And let's not forget the comfort coffee tables can bring to a room. After a hard day at work or school, it's nice to be able to sink into a soft chair or sofa and prop your feet up. With a coffee table, you can do that. Just be careful not to knock over the accent items or the coffee table book! Maybe you can have a trunk style coffee table for just such foot propping. Coffee tables are an important part of a living room's or family room's decor. They offer style and can be quite functional. Consider the theme of your room before deciding on the coffee tables of your choice. If you want them to serve as storage units or hold reading lamps, coffee tables will fit the bill. When you give thought and consideration to this decision, your coffee tables will enhance the comfort level and style of your room.
Scaling your coffee table _ Scale is an important consideration these days, as larger living room furniture can dwarf older tables. When looking at coffee tables you want to look for one that won't look lost in the room, overshadowed by other furnishings. Conversely, you don't want one that takes over the room either. As you measure your room and furnishings, remember that the coffee table will be about 18" away from your sofa, love seats and chairs. It needs room to breathe and it needs room for you and your guests to move around it without it getting in the way. Most tables are 16" to 18" high, but some contemporary designs can be lower, so you want to factor that in if shopping for a modern style. Ideally, your table should be one to two inches lower than the height of the seat of your furniture. As far as length, it should be about two_thirds the length of your sofa. If you have an 8' sofa, for instance, your coffee table should be a little more than 5' in length. These are just general rules, however, as the exact scale is also determined by the size of the room and the location of the furniture.