A coffee table is something that everyone should have on their living room. Some people buy sideboards, some people even buy nightstands and put them next to the couch, but none of them experience the comfort brought upon by a good coffee table, one that maximizes the use of space and also looks great.
Most people that know a thing or two about home design, or just care about how their house look will buy a coffee table. But sometimes they won’t do it the right way, and this can translate into a variety of issues, lack of mobility around the living room being the most common.
To buy the perfect coffee table you should take measures and set it around 20 inches from the sofa or chairs. This allows for good mobility and will help your living room traffic. If people are constantly tripping into your coffee table this can become uncomfortable, and things can end up breaking as well! (be careful with vases and glass objects).
You should also keep the coffee table about 1 or 2 inches lower than the seat of the couches or chair. If your seats are low you can also try and match both heights, which depending on your living room configuration can be more desirable. The main rule would be never to purchase a high coffee table.
Rectangular coffee tables (or cocktail tables) are good for both big and small spaces but round coffee tables will improve traffic around smaller spaces. Keep your coffee table medium size, no more than two-thirds the length of your couch. If you have a pair of matching chairs keep the coffee table between them small so it can become a centerpiece without issue.
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Think about the things you will be putting on your coffee table before purchasing one. Are you decorating it with sculptures? Pay no mind then. Are you putting flowers or plants on it? Don’t buy wood. Is your house a constant party hub? Try to get your hands on a marble coffee table. Common sense is important to avoid adding more work to the process of living in your own house.
A last tip, consider buying multiple coffee tables if you’re not happy with what you’re getting. You can get more than one piece in the center of your space to make the usage more flexible. Pick something you know you’ll love to use, not just love to see every day.