We’ve had a LACK side table from IKEA in our living room for the past seven years. It has served us well but I’m beginning to think about swapping it for something a little more exciting. Looking around, it occurs to me that a side table is a fantastic, low-cost, low-commitment way to make a bold design statement in your room. Just checking out the major chain stores and online retailers, I’ve found some really unique tables that are totally affordable.

Top of the list has to be these Hexagonal yellow tables from West Elm. They pretty much stopped me in my tracks. Right now, they cost just $229 for a set of two.

West Elm side table

West Elm also has this lovely hammered metal tray and medina stand for just $139.

West Elm medina stand

Over at Anthropologie, I liked this copper table with an embossed brass top. It’s quite a bit more expensive though, at $398.

Anthropologie side table

Brocade Home, a favorite source of mine, delivers yet again with these two turned leg tables. This one with a dramatic glossy black finish is $199.

Brocade Home side table

The silver metal version is $299. This would look great next to a boxy white sofa (like the IKEA one we have…)

Brocade Home side table

Now this one’s really different. The ESSEY Illusion side table from Design Public is only $275. Being perspex, it would work really well in a smaller space.

Perspex side table

I would love, repeat ‘love’, an Eames walnut stool like this. But at the thick end of $900 it’s out of the question. But this Totem Stool from Room and Board is a similar look for just $399. It’s very tactile – would look fabulous in a room with lots of neutral colors and natural textures.

Room and Board side table

These little tables wouldn’t look out of place in a Paris apartment. They’re the Jules tables from Crate & Barrel and are made of iron with an antiqued mirror top. The smallest is $199. Top them with bonbon dishes, vintage books, overblown pink roses and you have the ultimate in Parisian vintage chic.

Crate and Barrel side table

I’m also rather partial to ceramic garden stools. They’re so versatile: you can use them indoors or out, as seating or tables, or just to satisfy a desire to buy something in luscious cherry red. These are from Pottery Barn and are $159 each. Wisteria also has them in white, pale green, pale blue, silver or gold at $129 each. I fancy silver since I’m still in a sparkly mood.

Pottery Barn garden stool

Ahhhh, speaking of sparkly, now we come to the Michael Aram ‘Enchanted Forest’ side table. Ok, so this is not exactly ‘affordable’. It’s $570. But it certainly lives up to its name – this is one enchanting table. It’s made of polished aluminum and looks like it’s straight out of a fairytale.

Aram enchanted forest side table

So, there’s my round-up of show-stopping side tables. Even the most inhibited interiors should be able to step out of the shadows with one of these…