Published at Monday, April 15th 2019. by Joe Greene in Coffee Table.
First up: rules. While you can, of course, go with whatever shape and size you like, to have an ideal relationship between your coffee table and sofa, here are some general things to keep in mind: Your coffee table should be at least half the length of your sofa (but no more than roughly ⅔ the length) and should sit at about the same height as the seat, give or take 4 inches (i.e., if your sofa is 90-inches long and 20-inches tall, you should look for something, no matter the shape, that’s around 45 to 54 inches wide and 16 to 24 inches tall). However, if you have a sectional with a chaise, and your table is going within the open L-shape that sofa shape creates, that 1/2 to 2/3 guideline applies better to just the length of the horizontal seat, rather than the full length of the sofa. Here’s a quick graphic to show you what we mean, as well as a breakdown of ideal shapes by sofa configuration:
Style & Colour, There are many styles available from very modern, to traditional styles, look for something that complements the room and other furnishings, and a classic glass top will generally be quite safe for those who are unsure. In terms of material, timber works well if you have small timber elements in the rooms, it helps to tie the room together. If you have a large amount of timber already though it can become overwhelmingly 'matchy-matchy' easily if you select a matching coffee table, break it up with glass with timber legs, or a complimentary timber accessory on top of a poly or glass table. The modern polyurethane options are often suited to buying all one colour; they then form the background for the accessories such as the rug, flowers or prints in the room. If you want to create a beautiful arty display on top look for a simpler style that won't compete, if you are not so confident with creating bold displays, select more of a statement piece that can become the talking point, a bolder design will ensure your guests don't think you're boring.
The style, shape and size of the table should take into account how the room is decorated (or how you intend to decorate it). Some specialists recommend choosing the table first, searching for the one that we love and the one that best stimulates our imagination, then, depending on it to choose the rest of the furniture. When you're undecided and don't know what style or what colour you should choose for your living room, go to the section with round coffee tables, choose one that you like the best, this may then give you inspiration for the design of the rest of the room. Got your eye on a low and white table? You are likely to have a contemporary minimalist style. You like a massive carved, black wood table? Think of classic styling, which may be more to your taste. And examples could continue. The fact is that you can choose the table first, then build around it.
Function, The way you use your coffee table is a key factor, if yours tends to double as a dining table for yourself or children, look for an easy to clean surface such as glass or poly, if you are intending on housing your DVD collection in your coffee table you will need to look for something with storage. If you have young children who may be crawling, or climbing on furniture, you may like to consider something with round edges, which does not necessarily limit you to round designs; many rectangle tables will have a softer curved edge.
You can find distinct coffee tables in sets or as individual pieces. They should always match and compliment your other home furnishings. All the decor in your home should follow a single style. This keeps a solid flow throughout your home. If you are going for a more traditional style in your home décor, unique coffee tables made of rich, dark wood are what you want to consider. If you want a more trendy, contemporary style for your home then you would want coffee tables made of different metals or glass.
Wooden Coffee Tables Wooden coffee tables are a timeless and beautiful choice, and unlike many materials they can actually improve with age. An oak coffee table will look as good in a few years as it does now, as long as it is properly cared for. Coffee tables can be made from a range of woods, from pine through to walnut. MDF- The Modern Alternative, Modern furniture is frequently constructed from MDF (medium density fiberboard) which is strong and easy to maintain whilst also being able to be manipulated into almost any shape. The beauty of real wood by contrast however is that it can be repaired and restored whereas MDF cannot be.
Many people with small children prefer a round coffee table as they consider the lack of sharp corners a safer option and less likely to cause accidents. Round tables can be difficult to fit into smaller rooms and can take up more floor space than other shapes. They can be very social however and are a good choice if you regularly sit around playing cards or board games.
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