6 criteria for selecting a coffee table
Choosing the right coffee table for a living room can sometimes become a real puzzle.
Selecting this furniture is not something that should be taken lightly, since a bad choice
will have consequences on the layout of your decor. The coffee table must integrate
various parameters to blend perfectly into the living room and to create harmony.
Between the round, square, rectangular, wooden, glass and other models…it’s really hard
to figure out which one is the best for your house. However, the following few parameters
can help you find the ideal coffee table for your living room.
1- The main uses
what functions do you expect from your coffee table?
A- Do you need additional storage space? : In that case, you should opt for a low table
model which offers one or more storage possibilities. For example, there are low chests
or low tables that possess a second tray below the main one or that have extra drawers
or even storage lockers.
B- Will it be your main table that will serve as a dining table, as well ? : If this is the
case, you should look for a functional coffee table that offers both a practical shape
and dimensions that allow you to move around it easily and have access to each of
its corners without having to move the whole way round.
C- Do you plan to receive regular guests for the aperitif ? : In that case, it may be
necessary to choose a coffee table with generous dimensions, in order to be able
to present your guests with a buffet and some drinks, as well as to be able to
provide a seat to your guests all around it, so that everyone has access to it.
Alternatively, you could think of buying a side coffee table that will not take up
so much of your space.
D- Is the aesthetics your main concern ? : If the aesthetics of your living room matters
a lot to you, then you should choose a coffee table that is in total harmony with the
style of your living room. You should also, have in mind that your coffee table will be
the central element of your room.
2- The space dedicated to the coffee table
Before you make your final decision concerning the coffee table, think about the
other elements you will place around it: a corner sofa or armchairs. If you don’t pay
attention to those elements, you will of course, have a nice living room, but it would
really be a shame to crack on a superb coffee table and no longer have the freedom
to move around. So, consider the available space and be careful not to interfere
with the passage.
Two golden rules
- Keep a free space of 12 to 18 inches between the coffee table and the sofa.
- Leave a free space of 24 to 30 inches between the coffee table and the television stand.