Three Keys to Buying Your Next Coffee Table

Coffee tables are more than just a place to rest a cup of joe, the right size, shape, and style can become the centerpiece of any room.

Coffee table in living room
A coffee table design can be as rustic, or as modern, as you like, as long as it fits well with the rest of your décor.Walker Edison Furniture Company

Choosing a coffee table for your living room seems like an easy enough task. That is, however, until you get to the store and realize you don’t have the information you need to pick the right one. You may know the style you want, the color, the material, etc., but there are other details that make a big difference in whether the table will work for your home. Thus, it’s important you think about these things ahead of time and know what to look for in a new coffee table.

Size

Convenience Concepts Oxford Coffee Table
Consider all measurements of your coffee table, not just the length, before you buy.Convenience Concepts

Oftentimes, people only take the length into consideration when it comes to shopping for a new coffee table. However, the width and the height are equally as important. You want your coffee table to be both function and comfortable to use, so getting one that is too low can cause issues. The same goes for one that is too high—it can render the coffee table almost useless. Decide what height will give you the best ease of use and look for a table with that height and the length you already know.

Space

Walker Edison Furniture Company Rustic Modern Farmhouse Metal and Wood Rectangle Accent Coffee Table
Your coffee table needs to match your already-existing decor as well as the space you’ve allocated for it.Walker Edison Furniture Company

If your home has a beach vibe to it, do you want to get an antique coffee table that doesn’t match at all? We didn’t think so. So, pick a coffee table that goes well with the decor you already have. However, know that matching the table to your existing decor means more than simply the style. It also means the size. Do you want your coffee table to be the center of attention? Then go with one that is bigger. Do you want your coffee table to blend in easily with the rest of the room? Then get one that is smaller.

Function

Signature Design by Ashley - Aldwin Farmhouse Storage Coffee Table, Brown Pine Wood
Coffee table function and your lifestyle should play a role in your decision-making.Signature Design by Ashley

What will you be using your coffee table for? If you have kids, your coffee table will likely look different than if you live alone. Will your coffee table double as a storage area? Or will it serve solely as a place to set some books for decoration? Do you plan to use it as a place to rest your feet when watching TV? These are all things to consider when buying your new coffee table.