We've all been there, in the furniture store, aimlessly wondering looking at furniture and trying to plan how to make it all work perfect. Finally, you found it, the coolest coffee table that you think will be perfect for your space. Then you get home... And...
It doesn't work.
Instantly disappointed, you feel defeated and still not loving your space.
Here my friend, are three tips to help you pick the perfect coffee table, for your room.
1.) SHAPE - The shape of your coffee table place a large role in finding the perfect one. It really depends on what else you have going on in your room.
So take a look around your room.
Do you have a lot of square boxy furniture? If so, you should consider a round or oval piece.
Does your room have more curves than straight lines? For example, chairs with curved backs, round end tables? Then going more square or rectangular might be the better choice for you.
And then, there is the oversized sectional which many people enjoy in their family room. If your sectional is perfectly even on each side, (in length) I suggest going with a square or round piece, it really balances the space well, then everyone has table in front of them to put down a drink etc.
However, if you sectional just has the little chaise lounge sticking off the end, and isn't perfectly symmetrical, then really you can do either of the shapes!
2.) SIZE - Figuring out the size of your coffee table, is really pretty simple. Don't let the size be under half the size of your sofa or over 3/4 the size of your sofa. Take a look at the illustrations above, it might help you understand what I am saying a little more. A whimpy little coffee table just makes a room sad and understated, while something too large does the exact opposite and they tend to hog up the space.
3.) MATERIAL - This is the fun one. You can really bring out your personality with coffee table. There are so many options these days, wood, metal, glass and fabric. Really think about the functionality of your room to make the appropriate choice. A room with lots of kids and pets is not the proper place for a glass table, something more sturdy is your choice.
Also, please, please, please I beg of you, do not try to match the wood on your furniture to another wood in your room. That is so, um, 1990's. Boxed set furniture is about as boring as your could be! Curate your look, mix it up. If you have a lot of wood, throw in a metal piece, or a painted wood piece.
Lastly, you can always have fun with fabric. Find a local upholstery shop and have them build an ottoman to your exact specifications that you need. You can really have fun with pattern and texture with this option. Also, if you have little ones, this is a great option, for no hard surfaces, while practicing those first wobbly steps.
Here are a few coffee tables that catch my eye and can get your wheels turning:
Campbell Coffee Table, Metal, 39" Dia X 17.5" H
Harlow Coffee Table, lacquered wood, 47.5Wx24Dx18H
Custom ottoman and room scene from CR Laine.
Marble Fret Table, 41"l x 41"w x 18"h