o The placement of the table _ o The size of the home _ o The budget for the table purchase _ Why Coffee Tables are Helpful _ Some small rooms require a table that can be functional. If this is the case, the table needs to be big enough to hold snacks, lamps, etc. The size of the family also needs to be considered and sometimes a couple of coffee tables will be necessary to meet the needs of a large group of people. Rectangular and square tables can be the answer to this decorating challenge. Round tables can also work but they can offer less surface area.
What to Look For _ If perhaps your coffee table is letting you down, or you are simply in the market for a new one, what are some of the key factors you should be looking for? 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 2Ʊ 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).