Choosing a side table: NZ buying guide

Looking for functional furniture? Knowing your options will help you find a side table to suit your taste and lifestyle.

Last updated: 24 November 2023

Picking out a side table is like trying to find the perfect Netflix show to binge-watch. You want it to be just the right fit, match your taste, and of course — be of great quality. You also want it to hold up under budget pressure (or at least a bowl of popcorn). But here’s the problem — there are too many options! Fortunately, we’ve put together a comprehensive buying guide to help you narrow down your search. Let’s get started:

Types of side tables

Looking for more functionality in your bedroom? Or maybe you want to create a cosy nook in your living room. Knowing your options will help you find a side table for your taste and lifestyle. Here’s a full rundown:

Bedroom side tables

When it comes to your sanctuary, finding the perfect side table is all about marrying style with functionality. Measure your space, choose the right material, and consider storage options for a seamless blend of form and practicality.

Check out our range of bedroom side tables here.

Living room side tables

Your living room is the heartbeat of your home, and a well-chosen side table can be its unsung hero. Whether you prefer sleek glass or rustic wood, strike the right balance between aesthetics and utility to elevate your space.

See living room side tables here.

Outdoor side tables

Take your outdoor space to the next level with side tables built to brave the elements. Crafted from durable materials like rattan and metal, these tables combine style with resilience, perfect for enjoying your morning coffee or evening cocktail in style.

Browse outdoor side tables here. 

Nesting side tables

Nesting side tables are designed to snugly fit together, with smaller tables tucking neatly under the larger ones. This clever design offers flexibility. Use them as a team or scatter them around for individual tasks. 

See our range of nesting side tables here.

Side tables with storage

Say goodbye to clutter with side tables that offer clever storage solutions. Choose one with drawers, shelves, or concealed compartments to marry form with function. 

Find side tables with storage here.

Side table materials

Figuring out what material you love will help narrow down your search for the perfect side table. Each option will bring its own personality and practicality to the table (excuse the pun).


Love the au natural look? Lightweight yet sturdy, rattan side tables exude warmth and a touch of the outdoors. Perfect for bohemian, coastal, or eclectic interiors, rattan side tables add a unique charm to your living space. 

Pros: Lightweight, durable, and adds a natural touch to any space.

Cons: May require occasional maintenance to preserve its quality.

See our range of rattan side tables here. 


Go for a timeless elegance with wooden side tables. Available in a wide range of finishes, from rich mahogany to light oak, these tables offer versatility and durability. Whether you prefer a classic design or a more contemporary, minimalist look, our selection of wooden side tables provides options to suit any decor style.

Pros: Timeless, versatile, and available in a wide range of finishes.

Cons: Sensitive to moisture and temperature changes, may require periodic upkeep.

Check out all our wooden side tables here.


Want a luxurious feel to your decor? Whether you opt for a sleek modern design or a more traditional style, marble side tables are sure to make a statement. Known for beauty and durability, marble side tables add sophistication to any room. Choose from a variety of finishes, each with its own unique veining and colour palette. 

Pros: Elegant, luxurious, and adds a touch of sophistication to any room.

Cons: Heavier and more delicate, may require extra care during transportation and placement.

Browse our range of marble side tables here.


Create an airy and modern atmosphere with glass side tables. Their transparent surfaces make them perfect for smaller spaces, allowing light to flow through and creating a feeling of openness. Easy to clean and maintain, glass side tables come in a variety of shapes and styles, from sleek and minimalist to intricate and artistic designs.

Pros: Modern, airy, and visually lightens up a space.

Cons: Prone to smudges and fingerprints, may need regular cleaning.

Find your perfect glass side table here.


Add a touch of contemporary flair with metal side tables. Sleek, sturdy, and available in lots of cool, contemporary designs. Whether you prefer the industrial look of raw steel or the polished elegance of brass or chrome, our selection of metal side tables offers options to suit.

Pros: Sturdy, sleek, and often available in various contemporary designs.

Cons: Susceptible to scratches and may need occasional maintenance to prevent corrosion.

See our range of metal side tables here.

New vs. used

While a new side table will suit a more modern look, buying vintage will bring a timeless charm and quality. With a wide selection of curated vintage items, Trade Me is the best place to find unique side tables that add character.

See our range and new and used side tables here.

Happy hunting!

You're now poised to get started on your side table mission. Armed with your style preferences, budget constraints, and specific spatial requirements, you can dive into Trade Me — the perfect side table is waiting.

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