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What size should a coffee table be?

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What size should a coffee table be?

When it comes to picking out a coffee table for your home there’s many things to consider. To make sure you choose the right size, consider the following questions:

  • What is the average size of a coffee table?
  • What is the average height of a coffee table?
  • How wide should a coffee table be?
  • How to choose a coffee table size
  • How much space do you need around a coffee table?
  • How many inches should the coffee table be from the couch?
  • Where to put your coffee table
  • Sofa to coffee table proportion
  • Should a coffee table be the same height as a sofa?
  • Best size coffee table for sectional sofa
  • Coffee table size for L-shaped couch
  • Coffee table size for loveseat
  • How to choose the shape of your coffee table
  • When to use a round coffee table
  • Coffee table square sizes
  • Best coffee table for small living rooms
  • Coffee table to rug size

Wiltshire coffee table

What is the average size of a coffee table?

While coffee table sizes differ from brand to brand, standard coffee table dimensions tend to follow similar width and height ranges.

What is the average height of a coffee table?

Standard coffee table heights typically range from 16-18”, or 40-46cm. But don’t just opt for these heights blindly! Make sure it ties in well with the height of your sofa.

How wide should a coffee table be?

When looking at the size of your coffee table, the average width tends to fall between 18-24”, or 46-61cm. The width that you end up choosing ultimately depends on the space that you have available, and its proximity to other pieces of furniture, such as your sofa or tv unit.

How to choose a coffee table size

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So you’ve got the average sizes in mind, but how do you actually choose a coffee table size? Firstly, you’ll need to weigh up your specific needs. The following reflections will all have a bearing on the size of the table.

  • Do you need a deeper piece with enough storage space for remotes, consoles, and other items? Then you’ll need a larger piece with ample drawers and available shelving.
  • Will it double up as a large surface for food platters when entertaining? You’ll want to search for a table with a large top. You can always opt for a slimmer silhouette with minimal storage to reduce the visual weight.
  • Or is it simply somewhere to rest your coffee or glass of wine when you’re unwinding? Take a look at something smaller so that it doesn’t dominate your space.

Next, it’s time to measure up! One of the most important factors when choosing your coffee table is the amount of space you need around it, and the proportion of the piece to your existing furniture. Avoid an interior design faux pas, and ensure ultimate sizing practicality with the following spacing tips.

How much space do you need around the coffee table?

Around the coffee table itself, you’ll want to leave at least 24 inches (61cm) before another piece of furniture, to allow for easy maneuvering in the space.

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How many inches should the coffee table be from the couch?

When measuring up the distance from your couch to a coffee table, you should leave a minimum of 12 inches of space (30cm).

Where to put your coffee table

With the above proportions in mind, it’s worth thinking about how you’ll work your coffee table in with your existing furniture. We recommend mapping out the space with tape or cardboard on the floor so that you can make sure your desired placement leaves the 24 inches (61cm) of walkway required. You may even want to get inventive with your existing layout!

Sofa to coffee table proportion

Hove Coffee Table

Spacing isn’t the only thing you’ve got to take into consideration when it comes to your coffee table size. Proportion is just as important. How big should a coffee table be compared to a sofa, for example?

Should a coffee table be the same height as a sofa?

When it comes to your coffee table height, scaling the piece to your sofa is crucial. You should be looking at a coffee table that sits between 1 or 2 inches (2.5-5cm) below the seat of the sofa. You absolutely shouldn’t choose anything that sits more than 4 inches (10cm) shorter or higher than this. Anything outside of this range will look odd, and be impractical when trying to drink your coffee!

Best size coffee table for sectional sofa

No matter the style of your sofa, your coffee table should be at least half the length of your sofa. When it comes to a sectional sofa, think about how this will be positioned. Measure up against the longest available side of the sofa, and think about the shape that would fit best in this spot.

Coffee table size for L-shaped couch

The same premise applies here with sizing - there’s nothing worse than a clunky coffee table that is too long for the space! When you’re working with an L-shaped couch, or a sofa with a chaise, your best bet is to tuck the table into the L for a tidy and cohesive look. When you’ve chosen the perfect length for the longer side, make sure that the width sits in cleanly with the shorter.

Coffee table size for loveseat

When working with a loveseat, you’ll not only want to take into consideration the style of the piece, but also its shorter dimensions. Make sure to opt for a coffee table that sits on the smaller side!

How to choose the shape of your coffee table

Choosing the shape of your coffee table primarily comes down to your own personal tastes. There are a few things to consider, however, when it comes to spacing.

When to use a round coffee table

Circular coffee tables are a great option for some L-shape sectional, chaise or U-shaped sofas. They’re easy to maneuver around and work great for families with small children, given the rounded edges.

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Coffee table square sizes

Square and rectangular shapes are a foolproof option when it comes to coffee tables. Creating a sense of symmetry with edgier sofas, or a beautiful contrast to their less defined counterparts, they’re the perfect fit for any design scheme. Choose from various more traditional styles, to more contemporary silhouettes, such as those with metal accents.

Best coffee table for small living rooms

When you’re working with a smaller space, it can be difficult to know just how to squeeze in a coffee table. Opt for something with less visual weight, for example with limited storage but thin legs, to create the illusion of space. If square footing is the issue, why not opt for a nest of tables that can double up as a coffee table, or be pushed to one side when it’s not in use?

St Ives Nest of Tables

Coffee table to rug size

There are several options when it comes to optimal rug sizes. The biggest mistake to avoid is choosing a rug that’s too small for your space. Your rug should at least stretch past the four corners of your coffee table - yet ideally it would blanket the floor space under all of the furniture in that space. Try to find a piece that sits at least 6 inches (15cm) past the legs of your sofas and chairs for the optimal space-creating look.

You should now be ready to choose the perfect coffee table for your home! Find out more about how to measure up your living room before purchasing, or head straight over to our coffee table ranges to get browsing.


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