Unexpected Uses for Side Tables

Side tables can be used for so much more than just as a place to put a lamp and a TV remote. In fact, their small size makes them ideal for use in any room of the house. To jump-start your imagination, we have put together this quick guide to repurposing these often overlooked pieces of furniture. The next time you're feeling creative, let your design ideas be inspired by these alternate uses for side tables.


Removing the drawer from a side table can transform it into a small bookcase. Use it to save space it a small bedroom or to store cookbooks in the kitchen. If you're short on floor space, you can even affix the side table a the wall to create a "floating" bookcase.


A short side table can be turned into an ottoman with some fabric, foam, a staple gun, and some spray adhesive. Simply glue the foam to the top of the table using the spray adhesive, then cover with fabric and staple the fabric in place. Converting a side table into an ottoman can be a great way to cover the scuffed top of a side table that is otherwise in good condition.

Appliance Stand

A side table set up in the corner of a kitchen can provide the perfect stand for a mini refrigerator, coffee machine, or microwave. In other rooms, a side table can be used as a media stand or a stand for a small television. The drawer serves as a convenient place to store remote controls and game consoles that are not in use.

Pet Crate Cover

Many side tables are the perfect size to fit over a small pet crate. This can be helpful if you have limited space or simply want the room to have a more streamlined look. Pets feel more secure in closed-in spaces, so using a side table to hide a pet crate is also a great way to provide your furry friend with a quiet, relaxing environment.

Outdoor Uses

Weatherproof side tables can serve as the ideal anchor for your outdoor seating arrangement. Place them between chairs and top with potted plants to unify your patio's furnishings. Side tables also add function to your outdoor living room by providing a surface for serving drinks and snacks.

With a little creativity, a side table can serve as a functional addition to any room inside the home -- or outside of it. Use the above ideas as a stepping off point to put a neglected side table into good use.

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