Best of Three: Simple, Legged Side Tables

Best of Three: Simple, Legged Side Tables

Maxwell Ryan
Aug 29, 2008
• With a three additional contributions from readers!

After finally finding and buying a sofa for the living room, Sara Kate now would like me to get working on side tables in the bedroom. My current solution (for 9 months) has been a really nice cardboard box and a Frosta stool from Ikea. Their time has come...

The problem is that most side tables are TOO BIG, and really wouldn't fit in the slim space by our bed. I want something slim, more in the square shape direction and not too tall. Over the past two weeks, I have found these three solutions and they are so good, they should be shared. As always, got your own idea? Email me: maxwell @

>> Mau Mau Side Table by Studio Hausen for Atlantico - this is the aspirational choice at over $500, but I really like it for the beautiful, natural wood and the subtle shift in the design. Atlantico always does great stuff with wood, and this is their simplest table.
Retailer >> Atlantico

>> Cain Collection Stool by STAACH - part of a bigger collection designed by Seth Eshelman and built by his small, new eco design house up in Rochester, NY, I chose the stool for it's side table dexterity. It comes in many colors, but, again, I like the natural wood.
Retailers >> Design Public, 2Modern, Branch

>> Emeco 18" Occasional Table - I didn't know these existed, but apparently Emeco had Philippe Starck design some tables to go with their more popular chairs (and everything they do is out of 80% recycled aluminum). The smallest one would be perfect for us. It's slim, light, sturdy, comes in a bunch of colors or brushed aluminum.
Retailers >> Design Public, Hive Modern, All Modern


THESE CAME IN FROM READERS IN RESPONSE! Thank you for sharing these really good ideas!

Hi Maxwell-

We have a small bedroom, and don't want our side tables to be too bulky, so we got two Jolly clear plexi tables by Kartell. They're modern and fresh (and relatively inexpensive!) without being too overbearing.

And a link to them at Unica Home.

- Jaime in Brooklyn



I really like the slim side tables from Room & Board. I use the slim 15" round as a nightstand (and then I have a more traditional night stand on the other side of my bed).

Best, Cory


Hi Maxwell,

I signed up to your website via Dwell, and have to say I enjoy both the info and brevity of your emails! I hope I can offer you something in return... regarding your side table issue, though I like the industrial feel of the cardboard box I can see that replacement would need to happen frequently, and well, that dorm room decor can only be sustained for so long. I suggest you try looking at a couple of tables from Bungalow 5, specifically the 'jacqui tea table,' langham side table,' or the 'visconti side cabinet' would offer you a similar aesthetic to your current box (you could try using a Sharpie to draw out the nailheads to try it on before obligating).

Good luck in your search and thanks for the helpful info!


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