Choosing a coffee table can be daunting when there are so many styles, colors, and sizes to choose from. A coffee table is a key part of your overall floor plan, and you want to make sure that it looks striking but also that it feels right in your space.
Here are some suggestions for finding a coffee table that’s just the right size to work best with your layout. (Of course, we recommend our reclaimed wood coffee tables, but these guidelines will work for any style.)
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Assess Your Space
Look at the size and shape of your seating area. Do you have a sectional or two sofas and some chairs? Is your seating area square or rectangular? What is the overall distance between the seats? You want your coffee table to be within reach but not so close that it impedes the flow through the space.
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Tape It Out on the Floor with Masking Tape
Taping out the space on the floor will help you to see what size of coffee table works best visually. You will want at least 16 to 20 inches of space between the edge of the seat and the edge of the coffee table. The coffee table should span two-thirds of the length of your sofa — smaller than that will feel awkward and larger will make the space too cluttered.
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Think About Placement
When you center your coffee table with the largest piece of furniture in the seating area, the grouping will feel more formal and finished. If you have a sectional, center the coffee table to the longest piece. If you have a pair of chairs or other seating that isn’t in reach of the coffee table, consider an end table between them or on the side so those seats have a place to set something down.
Sometimes Oversized Is Good
If you have a large space, maximize it with a huge coffee table or group two together as nesting tables that expand. This approach gives you the option to make the overall surface larger or smaller depending on your needs.
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The most important thing to remember is to keep the coffee table proportional to your furniture and to the amount of space you have in the room. This will make sure the room feels polished and professionally decorated. EcoChic offers a number of reclaimed wood coffee tables in various sizes, so you should have no trouble finding one that fits your space perfectly.