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Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Coffee Table

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If you’re undecided about getting a coffee table, any interior designer will tell you that function always takes precedence over form. It’s pointless to design a lovely room if you’re never going to utilize it. And you can’t properly use a space without the necessary furniture.

That’s why deciding how you’ll use a place before you start buying home items is so crucial. You’ll most likely be watching television, entertaining guests, and resting with family in your living room. It’s supposed to be a relaxing space. 

In the middle of this, the coffee table is one of the most significant elements in your living room because it keeps drinks, your remote, reading material, and other items safe and within arm’s reach.

There’s always a coffee table in every living room, and the following paragraphs will help you figure out what to look for before you buy one.

Size of Your Coffee Table

The distance between your coffee table and any seating gathered around it should be between 14 and 18 inches and no more than 24 inches. You can envision how large a coffee table you’ll need after you’ve planned out your floor plan.

If you have the space for it, consider placing two coffee tables close to each other in a spacious living area. You can also go even bigger if your living room isn’t a pass-through.

Shape of Your Coffee Table

Different locations and layouts need various shapes, but square or rectangular tables are ideal for closed-off setups. If your living room is a pass-through and you’ll be walking around the coffee table a lot, a round coffee table is a good choice.

Because people want to balance round and square designs in a space, a round coffee table gives balance if most of your furniture pieces are square. A square or rectangular side table, on the other hand, works brilliantly if your furniture has curving arms, a large round mirror, and round side tables. It’s all about striking the right balance.

Sectionals and Coffee Tables

If you have a sectional, you may want to take a different approach to your coffee table. You won’t be putting your feet on the coffee table because many sectionals have chaises on one or both ends. This allows you to use glass or metal tables more frequently. You can also make them a little smaller because there will be less foot traffic and entertainment.

Accessorizing Your Coffee Table

Consider accessories after you’ve chosen your coffee table. You’ll probably want to provide plenty of space for propping up feet and placing drinks in a family room where you’re watching TV. Buying a coffee table with a lower shelf works well in these areas since you can store books and trays underneath while still having plenty of space on top.

Because you’d want to look over the top of your accessories, keep them as low as possible. Anything that is excessively tall will obstruct your eyesight. Essentials can be displayed, such as books and magazines, a tissue box, coasters, candles, or anything else you’ll use frequently.


One of the last things you’ll buy for your space is a coffee table. You’ll have your seats, rugs, and any necessary end tables in place by then. After you’ve finished decorating the rest of the space, all that’s left is to find a good quality coffee table that will make your overall investment worthwhile. Keep in mind that the coffee table’s material should complement your existing decor.

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