Which coffee table suits your sofa

Which coffee table suits your sofa

For many rooms, a sofa set complemented by a coffee table serves as the focal point of the space. However, choosing the perfect coffee table to go with your sofa can be a daunting task, given the plethora of options available in the market.

In this blog, we’ll talk about some key principles that will help you make the right choice. Let’s get right to it.

Table of Contents

  1. Coffee table size: big or small?
  2. Is the coffee table higher or lower than the sofa?
  3. Round or square coffee table?
  4. The right material: rustic or elegant?
  5. Striking or simple coffee table?
  6. What to do if there is not enough space?
  7. Conclusion

Coffee table size: big or small?

Many people face confusion when it comes to the size of the coffee table. Keep in mind that the right size depends on the space available. If you have a large living room, you are a bit more free in your choice of table – naturally, you’ll select a large coffee table for a large room because a small one might drown in the room. On the other hand, if you have a small room, a smaller table is good for you. Larger pieces will reduce the space and restrict ease of movement. 

Apart from the space, the size of the sofa itself is also worth considering before you choose a coffee table. For a larger seating arrangement, you can go for a slightly larger model of coffee table. However, if you are working with a two-seater, for example, a smaller coffee table would look better and create a harmonious visual relationship. The ideal table is about a third to half of the total length of the couch. Moreover, to be able to comfortably reach the table from the sofa, leave approximately 45 cm of distance between the pieces of furniture. 

Is the coffee table higher or lower than the sofa?

It’s best to use your sofa as a guide when it comes to choosing the height of your coffee table. The ideal coffee table is of the same height as the sofa seat itself to ensure perfect alignment and visual appeal. Moreover, the height of the coffee table, for some homeowners, also depends on what they plan to do with the table. 

If the table is only intended to be used as an additional space to hold things and drink coffee, a lower height is sufficient. However, if you plan on using the table for work or to eat on it, you might prefer a table that is a little higher. If you have different purposes in mind, you can also go with a table with adjustable height. As a rule of thumb, we recommend a coffee table to be 30 to 50 cm high

Round or square coffee table?

As with the height, the shape of the coffee table should also fall in line with the surrounding sofas. Basically, you have a few choices when it comes to the shape of the coffee table – rectangular, square, triangular, round, and oval. Rectangular coffee tables go well with elongated and large L-shaped sofas. Square tables also work with long couches, but if you are not a fan of square tables, oval tables are also a good choice. 

For U-shaped landscapes, you can go for quadratic and round models, and for smaller sofas, round and triangular coffee tables are ideal. If you have two sofas adjoined, you can also get a triangular coffee table to make your living room look exquisite. Families with smaller children prefer round and oval designs because the risk of injury is lower with round tables than square tables.

The right material: rustic or elegant?

Coffee tables come in a wide range of materials – wood, metal, high gloss, stone, and glass. There is something for every taste. When it comes to coffee tables, the properties of different materials play an important role. Arguably, glass, wood, and metal are among the most popular coffee table materials. 

Coffee tables made of glass look light and elegant and make the room seem comfy and spacious. On the other hand, wooden coffee tables are robust and sturdy and look natural, depending on the color and finish. Metal coffee tables are very stable, strong, and easy to maintain. They bring an industrial flair to modern living rooms and provide a timeless appeal.

Striking or simple coffee table?

Whether you want a striking coffee table or a simple one depends entirely on your taste and preferences and what will look best with the sofas and the rest of the living room style. For instance, lighter colors are ideal for Scandinavian-style rooms and dark wooden tables look best in country-style living rooms.

You can also create a break-in style with different colors and shapes combined. Of course, material gives you limited options. But it’s not new that designers have utilized two or more materials to create something unique. For instance, a glass table does not always mean transparent glass. If you have your own vision for a coffee table, you can also get it custom-designed. 

What to do if there is not enough space?

Now, moving on to the most common problem homeowners face when designing their living room: What to do when there’s not enough space? Well, smaller rooms make it difficult. It’s important to consider what really needs to be in the room and what you can move around or get rid of. Many people do not buy a coffee table in order to save space, but the fact is that you can have as much space as you want with a coffee table still in the room. 

Here are two ways to do that:

  • Enlarge your room visually: While you cannot make extra space through construction, you can make it visually. First and foremost, you want to avoid large coffee tables and look for something smaller to get freedom and ease of movement. Round and oval coffee tables made of transparent glass have the effect of being light and relaxed from a visual point of view. These tables also let the brightness spread in the room, which makes the room look larger.
  • Create additional storage space: if you have stuff you simply cannot get rid of, you can get coffee tables with additional storage space in the form of drawers or a second level. That way, you will be able to use the space for a coffee table and still fulfill your storage needs. 
  • Conclusion

    In conclusion, choosing a coffee table that suits your sofa requires consideration of a few factors, including height, space, size, material shape, color, and the size of the room. By carefully following this guide and making your selections attentively, you can get yourself a coffee table that accompanies your sofa amicably and becomes a focal point of your living room for the long term. If you need expert advice, get in touch with Exohom or visit our New Arrivals – you might just find what you need.