to the decor. It’s often the small details that have the biggest impact on the ambiance and decor of a space. As it turns out, that side table or those curtains you neglected to pick in the first place make a huge difference in the overall design.

Can’t decide on the size of the side table? You can get two and make the most of a corner space or that nook by the sofa. The Rogers nesting tables are made of solid canaletta walnut and they have natural maple tips which establish a subtle and eye-catching contrast. The tables are designed by C. Ballabio and they can fit a variety of spaces and settings.

The slender silhouette of the Pausa side table is very graceful and a perfect match for modern or mid-century living rooms. The table is designed by T. Colzani and features a frame made in solid canaletta walnut and a back lacquered glass top. It’s small, chic and pretty versatile thanks to its pedestal tripod base.

Tray tables are practical in a variety of cases and environments. They’re a good option for spaces that need a small side table to look and feel complete such as the lounge area in the living room. Check out Fritz, a side table designed by C. Ballabio. Its base is made of matt black metal with brushed brass accents and its top is made of solid canaletta walnut, with the inner part available with a natural or glossy finish.

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The Script side table is a perfect match for most sofas and couches. You can use it in a lot of different ways: as a laptop desk, a cocktail table or a place to rest a snack or the remote control while watching TV. The table has a solid ash frame while the top is available in marble and smoked glass. It’s part of a table series by E. Gallina.

Designs such as the one of the Raster side table displayed here are quirky enough to become extremely versatile. The table doesn’t have a flat, smooth top which means you’ll have to use a tray in some cases but it does have a base which can double as a storage shelf. The Raster table is a design by T. Colzani and created using walnut. It comes with a leather-covered tray.

Sometimes referred to as C tables, accent tables such as Ralf are designed to pair well with sofas or armchairs. This particular model is designed by Andrea Parisio. It has a metal frame available with a bronzed brass or matt black finish and  top that comes in lacquered wood or bronzed mirror. The base is made of marble.


The design of the Cupid side table is a little bit deceiving. You wouldn’t think it’s very stable considering how small its base is compared to its top. However, the base is a solid block of marble which not only keeps the table in a perfect upright position but also gives it a distinctive look. The table is designed by Noah Duchaufour-Lawrance.


A Mazargues side table is paired here with a sofa that also has thin metal legs. The design of their frames is reminiscent of bohemian furniture made of wrought iron. The table is designed by Eric Jourdan and it looks simple, elegant and modern. It combines a black metal frame and a wooden tray top. It has a little bit of classical charm but it also keeps up with the trends by staying simple.

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There’s something really special about the Embrace side table series. Each piece is made using fig tree branches and that means each individual table is unique and unlike any other. The branches are cast in brass using a mold before becoming a part of the table. They are then paired with a simple round top that matches them perfectly.

The Cerne side tables also come from nature. More exactly, they’re made out of tree trunks which means no two tables are alike. They each feature a unique form and size but they don’t actually showcase the wood. The tables have wood veneer surfaces which are applied using the marquetry technique. Brass trims highlight their beautiful forms.

Most side tables are usually pretty high which makes them practical for a lot of spaces and configurations but less functional in other cases. This low tables comes from Casa Casati and it offers something quite rare. It goes well with a low and minimalist sofa and it pairs nicely with bean bag chairs and floor pillows.

The design of the Eden table series is sophisticated, refined and eye-catching. The collection includes models which can be used both as side tables and as coffee tables. They feature textured brass tops which contrast with the polished side surfaces while maintaining a cohesive look.

If you still haven’t decided which type of side table best suits your space, perhaps you can find the right piece among the collection offered by Atelier Alain Ellouz. Their tables stand out in a unique way. They’re made of translucent stone and they double as light fixtures.



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