Sizing Up Your Coffee Table

On the hunt for a chic coffee table for your living room?  Choosing the right coffee table is important because it sits in the center of the room and it does a lot of work. It holds the food on game night, houses your magazines, books and we can’t forget the remote control. Well, before you make a purchase remember that scale really does matter when you’re selecting the right coffee table. According to the experts, the coffee table should be about one half to two thirds the length of your couch. What happens when you select a coffee table with the wrong dimensions?

 

When It’s Too Small

When a coffee table is too small for the length of the sofa and the size of the room it will look out of proportion. As a result, it will have limited function. It will be difficult for individuals sitting at the end of the sofa to reach the table. Also, a small surface means you likely won’t be able to fit a lot of things onto the table. A coffee table that is less than one half the width of your sofa will no doubt throw off the grouping balance.

 

When It’s Too Big

Contrary to popular belief bigger is not always better. No matter the aesthetic value of the coffee table when it’s longer than your sofa it competes with the other decorative elements in the room. An over-scaled coffee table takes up more room than necessary which interferes with the flow of traffic.

 

When It’s Just Right

A coffee table that is proportionate to the size of the living room and the couch is visually appealing and it provides the perfect balance.  An appropriately scaled table allows you to easily navigate the room, anchors the furniture grouping and is highly functional.

 

Multiple Seating Arrangements

What about if you have multiple seating arrangements in your living room? The solution may be to break up the scale by opting for two matching medium-sized coffee tables. Utilizing two coffee tables creates visual interest which allows your eyes to move about the room.