Brass and glass side table with storage shelfSmall side tables with storage are indispensable pieces of furniture for small spaces.  In a small room a couple of strategically placed side tables is often much more versatile than one central coffee table.

Small tweaks to a room make a huge difference.  If you’ve ever tried to sit and relax with no handy surface nearby to put your glass/cuppa/book/phone/knitting (or combination thereof) you’ll know what I mean.

Here at CBT HQ we could do with at least one small side table in our small living room.  And, as with all furniture for small spaces, side tables with valuable storage are particularly versatile and functional.

On the other hand, we need unfussy lines and simple shapes as we don’t want the room to look cluttered.  So we searched for the ideal balance of style and practicality, and here is our current Top 10 of contemporary side tables with storage for small spaces.

Top 10 Contemporary Side Tables with Storage for Small Spaces

Brass and glass side table with magazine rack1. First up is this simple side table that’s also a magazine rack. The style of the Adelyn Magazine Rack from Graham and Green is definitely retro-inspired, but the look couldn’t be more of the moment.

Eluminae gold and glass side table with storage shelf2. The Eluminea side table could fit into so many styles of decor, don’t you think?  It’s simple and opulent  with a hint of boho luxe – and I wish I had somewhere to put this lovely table!

Grayson Side TableThe Grayson Side Table from John Lewis creates interesting lines with its three angled legs and floating shelf, and has a hint of the mid-century modern about it too. It’s also available in a darker stain too, below.

Next up, the Stay Table by Normann Copenhagen which manages to be industrial and organic at the same time.  Soft curves contrast with the hard steel and glossy lacquered finish whilst both the shelf and the base can be used for storage or display.

Cheney steel and glass side table with brass storage shelfCompact, and with clean, simple lines, the Cheney Side Table from MADE is perfect for small spaces (and larger ones too).  The simple metal frame sets off the brass shelf and clear glass top beautifully.

The Minnie Mae Paper Tray Table is neat, versatile and perfect for small spaces.  Carry it around by the handles to wherever you need it, the top is also a removable tray and the magazine rack will store all your reading needs.  Scandi simplicity at its best.


Tiziana marble side table with shelfI love the opulent sophistication of the oval Tiziana Side Table. The white marble top contrasts with the simple black metal frame and asmoked glass shelf – a beautifully contemporary combination.

Ercol Romana Side Table with Drawer for small spacesIconic furniture makers Ercol create timeless, covetable designs. Here is their Ercol Romana Lamp Table in solid American White Oak with its elegant lines and single neat drawer.

Curved Side Table with storage by Kristina Dam Sculptural influences make the Curved Side Table both practical and playful. By Danish design studio Kristina Dam, available at Heal’s online and instore.

Perch & Parrow Reed Side Table with drawer and shelfAnd to finish off our Top 10 side tables with storage for small spaces, above we have the Reed Side Table from Perch & Parrow. The drawer is cleverly positioned lower down to provide an extra shelf on top, and it’s also available in a light wood finish.

So, small space furniture hunters, did anything catch your eye?

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