There are so many coffee tables to choose from, so to help we have come up with a few tips that might help:
What style coffee table will be best for my room?
If you love to entertain, you may want a coffee table in a circular or elliptical shape to encourage guests to gather around. If you want to create a central focal point to your living room layout, a glass coffee table could be a neutral and space-enhancing choice. An oak coffee table could complement the warmth of many traditional living rooms, while a white coffee table can look sleek and elegant in modern living rooms.
What size should my coffee table be?
Proportion is key to unifying your coffee table to the rest of the room’s décor. If you’re shopping for a classic rectangular coffee table, this should ideally measure no more than two-thirds the sofa’s total length and allow two to three feet between it and the surrounding furniture to avoid knocked shins and stubbed toes. In general, the height that’s approximately the same as the sofa’s cushions will create a comfortable reach. If your space is tight, you may want to consider a round coffee table. Without sharp edges, they’re easier to walk around if the surrounding furniture is closer than usual.
What material works best for coffee tables?
These furniture pieces tend to get a lot of use, so good quality should definitely be a standard when you’re comparing different options. A solid wood table such as an oak or walnut coffee table is a classic choice: durable and versatile, they can withstand the wear-and-tear of daily use. Glass or acrylic might be pricier, but are long-lasting and timeless. For particularly budget-friendly options, treated wicker, reed and bamboo coffee tables are sturdy materials that come with an affordable price tag.
For information on furniture standards in the United Kingdom please refer to the Association for British Furniture Manufacturers website.