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Wondering about what size coffee table you need to go with your couch or sectional?
Living Cozy has written a great article, interviewing 4 interior designers, including myself!
Here's a few tips:
How tall should a coffee table be? How should the height relate to other pieces of furniture?
In general, a coffee table should be 1- 2 inches shorter than the height of the sofa cushions. That allows us to have a more comfortable experience when setting down our coffee cup or wine glass (or for propping our feet up on the table). Most coffee tables are between 15” & 18” in height. End table heights do not have to match coffee table heights, in fact, as your arm must move up over the sofa arm, generally, they can be 4-6” higher than the coffee table, depending on the height of the chair arm.
What's the average width of a coffee table? How should the width relate to the sofas and other pieces of furniture?
The average width of a coffee table is 48 inches wide but it's important to remember that the coffee table width should never exceed sofa width, a rule of thumb is your coffee table should be 2/3rd the width of your sofa.
I have created a table showing some of the standard width sofas. It's important to note that once you have a sofa wider than 72 inches, using a round table is a little more difficult to accommodate seamlessly into the seating plan since it will likely be smaller than 2/3 of the overall sofa width.
How far from other pieces of furniture should your coffee table be?
Most coffee tables are between 18” and 24” deep.
16”-18” is the ideal distance between the edge of the seating and your coffee table, allowing for comfortable access to books, remotes drinks etc. distances smaller than this make it challenging to get in and out of your seating, while larger distances make it more inconvenient to reach the coffee table.
24 to 36 inches is the minimum comfortable distance that you need to circulate around your coffee table when there is no adjacent seating. 36 inches is a good distance for most people in both situations. However, in a small space 24 inches is acceptable but not necessarily comfortable.
I hope this helps! What size of shape of coffee table are you loving?
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