A coffee table isn’t just a place to keep newspapers and remote controls. Instead, it forms the very heart of your living room. It defines the ambiance of the room and lends a definitive character to it. Coffee tables serve several purposes from completing a special look to your living room, to storage and display. But the question is which style will fit your living room? Should you go for a wood one with chunky legs, metallic with a glass on the top, should it be round or rectangular or any other shape? An ideal coffee table must strike a balance between functionality and aesthetics. At the same time, it must complement the general decor of the living room and blend in with other elements.
Below are some tips that will help you to choose the perfect coffee table for your living room.
Decide how much you want to spend for a coffee table,because the price range of a coffee table can be from ultra expensive to budget friendly. Your budget could be based on types of materials such as hardwood, metal, glass and size, shape and design of the table.
2) Size and distance:
Size and distance of a coffee table matters most while deciding a coffee table for your living room. A regular coffee table height is usually between 16 to 18 inches. This should put the table at about the same height as the top of the sofa seat and chair cushions. It should be not lower than 1-2 inches from the seat of the sofa. The ideal distance of a coffee table should be close enough so that you could reach out to put your drink, magazine from all angles. Also keep in mind that you leave some space for passerby, to reach out to TV stand.
While the shape of the room can play a role in choosing a coffee table, pay attention to your seating configuration more than anything else. If you have children at home a round or oval size coffee table is a smarter choice as it is safer for children if one falls or bumps into it. Also its useful for large gatherings. A rectangular share coffee table will allow some space between the TV and the coffee table to walk past.Rectaunglar or oval size coffee table is ideal for a smaller room.
4) Style and material:
Once you have zeroed in on a perfect size, focus on the material and style of the coffee table. Always your sofa and coffee table should strike a balance.Formal, informal,modern or vintage these are all styles to be considered when purchasing a coffee table. Coffee tables can be made using wood, chrome, plastic, glass, bamboo metal, and wood veneers. If you are looking for something stable and affordable, wood veneer would be an ideal choice. While wood brings warmth to a space, its heavy in nature so choose a narrow table which will not look bulky. You can try a metal coffee table if you have too much woods furniture in living room, so choose a glass table with a metal base cane be a nice complement.
The level of functionality your coffee table offers depends on how you want to use it. While most coffee tables have a flat surface supported on a base, there are plenty that offer additional features.