Coffee Tables

Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a Coffee Table

To help provide a cohesive experience between our online and local stores, we asked our store associates about the most common questions they receive from people when shopping for a coffee table. We included a sample below to help you find the right coffee or accent table for your room or needs.

How big should your coffee tables be compared to your couch?

When pairing a coffee table with a couch, a general rule of thumb is to aim for the table to be about two-thirds the length of the sofa. This ensures visual balance and functionality. For instance, if your couch is 6 feet long, a coffee table around 4 feet in length would be appropriate.

Consider the height as well: the standard coffee table height is around 18 inches, which complements most sofas. Ensure the table is within a few inches of the seat height to facilitate easy reach.

Additionally, leave enough space between the edge of the table and the sofa for comfortable movement—typically about 12-18 inches—while ensuring there's still ample surface area for practical use and aesthetics. Knowing these measurements will help create a harmonious arrangement while optimizing both style and usability.

What shape coffee table looks good with a long couch or sectional?

When pairing a coffee table with a long couch or sectional, consider the scale and proportion. Rectangular or oval-shaped tables tend to complement the linear nature of long sofas well. Aim for a table that is roughly two-thirds the length of your long couch or sectional to maintain visual balance. For example, if your long couch measures 8 feet in length, a coffee table around 5 to 6 feet long would be suitable.

When pairing a coffee table with a sofa with a chaise or an L-shaped sectional, opt for a coffee table shape that complements the sectional's configuration. Typically, rectangular or oval coffee tables work well with chaise sofas and square or round coffee tables complement L-shaped sectionals.

Avoid overly bulky or small tables that may overpower or underwhelm the space.

What size and shape coffee table works well in small spaces?

In small spaces, opt for a coffee table that maximizes both functionality and visual openness. Consider round or oval shapes to soften the room's edges and facilitate easy movement around the table. Aim for a table proportionate to the seating area's size, typically no more than half the length of the sofa or seating arrangement.

For example, if your small sofa measures 5 feet, a coffee table around 2.5 feet in diameter would work well. Choose a table with storage options like shelves or drawers to minimize clutter.

Avoid overly bulky or large tables that dominate the space, hindering traffic flow. Instead, prioritize slim profiles and lightweight materials to create an airy ambiance. These choices optimize the functionality and aesthetics of the coffee table within the constraints of a small living room or space.

What types of coffee tables can also work as a desk?

Consider coffee tables with convertible features like lift-top mechanisms, which elevate the tabletop to a comfortable height for working. Another option is a convertible coffee table that can extend or fold out into a larger surface area.

Additionally, look for tables with built-in storage to keep work essentials organized. Some coffee tables even come with built-in power outlets and USB ports for charging devices. These versatile options maximize functionality in small spaces and cater to the needs of those who work from home or have limited room for a dedicated workspace.

What coffee table styles are safest for kids?

When considering coffee tables for a space with small children, it's important to prioritize safety and durability. Avoid coffee tables with sharp edges or corners, as these can pose a risk of injury. Glass-topped tables are also best avoided, as they can shatter if accidentally bumped or knocked over, presenting a hazard.

Instead, opt for tables with rounded edges or cushioned corners to minimize the risk of injury. Additionally, choose materials like wood or sturdy plastics that can withstand rough handling. Consider tables with lower heights to prevent climbing accidents.

Alternatively, consider soft ottomans or poufs with rounded edges that can serve as a child-friendly coffee table while also providing extra seating or storage. These options ensure a safer environment for children to play and move around in the living room.