How far should a couch be from a coffee table?
When it comes to furnishing a living room, the answer to this question varies depending on a range of factors. Whether you want to keep it casual for movie night with your family or spruce up the room for a party, the couch must be properly balanced in relation to other pieces of furniture and décor.
Sizing up the space
Before deciding the optimal distance for your couch and coffee table, take into consideration the size of the two pieces of furniture and the size of the room. The couch must be large enough to hold how many people you plan to use it and the table should be an appropriate size to complement the couch.
Balancing the design
Once you’ve got the right size couch and coffee table, the next step is to determine the right distance between them. The goal is to achieve a balanced and aesthetically pleasing design.
The following are some key guidelines to follow:
- Leaving ample room to walk: Place your couch and coffee table far enough apart to still leave enough room to move around and between them comfortably. Don’t forget to factor in any other furniture in the room, like a side table or side chair, that you may need to traverse between as well.
- Maintaining reachable armrests: When seated on the couch, there should be ample space for a person’s arms to rest comfortably on the armrests. You should always leave a gap between the couch and coffee table large enough so that a person’s arms can comfortably rest on the armrest while they reach for the coffee table to place or retrieve an item.
- Discovering the right height: Aim for the coffee table to be level with the sofa’s armrests. The best height usually corresponds to the height of the sofa’s armrests. This will allow for easy access to the coffee table without having to stretch or strain to reach for items.
Once you’ve taken into account the size of the room, the size of the furniture, and the design considerations, you should have a better idea of how far the couch should be from the coffee table. By following the guidelines above and keeping your space balanced, you should be able to create a comfortable, inviting living space that maximizes the potential of the design.