A coffee table is a place to set drinks, stash magazines, organize remotes or display fun decor. Because of its central placement, it’s often referred to as a center table and can serve as a focal point of any room.
Choosing the right Coffee Table
There are several things to considering the right coffee table for you and your space. If you love to entertain, you may want a circular or elliptical shape to encourage guests to gather around. If you’re trying to create a center focal point to your furnishing arrangement, a square table works well to unify different seating areas. Looking to add storage? Seek out unique coffee tables with lift tops, low shelves or drawers. An oversized storage coffee table that doubles as an ottoman is also a stylish and functional option. Want one that displays decorative items but doesn’t make a loud statement? Consider a glass table: they’re easy to maintain and will blend in with the surroundings.
Proportion is key to unifying your table to the rest of the room’s decor. If you’re shopping for a classic rectangular coffee table, it should measure no more than two-thirds the sofa’s total length and allow two to three feet between it and the surrounding furniture. In general, the height should be approximately the same as the sofa’s cushions to create a comfortable reach. If your space is tight, you may want to look at round coffee tables. Without sharp edges, they’re easier to walk around if the surrounding furniture is closer than usual. If you’ve got an oversized sectional, a large square coffee table should allow for everyone to access the surface, regardless of where they’re sitting.