How to Decorate a Side Table

Side tables offer an excellent place to store and display all sorts of items, from books and magazines to plants and picture frames. Whether you’re looking for a small accent piece or something more substantial, decorating a side table can enhance your living space’s look. Decorating a side table is easy; it takes little effort or time.

How to Decorate a Side Table

The advantages of decorating a side table are that it can help to create a more homely and welcoming atmosphere in your living room. It also enables you to showcase some of your favorite pieces, such as photographs or artwork and also allows you to be creative with color schemes and textures. In this blog post, You will learn in detail how to decorate a side table.

Step-by-Step Processes for How to Decorate a Side Table

Step 1: Inspect the Existing Side of Table

Take note of its color, shape, and size. Also, determine what type of material it is made from – wood, metal, plastic, or any other material – that will help you decide which accessories to choose. Choose items that complement the existing side table and match its size and shape. Decide which items you need to keep on the side table – typically flowers, books, a lamp, or a clock.

Step 2: Select Neutral Colors for Your Table

When decorating your side table, choose neutral colors that blend in with the rest of your home décor. Will allow you to add more vibrant pieces without clashing with the existing items. A tablecloth or runner can instantly give your side table an elegant and sophisticated look. Choose one that coordinates with other decor items in the room, or create a contrast to make it stand out.

Step 3: Add Floral Arrangements

Fresh flowers are always a great addition to any side table. You can also use faux flowers if you want something that will last longer without having to replace them every now and then.

Fresh Flowers Are Always a Great Addition

When decorating a side table, avoid piling on too many items. Too much clutter can make your space look disorganized and cluttered. Select only a few essentials and arrange them in an orderly manner.

Step 4: Include Photos and Artwork

Your side table is the perfect place to showcase photos of family members or artwork that you love. Choose frames that match the overall theme of your décor and hang them in a pattern or grid format for a more organized look.

Adding pops of color to your side table can help bring life into a room. Opt for vibrant colors like yellow, purple, red, or blue that will brighten the space and complement your existing décor.

Step 5: Add a Candle or Lantern

Adding a candle or lantern to your side table is an excellent way to make it look cozy and inviting. Choose one in a color that complements the other items on the side table, and ensure it is at least three feet away from anything flammable.

Once you have all the items selected for your side table, arrange them in an organized and balanced way. Consider each item’s size, shape, and colors to determine how they will best fit together on the side table.

This will create a cohesive look that complements both the furniture style and your room’s overall décor. Once you have followed all these steps, you will have a beautiful and stylish side table that adds a touch of elegance to any room in your house.

Adding a Candle or Lantern to Your Side Table

Tips for How to Decorate a Side Table

  1. Take into account the size of your side table and make sure that the decorations you choose will fit proportionately. Keeping a balanced look is important, as too many large items can make the table appear cluttered.
  2. Always ensure that any decoration or item used is stable and secure on the side table before proceeding with other tasks. This is especially important if you plan to move the side table afterward.
  3. Keep in mind where your side table will be placed and consider the items which may be around it, such as other furniture, plants, or pets. Ensure that any decorations don’t pose a trip hazard or cause an obstruction.
  4. If decorating with candles, make sure to use the appropriate holders, which are fire-safe and won’t topple over. Place them away from flammable items, such as curtains or furniture.
  5. If you plan to hang decorations (such as wall art) on a side table, be sure to use an appropriate hook for the size of the decoration. Heavy items should be attached with heavy-duty hooks to avoid damage or accidents.
  6. Before placing your decorations on the side table, test the surface using a clean cloth and some mild soap. If it’s made from wood or other materials that water could damage, use a furniture cleaning spray instead.
 Hang Decorations (Such as Wall Art)

What Items Do You Plan on Storing and Displaying on the Side Table? 

The next step in decorating your side table is to decide what items you want to store and display. Some common items are lamps, books, candles, family photos, and art pieces. Consider the size of the side table and think about how many items you want to place on it without making it look too cluttered. Once you have decided which items will be placed on the side table, you can now decide how to arrange them.

When arranging the items, make sure to create a balance between visual appeal and functionality. Try playing around with different arrangements until you find something that looks aesthetically pleasing while still meeting your needs for storage and display.

Additionally, consider adding decorative elements such as trays, baskets, or rugs to add a bit of extra style and coziness. Now that you have an idea of what items you would like to store and display on the side table, it’s time to decide how you want to decorate your space.

Are There Any Special Considerations for Securing Objects to a Side Table? 

When deciding to decorate a side table, it is important to consider the weight of any items that will be placed on the top. If heavier objects such as books or plants are being used, it may be necessary to secure them to the surface somehow.

This can be done using small adhesive discs, which can be stuck directly onto the item and then stuck to the table, or pieces of furniture tape which can be applied directly to the underside of the item and then stuck to the top of the table. This will help ensure heavier items do not slip off or topple over, preventing damage and accidents.

Using Small Adhesive Discs

In addition, it is important to consider how secure any objects are once placed on a side table.

If the objects are easily pushed or knocked, it is worthwhile to attach them in some way to ensure that they remain in place. This can be done by using adhesive discs, furniture tape, or other adhesives as mentioned above, or alternatively with small pieces of velcro which can be stuck onto the item and then secured to the table.

How Often Will You Need to Clean and Rearrange the Items on Your Side Table? 

It is important to consider how often you will need to clean and rearrange the items on your side table. The frequency of cleaning and rearranging will largely be determined by what type of items you have placed on the table.

If you have placed lightweight decorative pieces such as candles, books, or framed pictures, these might require more frequent dusting than heavier items such as lamps or vases.

Also, if you are using the table to hold frequently used items, such as a remote control, you will need to frequently rearrange those items so that the table looks neat and organized.

Finally, if your side table is in an area with high foot traffic, it might collect more dust than one tucked away in a corner of the room, and thus require more frequent cleaning. Considering how often you will need to clean and rearrange the side table will help you decide which decorative items are best suited for that particular space.

What Are Some Common Mistakes to Avoid When Decorating a Side Table? 

When decorating a side table, it’s important to remember some common mistakes to avoid. One mistake is overcrowding the surface of the side table. Avoid placing too many items on the top of the side table, as this can make it look cluttered and overwhelming. Instead, consider adding just one or two statement pieces to draw attention to the table while leaving enough room to move around.

Another mistake to avoid is not accounting for the size of the side table to the other furniture in the room. To ensure you don’t overpower your side table with larger items, consider the proportion and scale of each piece you put on it.

For example, a large lamp might look out of place if your side table is small. Finally, don’t forget to add subtle touches that will help bring the table together. Consider adding a few books or magazines for color and texture, or maybe even some greenery to make it more inviting.


In conclusion, decorating a side table is an easy and fun way to spruce up any room in your house. Adding different elements, such as plants, books, or decorative items, creates the perfect accent piece for your living space. If you choose colors and materials that complement your existing furniture and décor style, it’s easy to find something that will fit and look great in your home.

Don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment with different materials, colors, or shapes to make the side table unique and perfect for your space. I hope reading this post has helped you learn how to decorate a side table. Make sure the safety precautions are carried out in the order listed.

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Adrian Green

Adrian is a woodworking hobbyist and has loved Woodworking since he was 10 years old. Back then in childhood, his father used to have a furniture shop. He used to help his dad and learned a lot from him about how to fix woodworking furniture, basic carpentry knowledge and also about how to work hard and take care of business. He enjoys woodworking as a hobby. He loves the feeling of creating something with his own hands, and the satisfaction that comes from seeing his finished products used by others.

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