Space-saving side tables


Having spent a long time in the shadow of its larger, showier counterparts, the humble side table is now having its moment in the spotlight. They’re incredibly functional, providing a place to perch glasses, display a decorative artichoke, make a feature of favourite photographs…the list goes on. Apart from being an obvious resting place, a side table adds depth to your scheme and can pull the look of a room together.

In small rooms a side table needs a lot of consideration. Having restricted space can be a bit of a catch 22; you don’t want to buy furniture that will clutter, but in turn, everything needs a home. If you’re stuck in this pickle, look no further than this selection of space-saving designs.

Nested side tables

It doesn’t get much more space-savvy than nested tables. They’re an excellent choice for those who want lots of surface space one day and a minimal look the next: you never have to choose between the two as the smaller table can be tucked away discretely under the larger. With a glass top and sleek stainless steel corners, our set of Oleta Nested Side Tables is a fabulous choice for contemporary homes. Their transparent nature allows them to blend easily into their environment, so they appear to take up even less space. For a more glamorous take, these art deco-inspired nested side tables are perfect for whipping out as an extra surface to perch cocktails and canapes at parties.

Folding side tables

Folding side tables speak for themselves in a small space, they’re like a game of ‘now you see me, now you don’t’. Folding flat, there’s nothing easier to tuck away in a corner or cupboard than one of these clever little designs—although they’re so pretty it does seem a shame to keep them out of sight. This card table provides a ready surface for a game of chess or draughts should the mood take you, or brings a playful touch to a corner.

Narrow side tables

A narrow side table is ideal for tight spaces next to a sofa or at the end of the hallway. Those with shelves are particularly good; you’re getting style and extra surfaces all bundled into one. This Bibury Side Table fits the bill perfectly, featuring a slender silhouette and light grey finish that is subtle enough not to overwhelm a colour palette. Mirrored designs also work well in a small room, providing reflection and the illusion of light. Our Rivulet Three Tiered Side Table does this particularly well; its mirrored shelves on an open frame mean it feels like it’s taking up barely any space. The multi-layered design also provides plenty of surface space whilst taking up little real estate on the floor.

Side tables, or seats?

The barrel seat/side table is what furniture looks like when it gets its work-life balance spot on. In the week, it’s functional, it’s supportive, on-hand when you need it. Come the weekend, it’s the life and soul of the party, a firm favourite with guests. With a barrel seat/side table, you can be perching a drink on it one second and a friend the next; it doesn’t get much more versatile than that. This two-in-one nature really comes into its own in a small room, there’s no worry about having to purchase folding chairs and where on earth to put them.