How High Should a Living Room End Table Be?

Living room end tables typically range from 25 to 30 inches in height, but modern designers are challenging that precept.

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End tables should rest below the shoulder of a living room sofa.End tables should rest below the shoulder of a living room sofa.
Interior designer Jon Call states in a 2010 "New York Times" interview that the ideal height for an end table in a living room should be 18 to 20 inches.

Standard end tables, 25 to 30 inches high, are equal to or higher than the average sofa or living room chair, making it awkward to reach for drinks or other items when seated. The tabletop should rest between the top of the sofa's arm and the top of the seat cushion. This height creates multiple uses for the table when placed in front of the couch, including dining, working on a laptop, writing or drawing.

About the Author

Wendy K. Leigh is a travel writer and photojournalist from Seattle. She is the Editor of Islands America, a travel website for visiting islands within the United States. She also writes about home design, food and historical architecture. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Washington.