How to Choose a Coffee Table
Coffee table dimensions are the most important consideration to keep in mind when choosing a coffee table. And with that, it’s important to know the dimensions of the seating furniture you plan on placing around your coffee table as well as have a rough plan for where you’d like to place all your living room furniture. Keep in mind that you should reserve 14” to 18” between your coffee table and surrounding seating furniture. Where you expect foot traffic, try to leave at least 30” around your coffee table so it doesn’t hinder movement through the space.
As for coffee table height, to ensure it’s at a convenient height, it’s a good idea to choose a coffee table that is within 4” taller or shorter than the seat height of surrounding chairs. Your coffee table width should be at least half as long as your sofa, but not longer.
When it comes to choosing coffee material features and materials, you have much more freedom of expression. Choosing the right coffee table type and material is more so up to personal taste and preference. If you anticipate using your coffee table frequently for a multitude of different purposes, consider a coffee table with storage to keep your daily essentials close by. If you’d prefer your coffee table to be a visually striking accent piece, go with a solid marble coffee table instead. Keep in mind each coffee table material’s durability and care needs – and if you have children, beware of glass, metal, and stone coffee tables which may have sharp corners.