Coffee tables are incredibly practical pieces of furniture, they complete the overall look of your living space and double as a multi-functional storage solution. That’s why we’ve sourced the very best in material and design to bring you a rich and diverse collection to compliment every style and décor. Here are some important tips to ensure you choose the perfect coffee table to suit your space and needs.
Before you decide on a coffee table, think about how you’re planning on using your new furniture. Will you be using your Coffee table in a formal lounge? If so, you can indulge in more delicate materials such as glass and chrome; that look chic and will add light to your room. However, if your new coffee table is going in the family room then you might want to go for a sturdier wooden coffee table, perhaps in a beautiful oak finish that will not attract finger marks. If you have young children, look out for sharp edges, a trendy circular coffee table may be more suitable. Are you looking for a centrepiece? Large or full-length coffee tables make for stunning statement pieces, so take time to pick out the one that compliments your other living room furniture by paying close attention to style, colour and material. Or are you looking for a small understated coffee table that will not take centre-stage? Nesting tables are an ideal option if you’re working with a small room; they provide extra storage but take up very little floor space, perfect for the whole family or when you’re entertaining guests.
Coffee Table Sizes
Pick the size of your coffee table according to the size of your room to make sure everything flows together perfectly. Here are some helpful tips to consider: Keep about 18 inches between the coffee table and sofa, to allow easy movement. Look for a coffee table that’s a similar length to your sofa’s seating cushions, or a little bit shorter. Height wise, your coffee table should be shorter than your sofa, to avoid obstructing your view and again, making movement around the table and sofa easier. Smaller coffee tables, however, can be kept closer to your seating area and higher, so that you can rest your cup of tea close to hand. They’re also ideal as lamp tables or bedside companions.
Coffee Table Shapes
Go for an oval or rectangular coffee table in a smaller room as they are more streamlined shapes that can squeeze in to corners. However, if you have the luxury of space then indulge in a large square or round table that everyone can sit around. Out of all the shapes, round and oval coffee tables are the most child friendly as they don’t have sharp corners.
Coffee Tables with Storage
Coffee tables with drawers and shelves will maximise on storage capacity, this is especially helpful if you enjoy a clutter-free space. A square coffee table offers the ideal surface for playing board games which is especially handy over the summer and Christmas holidays. A large glass-topped table can double up as a dining space if you are having an informal menu or serving snacks and finger food. Why not throw some cushions around your coffee table for Moroccan style dining? Folding tray side tables are also handy if you’re entertaining – use the serving tray when the party is in full swing and when your guests are gone, just fold them up and tuck them away till your next shindig.
Living Room Furniture to Match Your Coffee Table
Once you’ve chosen your coffee table, complement it with a matching sideboard or dresser for even more storage, the top surface can also be used to display your favourite ornaments. If you need more display room, a display unit or glass cabinet will give you plenty of shelves to show off some of your most treasured memories, they’ll also add a splash of glamour to your room. If you love the look of solid wood, try matching your coffee table to a wooden TV unit. Our solid wood TV units are both stylish and durable. They come in classic and natural finishes like white, oak and dark pine wood, making it easier to match your unit with our other solid wood furniture collections. If you hate losing the remote and need somewhere to keep it, try a storage footstool. Practical in every way and stylish in every sense, our stunning range comes in fabric, leather effect, knitted and Moroccan – plenty of choice to suit every décor. The perfect partner to a coffee table and footstool is an armchair or two. Match your new footstool, with a beautiful armchair, choose from fabric or leather and drape a complimenting sofa throw over the back to snuggle up in. Add ornate mirrors above your fireplace to give your lounge a country manor feel. Check out our living room accessory ideas page for lots of tips on soft furnishings, lighting, furniture and everything you need to turn your living space into the haven of your dreams.