A coffee table is one of the most useful items of furniture a house-hold can have.
A coffee table not only provides a perfect spot to place your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine, more importantly, it acts focal point for a room. It can be styled to add character and bring a real 'wow' factor to the living area. Click here to lean how to style your coffee table.
A coffee table also helps to bring a sense of proportion to a room by creating a visual balance against bigger, heavier looking items such as the sofa. Without a coffee table the room is left feeling a little empty and unfinished.
There are so many different types and styles of coffee tables to choose from, it's important to know what size will work best in your space. If your coffee table is too large, too small, too high or too low, it will appear out of proportion to the rest of the elements within the space. In order to achieve an optimum level of comfort and cohesiveness it's essential that your coffee table be the correct size.
Before selecting a coffee table refer to our tips below to help you find the right fit for your space.
Size & Scale:
Length: A coffee table should be approximately two-thirds the length of your sofa. In the case of placing two coffee tables side by side to create a feature, they should span no more than this length.
Height: The correct height for a coffee table is around the same height as the seat cushions on the sofa - approx. 45cm high.
Placement: There should be between 40 - 46cm of space between the coffee table and surrounding furniture to allow enough space to walk in between.
Scale: Scale is about the visual weight of an object and how appears in relation to the other items of furniture and the space surrounding it. Pay attention to the proportions of the coffee table, It should not look to large and heavy, or too small and dainty against the elements around it.
Think about the shape of your living room, this will help determine the best shape coffee table for the area. Is it long and narrow, square, large, small? A rectangular coffee table will best suit a long narrow space, while a round coffee table may be needed to fill a large square space.
If you have small children, a safer option would be round or oval shape. A curve can also helps to visually soften a space it allows the eye to rest and creates a contrast from all of the other linear or angled elements of an interior.
If required, a new coffee table can provide the perfect solution to additional storage needs. A coffee table with drawers can conceal remote controls, coasters, mobile phone chargers etc. and also house magazines, toys, games and general nick knacks which helps to keep the living area looking tidy. A perfect option for families.
Materials and Finishes
Again with so many to choose from the best way to decide on a finish is by choosing something that will work with the rest of the elements in the home. Consider the style of your interior and opt for a coffee table that is cohesive to the character of your home and that will work back well with your existing finishes. For example, If your home is quite rustic, introducing a timber table will work best. If you have quite a sophisticated, formal home, a glass table with brass frame could be a nice option.
If the finishes in your home are already quite dark, introduce something in a contrasting colour or finish to help 'lift' the space. For example, if you have dark flooring, avoid a heavy, dark coloured coffee table.
Below are 10 of our favourite on-trend coffee table types and styles.
Round Coffee TablesRound Coffee Tables.
Oval Coffee TablesOval Coffee Tables.
Square Coffee Tables
Rectangular Coffee TablesRectangular Coffee Tables.
Nesting TablesNest Tables.
Scandinavian Coffee Tables
Mid-Century Modern Coffee Tables
Industrial Style Coffee Tables
Hamptons Style Coffee Tables
Tailored Elegance Coffee Tables
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