Can I Put My Air Purifier on A Table? (With Pictures)

  • Author: Irene Batres
  • Date: September 26, 2022
  • Time to read: 5 min.
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Buying an air purifier is a great decision overall.

It helps clean the air around your house and ensures that you breathe fresh indoor air.

So this caused me to wonder can I put my air purifier on a table?

Here’s what I know from my years of experience:

You can place an air purifier on a table. In fact, placing it on a table will help clean the air you breathe (ambient air) causing it to work more effectively than placing it on a low location such as a floor or too high on a shelf.

But that just scratches the surface.

In the rest of this article, I will be diving deeper into answering questions about air purifiers and their placement.

Just keep reading to learn more!

Can I Put My Air Purifier On A Table?

To ensure optimum performance, the placement of your purifier is important. You most certainly can place your purifier on a table, provided you follow a few conditions.

For instance, it wouldn’t be able to work as effectively if you’d placed it too low on the floor or too high on a shelf.

Air purifiers typically pull pollutants out of the air around you and capture them in a filter located within them.

As a matter of fact, smaller air purifiers are at their effective best when placed on a table, or at any high position.

This is because they don’t need to suck out air from below in this position. 

However, make sure there aren’t any other electronics close to where you place your purifier. Having other electronics close at hand can interfere with the working of our purifier, especially if it’s a low-cost purifier.

High-quality purifiers won’t interfere with electronic equipment, but I’d advise you not to take chances all the same. 

Also, most manufacturers mention the best position for your purifier as and when you purchase it.

Make sure you keep an eye out for instructions such as these before installing your purifier. 

Does It Matter Where I Put My Air Purifier?

Where to place air purifier

Sure, it does; the position of your air purifier can determine how well it functions. The size of your room is one of the biggest factors to consider before installing it. 

For instance, if you place a powerful purifier in a small room you risk wasting money and power.

Alternatively, if you place a small purifier in a room that’s too big, you risk circulating polluted air.

In a confined space polluted air does not get circulated enough. You end up obtaining little benefit from your purifier in such a situation. 

It also matters where you place your purifier in terms of which room attracts the most pollution. This is usually the room where most of the smoke/odor in your home emanates from – usually the kitchen.

If it’s dust or dirt that’s the problem, you’d ideally place your purifier in the living room. 

If you’re worried about the quality of the air you inhale while sleeping, place the purifier in your bedroom.

Since you spend 7-8 hours every day in your bedroom this would be a wise choice all around. 

Where Should an Air Purifier Be Placed in A Room?

One of the best positions to place your purifier is near the door.

This is especially true if you have any furry pets or children running in and out constantly.

Placing your purifier near the door will trap the air and prevent it from entering the room. 

Also Read: Do Air Purifiers Remove Carbon Monoxide?

Apart from the doorway, the position of your purifier varies from room to room. It also depends on how powerful your purifier is.

If your purifier has a strong airflow, it shouldn’t be placed too close to where you’ll be sitting.

In case you place it in your bedroom, make sure it’s at least six feet away from your bed. 

A strong purifier placed too close to your bed may interrupt your sleep and clog your sinuses.

If your purifier is not too strong, go ahead and place it closer to your bed. This will ensure you get a good night’s sleep.

A general rule when it comes to placing a purifier is to place it in the corner.

This makes filtering more efficient and cleanses the air on the other side of the room too.

For a better understanding of how a purifier works, you can refer to this article too

Where Not to Place an Air Purifier?

Where should an air purifier be placed in a room

Understanding where you shouldn’t be placing your purifier is as important as understanding where you should.

Placing your purifier in the wrong place and setting can prevent it from working effectively. First and foremost, give your purifier room to breathe.

Placing it in a confined space can prevent it from pulling in air from all directions. Doing so will surely leave polluted or unclean air lingering in distant corners.

Also, make sure you don’t place your purifier below any furniture. It won’t be able to gather air from around the room if you do.

The same goes for placing it behind furniture as that too restricts and obstructs airflow.

Furthermore, make sure you don’t place your purifier around other similar devices.

For instance, don’t place it around dehumidifiers and air conditioners. 

I say this because if the air is being pulled around in different directions, your purifier won’t work properly.

Also, don’ place your purifier near windows and if you do, ensure they’re closed when it’s on.


The location of your air purifier can make the difference between clean air and a waste of money. A lot hangs on a room’s structure, the size of the purifier, and the purpose of the room.

Also, you can place a purifier in a higher place if you ensure it’s done safely.

The number of obstacles you have in a room and their proximity to the purifier is important too.

Small purifiers can easily be kept on tables and moved around if required. If you’ve gone through our answers above, you’ll know there are a lot of factors to consider here. 

However, all in all, placing an air purifier isn’t very difficult. With the right information at hand, it should take you only a few minutes to make a decision.

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Irene Batres is eager to help others create an indoor allergen-free home. She has years of experience testing out air purifiers, dehumidifiers, and other products designed to help with indoor air quality. Learn more about me.