where does a coffee table go

Where Does a Coffee Table Go?

Coffee tables are a great addition to any living space and provide for convenient storage and a decorative landing area for your favorite books or magazines. But with all the furniture pieces in your living area, you may wonder: where does it go? This article will provide some helpful tips on how to properly place a coffee table in your living area.

Step 1: Find a Focal Point

Start by identifying the focal point in your living space. This could be a wall art display, a fireplace, or even a TV. Place your coffee table so that it’s near this focal point and close enough to easily access snacks and drinks when you have friends over.

Step 2: Choose a Size

It can be tricky to choose a coffee table size, as you don’t want to overwhelm your room with a large table, or make your space look cluttered with a small one. Determine the size according to the size of your room and the size of the sofa you are using. The following are some general guidelines to help:

  • Small spaces: Choose a small coffee table that’s no wider than two-thirds of the sofa width.
  • Medium-size spaces: Choose a medium-sized table that is about the same width as the sofa.
  • Large spaces: Choose a large coffee table that is half the width of the sofa.

Step 3: Select a Shape

Now that you have selected a size, it is time to choose a shape that best suits your space. Rectangular, round and oval tables are common shapes. Be sure to chose a table that will allow easy access to snacks, drinks, books and magazines. Additionally, be sure that the table is not too wide to reach over the sofa.

Step 4: Create Balance

Be sure to create a balanced look in your space. If you have a shorter sofa, choose a shorter but wider table; if you have a taller sofa, go for a thinner but taller coffee table. You may even want to consider a square table for a more balanced look.


Following these steps should guarantee that your coffee table fits perfectly in your living space and adds to the overall aesthetic of your room. Don’t forget to pay attention to height and size and use a few accessories to create a balanced and inviting look.

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