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Key Considerations When Buying a New Coffee Table for Your Living Room
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From studio apartments to expansive mansions, duplexes to country homes, living rooms far and wide prominently feature one must-have: the coffee table. While its ubiquitousness makes getting your hands on one a no-brainer, making a final purchase decision can be a challenge. With the bevy of styles out there, how do you know which type(s) are best for you and your space? From square wooden tables with chunky legs to freeform metallic frames adorned with sleek glass tops, the options are endless — and at times, overwhelming.

Whether you’re furnishing a living room with all new furniture or are looking to upgrade just a few items, we’ve put together this guide to help you determine what considerations you should take into account when trying to find the perfect coffee table.

Coffee Table Shape

Think about the best shape for the space of your living by considering the environment at large. Do you have children or pets in the room? Is it a fairly large space, or is it small and narrow? A round or oval coffee table is best if you have children or pets zooming around, as no sharp corner injuries will occur if one falls or bumps into it.

Opting for a rectangular shape and allowing 30 inches or so between the television and the coffee table will give you the perfect amount of room to walk between the two pieces. The textbook coffee table shape is rectangular, although many modern takes on this classic proportion have spawned an array of dynamic variations, such as multi-tiered surfaces, storage space, and more.

A rounded table will give you a little bit more room here, as each will curve away from the television. Additionally, if you frequently entertain guests in your living room, you may want to consider a circular or oval coffee table. These sorts of round furniture pieces tend to be better at gathering and accommodating groups of people.

Coffee Table Size

Sizing coffee tables depends on the size of your living room and the setup of your surrounding furniture. Consider the three basic rules of thumb:

  1. Choose a table that’s roughly the same height as your sofa cushions — or perhaps slightly shorter
  2. The table should measure no more than two-thirds of the sofa’s length
  3. Keep two feet of clearance around each side

While breaking out the tape measure can help you narrow down an idea of the basic size and shape of what you think will work, don’t ignore your design impulses! If you are tall or plan to spend more time standing than sitting around your living space’s coffee table, feel free to spring for a few extra inches in height. Conversely, if you want to create a down-to-earth feel, think about an even lower setting that caters to people seated on the couch and the floor.

Functionality Considerations

Choosing a coffee table goes beyond shape and size; another crucial factor is to understand what its primary purpose will be. Are you looking to store magazines, remotes, coasters, and more within it, or do you prioritize aesthetics and want it to serve a more decorative purpose? Regardless of whether storage is top-of-mind, you’ll want to be able to place a drink or plate down without the risk of having it be tipped over! So, pick a piece that holds these things with ease. If decor is more the purpose, consider focusing on one with lines and texture in a material that’s sure to impress.

Small Groupings

Who says there only needs to be one table? A collection of them may adorn your space perfectly! Consider the modifiable wonder of smaller, identical coffee tables instead of a single large one. Not only can they be rearranged to serve as side tables, but they look stellar alongside each other. Coffee table sets create a unified look for your living or family room. Nesting coffee tables look great as well but save space when needed.

Looking to blend form and function with pieces of furniture that are sure to elevate your living room? The search is over! If you’re buying a coffee table, look no further than Sweet Dreams Bedding & Furniture. We have a vast selection of discount living room furniture that lets you reinvigorate your home with ease. For more information about our wide selection of coffee and occasional tables for sale in Bucks County, PA, including 3-piece glass top coffee table sets, get in touch with our team today!