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- We love a good end table as an accent piece that doubles as additional storage.
- The Andover Mills End Table with Storage from Wayfair is our top pick because it’s classic, stylish, and infinitely practical.
End tables are easily overlooked pieces of furniture, but they can change the entire experience of living in a room. Not only do they add interesting accents to the decor, but they’re also highly functional. How often have you sat down on a couch or bed and realized you had nowhere to put your carefully poured cup of coffee or glass of wine but the floor?
But there’s a wide variety of end tables on the market. Some are plain and practical, stacked with drawers or shelves for additional storage, while some place more emphasis on style. Whether you’re looking for a quick way to make your space more elegant or a place to stash your back catalog of People magazines, there’s an end table out there to suit your needs.
Of course, there are variations in quality, but you truly don’t need to spend a ton of money — there are great options for less than $200. Here are our top picks.
Here are the best end tables you can buy:
- Best end table overall: Andover Mills End Table with Storage
- Best artsy wooden end table: Loon Peak Stilwell End Table
- Best modern end table: Crate and Barrel Tate Nightstand
- Best square end table: Zinus Dane Modern Studio Square End Table
- The best acrylic end table: CB2 Peekaboo Acrylic C Table
Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.
The best end table overall
Why you’ll love it: The Andover Mills End Table with Storage is the perfect fusion of beautiful design and functionality.
The Andover Mills End Table with Storage elevates the basic end table design to new levels. Available in nine versatile neutrals, it has a drawer and pull-out shelf with polished knobs and a bottom shelf that the brand describes as ideal “for clearing away smaller clutter.”
With such a classic look, you’d be hard-pressed to find a living room or bedroom this table wouldn’t fit in with — well, maybe not ultra-modern interiors. It has a reasonable price tag — just a little over $130 — but it is made of both real and manufactured wood. This table has 877 reviews on Wayfair and an overall 4.5-star customer rating.
“This little table is quite stylish and appears far more expensive than it actually is. It was easy to assemble and sturdy when used. I am going to get glass cut for the top as the wood appears soft. I am pleased with the purchase,” wrote one shopper.
Pros: Relatively affordable, pull-out shelf and drawer, comes in nine colors
Cons: Assembly required
The best artsy wooden end table
Why you’ll love it: The Loon Peak Stilwell End Table from Wayfair lends a woodsy vibe to your decor.
If style is your top concern, check out the Loon Peak Stilwell End Table from Wayfair. This is a beautiful circular end table crafted with reclaimed teak wood. The top resembles a cross-section of a tree with a natural light brown stain, while the bottom is constructed with thick branches arranged in a tripod-inspired shape, available in natural wood or painted white for a cool contrast.
The Stilwell End Table is an ideal accent piece to slip into small spaces, but keep in mind that the tabletop is larger than it looks, measuring at 22 by 20 x 22 inches.
Curbed featured this table in its "Best side tables under $250" list. Wayfair shoppers rate it 4.7 out of 5 stars, based on 1,293 reviews. "This table is absolutely perfect. It is a fantastic size and a good top surface area. Very unique and well made," wrote one reviewer. "This table is a steal for the price. The quality is great and it’s a unique piece," said another.
Pros: Rustic design, made of reclaimed teak, good quality for the price
Cons: Natural wood varies in appearance
The best modern end table
Crate and Barrel
Why you’ll love it: The Tate Nightstand from Crate and Barrel adds a minimalist, modern touch to any room, with a drawer and shelf for extra storage.
Yes, we know, this piece is technically designed for the bedroom, but it has such a terrific design it’d look appropriate in any room; besides, most end tables can function as nightstands.
I love a good Mid-century-style accent piece, and the Tate Nightstand at Crate and Barrel is a great option. The 23 by 18.25 by 25-inch size and additional storage makes this a decent fit for a variety of spaces and decors.
This simple table, made from solid walnut, has clean lines and details like dowel-style legs. Even if the rest of your furniture isn’t modern, the 1960s-inspired silhouette could add a cool, minimalist twist to your room’s set-up. A drawer and shelf add both visual interest and additional storage for small items. It’s the perfect place to stash remote controls, magazines, or note pads.
Crate and Barrel shoppers love the high-quality materials and sturdy drawer. The end table has a 4.8-star rating on the retailer’s website based on 34 reviews.
“Tate nightstands are beautiful! The color of wood is so pretty … Quality craftsmanship, the drawers roll out so smooth when using. The size is perfect and lots of display/storage space with bottom shelf. Very happy with purchase,” wrote one customer.
The downside? It is incredibly expensive, although you are buying quality furniture. And depending on where you live, the piece may arrive unassembled.
Pros: Drawer and shelf for extra storage, made of solid walnut
Cons: Pricey, assembly may be required
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