The Best-Looking Side Tables for $50 or Less

updated Jun 3, 2021
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Did you spend your living room’s total budget on that super comfortable new sofa you just had to have? (Don’t worry, you’re not alone in this.) If you have little left over for accent items, like the ever essential side table, you’ll be glad to hear that finding an affordable pick that’s not only super stylish but completely on-trend is a lot easier than you might think. From classic wooden designs and metal picks complete with a glistening gold finish, to a side table equipped with enough storage to keep all of your favorite blankets handy year-round, we’ve rounded up an affordable assortment of the best side tables under $50 that don’t skimp on style — because this little piece of furniture doesn’t have to break the bank. Besides, without the little living room helper, where are you supposed to put your drink? We’ve got you (and your beverages) covered.

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Keep it simple with this round wood-and-white side piece. With a mid-century modern look, this two-tone beauty will look great in any living space.

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was $70.00

Leave it to Zinus to come up with an affordable multi-tasking piece of furniture that's also easy on the eyes. This frugal find provides you with that much-needed surface area, as well as an extra spot to store throw blankets.

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Another round pick, this metal side table is also multi-functional thanks to its removable tray top that makes serving (and cleaning) a breeze. Best of all, it's available in five chic colors and outfitted with a wear-, rust-, and water-resistant coating that makes it outdoor-friendly.

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After something a little different than a circle or square side table? Try an unexpected abstract triangle shape in a fun nesting design. Available in either all white or a white and gray mix, this set offers double the space and the option to really customize your design layout.

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was $49.90

Scoring a double-shelf side table is like getting two for the price of one. Store your remotes and magazines on the lower shelf and keep more important items up top — like your wine and cheese plate — with this gold table from VASAGLE. This sweet little drink table gets a dose of glitz and glam from a gold finish and glass tabletop.

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A pop of sage instantly elevates this simple, foldable retro side table. Available in a host of fun colors, this round table is easy to set up and a dream for both indoor and outdoor spaces.

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was $43.99

The ultimate side table for the hostess with the most-est, this white side table is an entertaining dream. With a removable top that can be used as a serving tray, simply flip the tray over for an instant, unique tabletop. Minimalist and clean-lined, this table is the definition of versatile.

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Set your drink upon this stylish wooden find. The glossy finish of this table (available in brown, white, red, and yellow) takes a traditional spindle design to a modern elevation. Place this piece next to your sofa or sitting chair and consider your room complete.

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If a simple square end table is on your list, consider it checked off. This side table features a convenient storage nook that can keep everything from your latest read to your remote to lounging must-haves close but still tucked away.

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C-tables are one of our favorite pieces of functional furniture. For a neutral pick that can blend into any aesthetic, the WLIVE C-side table is one of our very favorites. Coming in four neutral colors (with chic wood tone tops), this tiny wonder is a must for small-space dwellers and multi-taskers.

Sarah M. Vazquez also contributed to reporting.