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Choosing a coffee table is usually considered an easy task, you go to the store or browse online and pick out your favourite one. When it comes to our sofa we put a lot of hours into choosing the right size, fit and shape. The coffee table should be no different, there are a few considerations that you need to think of before you make your final decision.
After a sofa, a coffee table is one of the next most important pieces of furniture in your living room. It helps tie together your seating area, and offers the practicality of a surface for placing a drink or food, and displaying your favorite coffee table books.
Coffee tables may be a necessity but they are also an important part in the layout of your living room. If you fail to buy the right fit even the most stylish living room can fall short. Follow these four EZ Living tips to prevent you from making common mistakes when it comes to choosing your coffee table.
The first thing you will need to consider is the coffee table height. Your coffee table should be no more than 2-3 inches above or below your sofa's seat height. The closer to the seat height the better. This will make your coffee table more practical and will look much better aesthetically.
For most households, the coffee table always belongs in the heart of the living room. You will want to allow a nice amount of room around that area to prevent it from taking up the whole room and to ensure there is sufficient space to walk around. A good rule of thumb is to leave around 17 inches from each end of your coffee table to the edge of your sofa for walkability.
Don't go too large or too small and ensure your coffee table is in proportion with your sofa. Traditionally, your coffee table should be 12 to 18 inches away from your sofa, any more or less than that will feel uncomfortably close or far.
Once you figure out the right height and length, you can now decide what shape coffee table will suit your living room best.
A fantastic option for a smaller living room, a round coffee table will create the illusion of more space in your living area. It is a great option for families, the smooth round edges means that there is less chance of somebody hitting their head off a harsh corner. Round options like the Malta coffee table come with shelves to allow more options for storage. The Alisma marble coffee table would add a striking finishing touch to a smaller space. Opting for a round version with a glass top like the Heaven coffee table will give you more open space. Another benefit of a glass coffee table is that your guests will get a great view of your rug.
Depending on the size of your sofa, a square coffee table would be a stylish and sophisticated option. If your sofa is on the larger side, this may be too small for your living area. You can always go for two square ones side by side to balance out your space. Square tables like the Mila Coffee table can add depth to your space and will break up the long lines of your furniture. They are another great option for those who are on the lookout for a small coffee table.
Is usually the most popular option, a rectangular coffee table will give you lots of surface space. It fits into most living rooms but in particular those that are long and narrow. Some rectangular options like the San Francisco and Versaille coffee tables come with extra storage like drawers and shelves. Coffee tables with storage are always an added bonus. If you wanted to go without a shelf or drawer, the Arno and Avignon coffee tables are fantastic options.
An oval coffee table is another brilliant family-friendly option. An oval table can work out really nicely to balance the edge of your sofa. The Glam Oval coffee table will achieve the same look like a rectangular one but will soften a really angular or modern sofa.
Whichever one suits your lifestyle our wide variety of coffee tables will have options for all spaces. If you prefer to stretch out your legs and want a nest of tables instead, we can help you with that too.