A coffee table can add a touch of sophistication and allure to your living room and highlight its features. It can serve as an essential component, either blending in with the rest of the furniture to accomplish an understated look or making a statement when opting for a bolder design. Besides adding to the room’s character and charm, coffee tables serve several purposes. They provide storage space, a platform where items can be displayed or a place to put down your drinks. However, choosing the perfect coffee table is not easy. There are endless options to choose from. Finding one that will match the style of the room whilst also provide the functionality you are looking for can be tricky. Here are some tips that might steer you in the right direction.
Do want your coffee table to be a focal point in the living room and are not worried about functionality? Then your decision could be based solely on the visual impact the piece will produce in the room. In this case, choose one that will match the other furniture and the styling of the room.
If you need extra storage or would like to use your coffee table to place drinks and snacks, it might be worth considering one with drawers or shelves and with a surface that won’t get easily marked or scratched.
When trying to determine the best shape for your coffee table, you should ask yourself a few questions: Is the room large or small? Do you have children or pets? How many people will sit around the table? Although rectangular coffee tables are quite popular, they are not the only option.
Coffee tables come in many different shapes. A round or oval coffee table can be a better choice if you have children or pets simply because the absence of sharp corners is less likely to cause injury if someone bumps into it.
The size of the coffee table will depend on a number of factors, such as the size of the room and visual weight of the rest of the furniture. For instance, a small table combined with a heavy and larger than usual sofa will look bizarre and will do nothing to complement the décor.
Furniture pieces that are put together should be similar in size and visual weight. If the room is small, you might need to consider a small table. As a rough guide, the length of your coffee table should be about two-thirds the length of the sofa and its height should be slightly lower than the chairs or seating around it.
Your choice of style will depend on the overall décor of the room. You can select a piece that blends in or you can opt for a more adventurous look by choosing a piece that stands out. The factors you need to consider here are materials, shape, colour and size.
Try to visualise how it will all look in the room. Take measurements and photos before you go shopping.
At AALTO Exclusive Furniture, our team of in-house designers is always available to give you honest advice. We can help you choose the best coffee table for your living room, or we can design one especially for you. Come and talk to us. We will be delighted to help.