Darleen Chandler. Coffee Table. February 06th , 2018.
Another function of the small coffee table can be added storage. Some tables have a drawer or two, which can hold games, magazines or remote controls. Other tables have a shelf at the bottom between the legs, which can hold books. The top of a small coffee table can be the perfect place to display special family pieces such as clocks and photographs. In addition to being functional, small coffee tables can help make a room feel more polished.
Size is Important. You should be able to pick up and set down a cup without excessive bending or stretching. The average occasional table stands around 16-20 inches high. Then you have the length to think about. A table the full length of a sofa would be too long - about 50 - 60% of the sofa length works well. Round, square or oval it’s really up to your personal preference, but if you want to be controversial, you can do a lot with angles and curves, and there is no reason why they cannot be combined. So lose the idea that your table must be rectangular, round or oval.
Scale & Size: Firstly, the scale of the table is probably the most important factor, the table will anchor the room, and if it’s too big or too small, then the proportions of the room could be thrown off. The space where the coffee table is going will largely dictate the size, if it is to run between a sofa or chaise and the television on the opposite wall (or between 2 sofas facing) then a rectangular coffee table will complement the space, if there is a square space between a set of sofa’s such as a 2+3 or a corner lounge, then you could go for square, round or oversized rectangle. If you consider it should be just within reach of the main seats, it is likely to consume a decent amount of floorspace, a general rule is, it should be up to two thirds of the sofa in length, and sit at roughly the same height as the seats (with variations achieving different looks, i.e. very low will create a modern, minimalist feel).
You also need to consider the cost of any piece that you plan to purchase. It is often a good idea to set a maximum budget before you begin your search. This should prevent you from even considering purchases that you may later regret. Coffee tables can be bought as cheaply as twenty dollars, however they can also cost in the thousands. It is a good idea to have an idea of your budget so that you do not fall in love with a table that is far out of your reach.
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