Decorator says end tables deserve more respect Well-known room designer Alexa Hampton says maybe the end table's name is the reason it seems unimportant. Other pieces of furniture have more prestigious names, like center, console or buffet. But the end table is so important that a selection should be made very thoughtfully. The first thing to consider is the height of the sofa's arm. The table should be at that same height or not far below it. If there's a table at each end of the sofa, they should be the same height. One reason is that if you are using a pair of lamps, one should not stand taller than the other. There's no need to have matching end tables. In fact, Hampton likes to mix silhouettes with a round table at one end of the sofa and a square table at the other. It provides interest. These little tables can have a big impact on the room.