I remember being a newlywed, and having almost no furniture. We had the big stuff (just barely): a couch, a TV, a bed, a kitchen table. I had no: lamps, rugs, or end tables. And when friends came over who drank things, I soon realized the importance of an end table! If you're looking for an end table, here's a fun site with all kinds of them! My VERY favorite one is actually a coffee table trunk. Isn't it gorgeous?
Our first coffee table was Adam's dad's foot-locker from Vietnam. Isn't that great? It was beat up, and vaguely green. I bought a can of mauve spray paint and gave it a make-over. And after 4 babies, the paint was scratched and the trunk was mauve with green showing through. When we had the money, we bought this:
But on to end tables. Awhile back, I got this one, I think from TJ Maxx. The top of it lifts right off, and can be used as a tray.