Tables & Ottomans Finish a Room with Function
Side tables and ottomans are a great place to add color or texture. If you're using a table with a chair or sofa, a side table works best when it's no lower than an inch or two below the arm it's next to. A standard sofa arm is around 24 inches tall, so aim for a table about that height. Pay attention also to the width of the table.You can find side tables anywhere from 12"-30 wide. Be careful that the lamp you put on the table fits safely.
Ask a designer for help on picking a style of tables that match your furniture. A traditional skirted rolled arm sofa will look a little odd with a modern sleek table. A designer will talk to you about how you want to use the table or ottoman and through sketching the room out will advise you on what shape and size will fit best and where.