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.
3. What size should my table be? The size of the table should be proportional to the size of the sofa you're partnering it with. A table that is longer than or shorter than a sofa's length will do you no good neither does a table that is taller or shorter than the sofa coffee table. 4. Can I afford it? There are many styles, designs, and material that are available in the market today and the price ranges from the very affordable to the very expensive. You should decide on a coffee table that fits your budget, in this economy, it's not practical to go broke just for a table. 5. What color? Tables can come in various hues and you should buy those with colors that go well with the theme of your living room. Colors too can complete the style you have in your place, for instance those who want to evoke a rustic style, go for wood furniture with lighter stains.