Can an End Table Be Higher Than a Couch?

Last updated on December 18, 2023

Yes, an end table can be higher than a couch. Let’s discuss when and why it should be higher and when it’s better to have a lower table. Read on!

This is a question that has been asked many times, and the answer is yes. End tables are typically lower than couches, but there are exceptions to this rule. The height of an end table can be higher than a couch if it is on a raised platform or if the couch is on the ground.

How tall should end tables be? There are various possible scenarios if end tables are taller than two inches above the arms or shorter than two inches below the armrest on your couch. However, if you are not sitting back on the couch, it is okay for end tables to be slightly higher than whatever height the armrests are.

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The Standard Height of an End Table

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The best end tables are between 22-30 inches in height. This allows for someone to mix and match end tables with couches so that the end tables will blend in with the furniture and not look mismatched.

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The Standard Height of a Couch

The height of couches can differ between 30 and 36 inches, and the arms’ height from the ground to the top varies depending on the couch’s overall height and how high up the cushions are.

It can be hard to find the right height for an end table if you have a couch without armrests. There are many ways of determining the height, but there are also factors to consider.

Unlike couches with armrests, many couches don’t require an end table on a specific side. That being said, it can still be difficult to find the right height and positioning for your sofa.

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The Width of an End Table

It would help if you first considered the purpose of the end table. An end table generally has a width between 16-22 inches, depending on what items will be placed on it. For example, if I plan to place a lamp on my end table, then I should make sure that the tabletop is wide enough for this purpose.

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End Tables Matching the Coffee Table

A table that is used as a surface for a coffee maker may not have to exactly match the coffee table, but they should have consist aesthetics and should be of relative heights.

So, end tables do not explicitly match the coffee table, as long as the tables stick to a similar color and style scheme. But their height should be in proportion to the height of your couch cushions.

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Two End Tables

End tables are primarily used to contain lamps and provide a surface between the sofa and where someone is sitting on a loveseat. Two matching end tables is not necessary, but they should have similar styles, heights and either colors or various coloring.

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End Tables Taller Than Chairs

End tables should not be significantly taller than the armchair or recliner it is to be servicing as a tall end table can make it not usable.

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