How to Choose the Right Size Coffee Table

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.)

Living room with coffee table from above

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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.

Coffee table between two couches

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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.

Smaller coffee table with loveseat

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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.

Two coffee tables nested together

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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.

Oversized coffee table with sectional

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The Seven Seas and Unsinkable coffee tables, our largest pieces, are nearly five feet by three feet, sizeable enough to make an impact in a large room.

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.

Megan Risdon

CEO EcoChic

Megan Risdon is the CEO of EcoChic Lifestyles. She was inspired to found the company when she discovered the possibilities for crafting art furniture from colorful fishing boat wood.