What Size Coffee Table Should You Choose?
Which Shape to Choose
Coffee tables come in various shapes, including:
Choose the shape of your coffee table based on the shape of your seating area. Rounded, oval, or rectangular coffee tables work best for seating in a circle, while square and rectangular coffee tables work best for seating in a rectangular shape.
Calculating the Ideal Size
Calculating the ideal size for your living room or family room’s coffee table is determined by two main factors: distance from the seating and proportionality in relation to your room’s size and furniture selection.
- Distance from the Seating: Choose a coffee table that is roughly the same height as the seat of your couch or chairs. It should be within easy reach of all your seating, but not so close that it becomes an obstacle while walking through the room. Ideally, the distance should be between 16-18 inches.
- Proportionality: Choose a coffee table that looks balanced with the other pieces in your room. The size should relate proportionally to the scale of your other furniture pieces and the size of the room. a large room can easily accommodate a coffee table that is equal to the width of the couch or larger, while in a small living room, you’ll want to opt for a smaller coffee table.
The type and size of your coffee table should be chosen with both practical and design considerations in mind. Consider the shape, distance from the seating and proportionality to the other furniture and the overall size of the room in order to find the perfect coffee table for your space!