Coffee tables are functional furniture items. They serve many purposes, including holding your mail, two dozen remote controls, your feet, and your coffee. But coffee tables can be so much more than a dumping ground for your accumulated possessions. They are an essential element of your living room's aesthetic and a necessary complement to your sofa. These tables can also be used to set out beverages and snacks when viewing a movie or hosting guests.
Despite the significance of coffee tables, many of us still struggle with fundamental concerns regarding how to select the best one, including:
- At what height should a coffee table stand?
- How broad do coffee tables need to be?
- Does every low table qualify as a coffee table?
- Are the coffee table and end tables required to coordinate?
Learn from the experts at Classico Roma the answers to these concerns and other top considerations for selecting a living room coffee table.
Everyone knows their preferred Starbucks coffee size — tall, grande, or venti — but not everyone knows the ideal measurement for a coffee table. When browsing for a coffee table, width is the first and most significant dimension to consider. It would be best if you determined it before other, more common concerns, such as coffee table height and color.
A well-balanced room typically has a coffee table approximately two-thirds the width of the sofa. This allows for equal space on each side of the table, centered in front of the seating. It also allows easy access to the settee without playing awkward leapfrog with the coffee table.
If you have a sectional sofa with a chaise, the same rule applies; however, you should only consider the space in front of the sofa portion when determining the table's width so that there is a clear path for traffic between the chaise and the table. This width rule is practical and essential for the room's Feng Shui; it effortlessly creates balance with the sofa and permits a good energy flow.
As it is roughly two-thirds the width of the sofa portion of the Jensen Reversible Chaise Leather Sectional, our Cloverdale Coffee Table pairs well with it. Given the width of our Avalon sofa, the larger Redondo Pier coffee table will work well in this instance.
This applies equally to round and oval desks. Pair our Washington Round Coffee Table, measuring 49 inches in diameter, with our Jackson Heights Sofa. Our oval Coram Coffee Table, measuring 42 inches, complements the more compact Logan Drive Apartment Size Sleeper Sofa.
As it is roughly two-thirds the width of the sofa portion of the Jensen Reversible Chaise Leather Sectional, our Cloverdale Coffee Table pairs well with it. Our Avalon sofa is slightly more expansive and pairs well with our larger Redondo Pier coffee table.
This applies equally to round and oval desks. Combine our Washington Round Coffee Table (49 inches) with furniture such as our Jackson Heights Sofa. Our oval Coram Coffee Table (42 inches) pairs best with an apartment-sized Logan Drive Sleeper Sofa.
After determining the width, it's time to progress to the next crucial measurement in determining the table's dimensions: the length. What height should coffee furniture have? The truth is that no single coffee table height is optimal for all environments. You must measure the size of your sofa's seating for the best fit.
Since the average coffee table height is directly proportional to the seat height of the average settee, typically between 15 and 22 inches, most coffee tables are between 16 and 18 inches tall. This is the distance between the floor and the highest point of the settee cushion.
Choose a coffee table roughly the same height as the sofa's seat when browsing for the ideal option. You can also choose a coffee table that is a few inches shorter. Still, if you choose a particularly low table, you lose functionality — bending over to gather up items from a low coffee table quickly becomes tiresome. In contrast, a too-tall coffee table for the space will never appear or feel right. The height of your living room table should never exceed the seat height of your sofa so as not to obstruct your view while seated on the couch.
The standard coffee table height is between 16 and 18 inches, but the ideal measurement will ultimately depend on the dimensions of your sofa. The Saxon Sofa has a seat height of 22 inches. Try coupling it with our 18-inch-tall Douglas Lift Top Coffee Table, which can be raised slightly.
Pair the 14-inch-tall Kanan Coffee Table with something lower, such as the Blaire Sofa, the Simpson Apartment Size Sofa, or the Bannister Apartment Size Sofa, which also complements the table's width.
Ottomans and low tables
If you are unconventional, your next coffee table need not be a table at all. Coffee tables are a broad category that frequently includes the unexpected, such as ottomans upholstered in leather, eye-catching poufs, and wooden benches. If you're mastering the mix-and-match style, your coffee table and end tables should not be identical but should coordinate in size or color to maintain room cohesion.
Coffee Table Position
Consider the coffee table's depth about the remainder of your living room furniture. The distance to the settee is a crucial measurement because it determines the actual functionality of the space. Ideally, a living room coffee table should be 12 to 18 inches from the sofa so you don't bang your shins against the table's edge or lack space to pass when strolling by. Your coffee table will feel on its own if placed further away.
We also recommend leaving approximately 30 inches of space between the coffee table and other pieces of furniture so as not to obstruct traffic flow or make the room feel too congested. However, coffee table depth is most important when considering the available space. If you have a sectional sofa with a chaise, you can determine a balanced depth using the same width guidelines: the coffee table's depth should be approximately two-thirds that of the chaise. Finding a coffee table that feels like it belongs with your sofa is essential, and size is crucial to achieving this sense of balance.
The Way to Adorn Your Coffee Table
Now that you have a coffee table consider what you will place on it. The coffee table presents an extraordinary opportunity to display your design abilities. Begin by dividing the table into equal sections. Each section should contain objects of varied heights and textures. Include vegetation, sculptures, and two book zones. Again, establishing a balance is the objective, so reserve some space for beverages and snacks.
Standard coffee table shapes are rectangular, square, and round. The most space-consuming coffee tables are square and round. These are ideal when there is a large amount of space in front of the settee or when the furniture is arranged for conversation seating. If the focal point of your living room is the television, a rectangular coffee table is likely the best option.
Consider a round table if your space is limited. Additionally, round shapes work well with sectionals, as they fit nicely into the notches that these sofas create.
Want something avant-garde? Check out the Classico Roma Coffee Tables, which resemble the cross-section of a tree and feature a unique, free-form surface with a modern aesthetic.
If you dislike congestion, consider purchasing a storage shelf or coffee and end tables with built-in storage. We understand that remotes, cables, and other necessities aren't necessarily what you want to see when you relax at the end of the day, so tuck them away in the Rollins Coffee Table's two spacious storage drawers or within the Douglas Lift Top Coffee Table.
Find Your Favorite
These are some of the most attractive coffee tables we've ever offered in our extensive collection of new living room tables. Whether you prefer a low coffee table, a coffee table with storage, or something with a unique shape, Classico Roma has a suitable option. Explore our entire collection to discover your favorite item today.