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A Few Tips on Finding the Best Coffee Table for Your Living Room

A Few Tips on Finding the Best Coffee Table for Your Living Room

Looking for the perfect coffee table to accent your room?  The options are limitless, but identifying your needs will help narrow down the selection.  Our handy coffee table guide will help you find the perfect table for your space.

Know Your Shapes

The most efficient shape coffee table can really make or break your space.  The standard coffee table shape is a rectangle, which works well with any sofa/loveseat or sofa/chair layout.  An L-shaped sectional that is the same length on both sides functions best with a square or round coffee table to keep it balanced.  Some sectionals have a chaise on one side, and in this case a smaller round table or oval shape fits well.  The golden rule is to make sure you have enough room to maneuver around your table, but also that the table is big enough to be functional and handy.

Size Matters

When selecting a table size, take into account the size of your space and the scale of the other furniture in the room.  Giant sectionals with lots of pillows and bulk need a proportionate size table to keep it from looking dwarfed.  Likewise a small scale and streamlined sofa will look best with a smaller size table.  Typically your coffee table should be about 2/3 the length of your sofa to keep it scaled correctly.  Your table height has a big impact on your space as well.  For instance, a lot of modern upholstery has a lower seat height, so tables should be lower to keep the room balanced.  Your coffee table should be right at seat height level, give or take an inch.

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 Go for a Roll

Caster coffee tables are perfect for active families or anyone who loves reconfiguring their living room.  Particularly if you have a reclining sofa or loveseat, a caster coffee table will scoot right out of the way.  Rolling tables also come in handy when you need open floor space for playing with the kids or working out.  Often times the casters are hidden behind the legs of the table, but large industrial looking wheels are in fashion now as well.

Reclaimed pine surfaces with industrial detail add texture and interest to slim and sturdy metal frames on this Franklin Forge Coffee Table.


Hidden Storage

If you constantly have magazines and remotes covering your coffee table, think about replacing it with a storage table.  Many coffee tables now have multiple drawers or lift-tops to make all that mess disappear.  Lift-top storage tables give you places to hide that clutter and the comfort of a tabletop that comes to you!  A coffee table with a lift-top also functions as an extra workspace to raise your laptop or puzzle to the perfect height.  Consider the size and scale of the upholstery though.  Many coffee tables with drawers and lift-top tables are visually heavy and work best with sectionals or larger scale sofas.

This lift-top coffee table from Null is designed for the utmost in flexibility, it can be placed seamlessly into a casual or a refined setting.


Heavy Metal

If your room already has a fair amount of wood tones, try a stone or glass top table with metal accents.  Adding a new texture and color to your room can help it from looking too stale or overly matchy-matchy.  Glass and stone are very durable materials, and work well for a high traffic area.  Glass top tables will never warp or get watermarks, so you can breathe easy when your guests don’t use a coaster.

This versatile coffee table from Hammary can be placed seamlessly into a casual or a refined setting.



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