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How To Choose a Coffee Table for Your Space

by Paige Pesko

Coffee table with a cup of coffee

Since you spend so much time in your living room, all the furniture needs to work in concert with each other to create a relaxing and inviting environment. A coffee table can be a great addition to any space, serving as the centerpiece of conversation while also offering additional storage and an opportunity to express your creativity. Here is how to choose a coffee table for your space.

Size of the Table

You want to make sure that the coffee table goes well with the seating already in the room. The first thing that you want to consider is the height of your couches. Ideally, you want to select a table that is an inch or two shorter than the cushions you will be relaxing in. Also, concerning the length of your sofa, you’ll want to select a coffee table that is roughly two-thirds the width of the couch. While these are only general suggestions, it should give you a good idea of common standards.

Shape of the Table

The shape of the table you choose can also vary. Coffee tables come in all different shapes to match any decoration style. The most common for these types of tables are rectangles, circles, and squares, but there are other options available. As a suggestion, rectangular and oval tables are most appropriate for more intimate rooms. Square and round tables typically go better in layouts with more space.

Material the Table Is Made Of

Finally, consider the material that you would like for your coffee table. There are many available options to suit any style and budget. While wood, glass, and metal are the most common, other options are coming into fashion, including marble and acrylic. Some manufacturers are also incorporating leather into their designs. One factor to keep in mind when selecting the material is if there will be any young children around. Coffee tables with sharp corners or unyielding surfaces are much less forgiving if a child falls into them, and liquid spills are much more likely with little ones around.

Stop into the Great American Home Store today for more advice on how to choose a coffee table for your space. We have one of the largest selections of living room furniture in Memphis, TN.