Published at Thursday, August 01st 2019, 03:38:04 AM. Coffee Table. By Fredda Ostermann.
Selecting a 'coffee table' for your 'special' living room appears like an uncomplicated enough task when you first believe about it.
You walk into a store you like, place your special piece, and move home with it (or have it delivered), however upon further 'thought', there are many more resolves in choosing the 'right coffee table' than encounters the eye.
First, it need to be the right size‐both heightwise and in terms of length and width. It require to be the right scale and proportion to the space and require to work with all your existing furniture.
The material require to fit with your lifestyle and work well in the room. It even require to suit the require of your family, whether this means that it has to be kid‐friendly or have enough storage for TV remotes and other miscellaneous items.
After you've replied all these inquiries could you really begin discovering the perfect coffee table for you and your area. And how do you 'select' a coffee table from start to finish? We silhouetted five rules to follow before committing to a coffee table you'll love.
#1 BE MINDFUL OF THE HEIGHTThere's nothing more difficult than a coffee table that's too high or too low. To ensure you perceive cozy in your living space, opt for a coffee table that's the same height as the cushions on your sofa or one to 'two‐inches lower'. Any more and you risk the space looking and feeling just a little off.
#2 PAY ATTENTION TO THE PROPORTIONSSimilarly to finding a coffee table that has the right height, you should look for one that has the right length in relation to the width of your sofa. Specifically, your coffee table should be approximately two‐thirds the length of your sofa. So for a 96‐inch sofa, for instance, you should look for a coffee table that's 64 inches long.
#3 KNOW YOUR CLEARANCE RULESAfter you've figured out the height and length you're looking for, it's time to select the ideal shape of your coffee table. Frequently, selecting between a 'square', 'rectangle', 'round', or 'oval' coffee table 'boils‐down' to the length and clearance needed around it.
Traditionally, your coffee table should be 12 to 18 inches away from your sofa‐any more or less than that it will feel uncomfortably close or far.
Between your 'coffee table' and 'TV stand' or fireplace, you should compute at least '24‐inches' to '30‐inches' to leave enough room for spreading around the space.
To discover your perfect coffee table width, measure the 'length' between your sofa and TV stand and subtract '42‐inches'.
#4 STRIKE THE RIGHT BALANCEAnother 'handy rule' to follow when choosing a coffee table is it's "weightiness." In other words, it must complement the other furniture in the room to create the space perceive proportional and balanced.
What does this all mean? If your 'sofa' has 'high‐skinny legs', contemplate a table that's solid all the way to the ground or has shorter chunkier legs. On the other hand, if your sofa has no visible legs, select a coffee table that has higher skinnier legs. An interior designer once told me that when a room feels too "leggy," it doesn't feel as grounded‐and it's something that's never left me.
#5 CONSIDER YOUR OWN REQUIREOf course, when choosing the right coffee table for you or your family, you should contemplate your lifestyle. Do you require a piece with a lot of storage? Contemplate a storage piece. Are you one to play board games in the living room constantly? Make sure it's a comfortable piece to gather around.
Do you have a tendency to put your feet up on the coffee table when watching TV? Maybe an ottoman is a better option for you. As for coffee tables that are kid‐friendly, opt for a piece that has no sharp edges and isn't made of glass.
I've heard enough horror stories of kids breaking glass tops to know it's not a good idea.
#6 SELECT YOUR MATERIALS CAREFULLYLastly, before shopping for your perfect coffee table, pick a few materials that would work well with your lifestyle and your space.
Don't just default to wood‐there are so many options out there. Now that glass is out of the question for families with small children, think of other options that can work well for your lifestyle.
If you have a small space, a lucite coffee table can be a good option to not visually clutter the room. If you have hardwood floors in a mid‐tone color, attempt staying away from wood‐and pick something complementary like 'marble' or 'travertine'.
Think of whether you'd rather be able to move the piece easily or if you'd rather have it anchor the space permanently. These are all questions that could help you select the perfect coffee table.