Nelson Pedestal Side Table


Designed by George Nelson



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Nelson Pedestal Side Table

Nelson Pedestal Side Table

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One sculptural base, three sizes, endless uses: This versatile classic, designed in 1954, is ready to serve in a variety of ways. Whether you need an end table, bedside table, café table, casual meeting table, or cocktail table, you found it.
Nelson Pedestal Side Table


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Packaging Dimensions:
30" x 30" x 18"
Package Weight:
25 lbs.
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Care and Maintenance

With regular care and maintenance, your Herman Miller product will provide many years of superior performance and satisfaction. To maintain quality, please follow the cleaning procedures outlined here.

The instructions for the care and maintenance of Herman Miller products are provided to you as a service. No warranty is implied since results may vary.


Polished Aluminum

For normal cleaning, apply a pre-softened paste wax to polished aluminum components following the manufacturer's instructions. In humid atmospheres near salt water, apply the wax once a month. In other areas, apply wax every three months to maintain the appearance of the aluminum.

Coated Metal

For normal cleaning, wash coated metal surfaces with a soft cloth soaked in detergent and warm water; rinse thoroughly and dry. Remove scuff marks from low-gloss coatings with pre-softened paste wax, following the manufacturer's instructions. Remove scuff marks and scratches from high-gloss coatings using automotive polishing compounds, either liquid or paste. After polishing, apply a pre-softened automotive paste wax to restore original sheen. For assistance in determining the appropriate color and gloss for Herman Miller touch-up paint, contact your Herman Miller Customer Service Representative.

Wood & Veneer

This includes Herman Miller products finished with wood veneer or recut wood veneer, except the oiled Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman with Rosewood, Oiled Walnut, or Oiled Santos Palisander veneer unless specifically noted.

Normal Cleaning 
Dust regularly with a slightly damp, soft, lint-free cloth. Wipe dry with a dry, soft cloth in the directionof the wood grain.Spills should be immediately wiped up with a damp cloth.

Once a month
Clean the surface with a soft cloth dampened with a quality cleaner formulated for wood furniture. Wipe the surface in the direction of the wood grain to remove dirt and fingerprints. Wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth.

Twice a year
Apply a good quality furniture polish with a soft cloth. Do not use aerosol-powered cleaners or polishes. Also, do not use polishes containing waxes or abrasives, or polishes that are oil based.

Herman Miller veneers meet strict testing standards for resistance to wear, light, stains, water, and pressure. To reduce the risk of damage, take some precautions: Use coasters for glasses and mugs. If a glass top is added to the veneer surface, be sure it rests on felt pads. Don’t place a potted plant on a veneer surface unless it’s in a water-tight container or in a drip tray.Don’t let vinyl binders stay on a surface for very long. Use protective pads under equipment with “rubber” cushioning feet. Some chemical compounds used in the feet on office equipment, such as printers and monitor stands, may leave permanent stains or marks.

Minor repair of water rings, stains, and scratches
Rub the surface lightly in the direction of the wood grain using No. 000 steel wool. Apply a scratch-removing polish with a color and value that simulate the veneer. If the scratches are deep, consult a professional furniture refinisher.

Other Damage
Wood is susceptible to bruising and scratching from heavy office equipment, so we encourage a protective surface is placed underneath. Objects should be lifted instead of dragged across a surface. Protective pads should be used under items with a rough bottom, like pottery. Denting, caused by extreme pen pressure when writing, can also damage veneer. Use desk pads or some other protection where a lot of paperwork is done. Sunlight can damage veneer as well, so veneer surfaces should not be in direct sunlight. To help a surface age evenly, users can periodically move items on their desks so that the entire surface is exposed to an even amount of light over time. In addition to light, extremely high or low humidity is a damaging environmental factor. Herman Miller suggests maintaining a relative humidity of 35-65 percent.


Products using laminate may include tabletops, work surfaces, counter caps, transaction surfaces, flipper doors, and lateral files.

For normal cleaning, wash the laminate with a soft cloth and a solution of mild detergent and warm water. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth.

For minor repair of burns or other stubborn marks, apply a nonabrasive liquid kitchen cleanser with a soft cloth soaked in warm water. Rub in the direction of the grain; use caution to avoid damaging the surface texture or gloss. If no grain direction is visible, rub with a light, circular motion.

Do not use powdered abrasives or other harsh cleansers like hypochlorite bleach, hydrogen peroxide, nitric or hydrochloric acids, or lye; they may deface the surface and change the finish color.

Assembly Instructions
Height 21.5"
Width 17"


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Size in photo.

One photo appears to show the coffee table height(16) with a smaller top(17). Is it possible to order this configuration?
A shopper on Oct 6, 2014
Best Answer: An Authorized Herman Miller Dealer in your area will be happy to help you configure and order the Nelson Pedestal Table in the size you're looking for. Please use the Where to Buy link (http://www.hermanmiller.com/where-to-buy.html) to locate a dealer closest to you.

Should you run into any challenges, please contact the Herman Miller Store at 888.798.0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Table Top Construction

Today I learned that the Nelson End Table top is made of pressed wood filler which is only visable when the table is turned over.

So the table looks great, but surprised at the use of pressed wood.

I'm curious to know if this was how the original 1954 table was constructed.
A shopper on Jul 19, 2011
Best Answer: The original Nelson End Table was built in 1954 with a plywood core. Today the table is made with a particle board core, and can be ordered with either a black or white laminate top with a maple veneer edge.
Can the 16" high version of this table be ordered with a walnut top?
A shopper on Dec 28, 2016
Best Answer: The 16" high Nelson Pedestal Table can be ordered with a veneer top.

This option can be purchased through an Authorized Dealer in your area. To find the Authorized Dealer closest to you, please follow this link: http://www.hermanmiller.com/Store/Find-a-Location

If you need further assistance, please contact Herman Miller Store at 888.798.0202.
My small table has lost one of it's screw-in leveling "feet" and I don't see them on the rep[lacement parts page. Is that something you can provide?
A shopper on Nov 7, 2016
Best Answer: Through an Authorized Herman Miller Dealer in your area, the replacement glides (part # 249413) can be ordered. Please copy/paste the following web address in your browser to locate the nearest Authorized Dealership:


Should you run into any challenges, please contact us at 888.798.0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
What is the difference between white and studio white? Is the finish gloss, semi-gloss, matte?
A shopper on Dec 26, 2015
Best Answer: The differences between the White (91) and Studio White (98) tops are the White is more of an off-white with an eggshell finish. Studio White is a bright, clean, pure white finish. Both finishes would have more of a matte finish.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.