Coffee tables are the centerpiece of your living or family room. They used as a gathering place for meeting, eating, playing and relaxing. The coffee table that you end up choosing for your room will depend on a number of factors but, before we can talk about how to go about selecting the type of table you’ll need, let’s start with the most important step: measuring your space.
How to Measure for a Coffee Table
Measuring for your coffee table is the most important aspect of selecting the right one to fit your space. In fact, this is the first thing that you should do.
In order to measure correctly, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Height: When measuring for height, measure from the top of the sofa or seat cushion to the floor. Your coffee table should be about level with the seat height of your sofa. For a more modern look, selecting a table that is about 2 – 3 inches lower than the seat height can make a very sleek impression.
Length: To find the ideal length, measure the length of your sofa, then multiply by 2/3. Your coffee table should not be longer than 2/3 the length of your sofa or seating arrangement.
Depth: Deciding on the right depth is a debatable subject and depends on the scale of your furniture. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is to always make sure that you have at least 15-18 inches of space between your seating and the table while keeping the look balanced.
Coffee Table Functionality
Now it’s time to think about how your coffee table will be used, here are a few things to consider:
How much traffic will the room get?
Considering how much and what type of traffic the room that you are placing the table in will help determine what kind of material to use for your coffee table. For instance, a family room that gets lots of use would benefit best from a sturdy table with a solid top that can be easily cleaned and made of a kid safe material like wood or resin.
How does the table compare to the size of the room?
Another factor to keep in mind is how the coffee table relates to the size of the room. If you are trying to make a small room appear larger, a clear coffee table made of plastic, glass or resin can open up the space and create a light, airy feel.
Or, maybe you are trying to anchor a seating arrangement in a larger room. In this case, a large, dark wood coffee table can create a cozy, well defined area that doesn’t feel misplaced.
How will you be using the table?
Some people eat at their coffee table, if you plan on doing so, glass might not be your best option as crumbs from food can get caught were the glass meets other materials. Again, other people use their coffee tables as a place to put their feet and a cushioned or leather clad table top might be a better option than a hard surface.
Coffee tables come in a variety of sizes, shapes, materials and finishes that can meet any need and budget. Selecting the right coffee table for your needs is a personal choice that encompasses a number of factors. By following the above guidelines, you too can select the perfect coffee table for your home.