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Coffee Tables

Used for setting drinks, stashing magazines, placing TV remotes and resting your feet, coffee tables have become a must-have living room staple. Their central placement means that they easily become the focal point in your living room and therefore should complement your space well. With size, shape and style to consider, finding the right coffee table for your home can feel overwhelming. But never fear, the following tips should make selecting your coffee table lovely and simple:

What size and height should my coffee table be?


As a rule of thumb you should leave a 2-3 foot gap between the edge of your coffee table and the surrounding furniture. This will leave plenty of room for people to walk around the coffee table without bumping their shins. Generally you want your coffee table to be around half to two thirds of the length of your sofa and should be roughly the same height as your sofa cushions.

What shape coffee table should I buy?


When it comes to selecting the shape of your coffee table you will need to consider both the shape of the room and your seating arrangement. Here are more details on square, rectangle and round coffee tables to help you make your choice:

  • Round Coffee Table

    Round coffee tables work well for large seating arrangements as they promote circulation and can soften up a room with harsh lines. Both round coffee tables and oval coffee tables are excellent options for families with children because of the absence of sharp edges.

  • Square Coffee Table

    Square coffee tables are quite versatile, they work nicely with large seating arrangements but would also suit a small seating arrangement in a corner of a living room.

  • Rectangle Coffee Table

    Rectangle coffee tables are the most popular shape and tend to work best in smaller rooms or when placed in front of a long sofa or window. Oval coffee tables achieve a similar look and might be interesting alternative.

What style coffee table should I buy?


This comes down to the material you prefer, the decor of your living room and your personal preference. Here are handful of some of the most popular styles for you to consider:

  • Glass Coffee Table

    Glass coffee tables are wonderful modern choice. They are a godsend for small spaces as they keep the room feeling open and don’t obstruct the light. They are also ideal if you have a rug that you don’t want to block the view of.

  • Oak Coffee Table

    Oak coffee tables come in a variety of different styles from traditional to contemporary. Oak is hard wearing, easy to maintain, and scratch and stain resistant making them a practical option for families.

  • Marble Coffee Table

    Marble coffee tables are an elegant and timeless option. They are versatile and look just as beautiful with modern interiors as traditional ones.

  • White Coffee Table

    White coffee tables are a modern and chic choice. They will go with almost any decor and are excellent for creating the illusion of space.

  • Black Coffee Table

    Black coffee tables are an ideal choice for modern interiors. Their versatility means that they can be incorporated into almost any interior and will still match the colour palette, but can also be used to create contrast in a room.

Once you’ve decided the size, shape and style of your coffee table, you can begin browsing our incredible selection. Regardless of whether you’re looking for an modern, white, oak, or glass coffee table, Houzz is sure to have the ideal coffee table for your home.
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