The coffee table is the last piece of the living room puzzle. Picking the right one to fill the gap is not an easy task because the options seem endless -- drawers or no drawers? round wood with tapered legs? pedestal or four-legged base? metal base with a glass top? Here are some tips in selecting the perfect coffee table.
CONSIDER THE SPACE: The ideal distance from the edge of the sofa to the edge of the table is 18 inches -- close enough to reach for your drink or put a book down but far enough to stretch out your legs. Follow the same 18-inch rule, if you have other seats in the room that you want to reach the table. Pictured above is our Pipa Cocktail Table from the Oly Studio Collection.
LEAVE SOME ROOM: Leave at least 30 inches from the outer edge of the coffee table to the TV stand or media cabinet. If you have a narrow room, you can get away with 24 inches. Pictured above is our Swedish Rococo Coffee Table from the Maison Collection.
THINK HEIGHT: A coffee table's height is key. The top surface should be about 1-2 inches lower than your sofa seat. Standard tables are 16-18 inches high but if you have a higher sofa or entertain often, consider a taller table -- 20-21 inches -- so it is easy for guests to set down their cocktail or cut a piece of cheese. Pictured above is the Traditional Heirloom Cocktail Table from the Traditional Heirloom Collection.
BALANCE YOUR STYLE: Strike a balance between your sofa and coffee table styles. If you have a plush, solid color sofa, try a glass table on a leggy metal frame. If your couch is slim and more streamlined, you're fine with a chunkier table. Glass tables are less bulky than wood and easier to wipe down and also avoid covering up beautiful rugs. Wood brings warmth to a space and larger sizes work well in large rooms with high ceilings and lots of windows while long, narrow tables work well in rooms that don't fit that description. Pictured above is our Priscilla Coffee Table from the Cottage House Collection.
CHOOSE A KID-FRIENDLY TABLE: If you have kids, an oval or round table is a smart choice since sharp corners and little ones aren't a good match. Pictured above is our Drake Round Coffee Table from the Cottage House Collection.
CONSIDER STORAGE: Consider a table with a drawer if you want a "quick" spot to throw your remotes and magazine in before guests arrive. Pictured above is our Wellesley Square Coffee Table from the Cottage House Collection.