Coffee tables are the quintessential living room furniture piece and no home is complete without one. They help tie the décor of the room together and give homeowners an opportunity to flex their creativity and express themselves.
Unlike sofas, which typically come in a few standard varieties, coffee tables are made in every shape and style allowing them to be either extravagant, muted, functional, or even quirky. However this abundance of choice makes picking the right coffee table that suits your needs quite a task.
Fortunately, we’ve put together a beginner’s guide to selecting that perfect coffee table for you.
1) What’s the Perfect Height?
Coffee tables are usually low so we can conveniently stretch out to reach our drinks while watching television. They also provide a footrest for us to kick back, relax, and put our feet up when sitting on the sofa.
The height of the coffee table also has a visual impact on the room. A smaller, shorter coffee table might complement living room furniture while a taller coffee table makes a statement on its own. Functionally, a coffee table also has to be easily accessible from the couch and needs to be at a comfortable height.
Choosing the perfect height for your coffee table is very much dependent on the configuration of your furniture. If you have longer sofas, it can be advantageous to have a taller coffee table so guests don’t have to stretch to reach it. More minimal living room styles would benefit from having a smaller, shorter coffee table to complete the look.
As a general rule of thumb, the standard height of a coffee table lies between 12 to 24 inches tall.
2) Width of Coffee Table
When thinking about the width of the coffee table, it’s useful to consider the dimensions of your living room. The amount of space you have between your coffee table and sofa will go a long way in deciding how wide or narrow your coffee table should be.
Ideally, the width of your coffee table should be two-thirds the length of your sofa so there’s sufficient walkway around your coffee table. Utility should trump design in this instance, and it’s better to get a coffee table that’s the right width than to plump for a coffee table that makes your living room feel cramped.
3) Shape of your Coffee Table
Square? Round? Oval? Freeform? With so many options it can be overwhelming to commit to just one shape for your perfect coffee table. While it may be tempting to go for something outlandish, keep in mind that the best coffee tables are the ones that suit the furniture around it. For instance rectangular coffee tables are perfect should you have a long sofa and round coffee tables complement sectional sofas due to their ‘nook’ shape.
Some coffee tables also offer options for extra storage space via drawers or a shelf. Purchasing such coffee tables lets you save space elsewhere in your home while adding to the appeal and function of your table. After all, who doesn’t love a good coffee table book or some family albums to browse while seated on the couch?
4) Material & Style
Coffee tables are such simple pieces of furniture that they can be made out of almost anything. The only requirement is that they must be sturdy enough for your drinks. There are coffee tables made out of glass, wood, stone, metal, marble, and many more.
To avoid mismatching and clashes with your other living room furniture, try to ensure that the material and style of your coffee table pairs well with the overall décor. If you want a more rustic look, then stone or wood would be the best picks. For a more modern aesthetic, go for metal or glass.
At the end of the day, try and have fun with the process. Your living room furniture is an extension of your personality, so choose a coffee table you think best represents you. Coffee tables will also last a long time before needing to be replaced, so think carefully about the look you want for your living room for the next few years.
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