Coffee tables are often regarded as an accent piece in the living room. While this is true, a coffee table is also a hardworking piece of furniture because it serves many functions – holding everyday items like remote controls and mobile phones, displaying your favorite trinkets, and serving as mini dining, crafting, or study table when family members want to hang-out in the sala.
Typically, coffee tables are purchased last – after the sofa, the TV console, and other appliances. Use this opportunity to select a table that will complete the look. Use it to anchor the room or the "cherry on top" that pulls every detail together. In this article, we prepared a buying guide, and our top 10 recommended coffee tables that you can purchase online.
Picking out a coffee table is similar to finding the final pieces of a puzzle. It must match your existing furniture to create a comfortable flow in the living space. Scroll down and let us guide you on what to consider before buying a coffee table.
A coffee table should either be half the length or 2/3 of your sofa. This ensures that your table will match the seating capacity of the couch.
For example, the coffee table must have enough room for the drinks, food, and other small items that you or your guests will be placing on it. Otherwise, a small coffee table paired with a large sofa will only get crowded by too many objects - thus will look cluttered.
The perfect height, meanwhile, must not be 4 inches higher nor 4 inches lower than the seat or cushion of the sofa. A coffee table that is too low will strain your back and a coffee table that is too high will block your view, especially when you have decorations such as vases and trays.
Aside from the coffee table’s dimensions, also check whether the space in your room can accommodate it. Most interior decorators follow the “18-inch rule” – which refers to the ideal distance between a coffee table and the sofa.
This way, the person sitting on the sofa is close enough to reach for the items on the table, for instance, the remote control or drinks. Also, having an 18-inch gap provides enough room for stretching out your legs. While this applies to most homes, also consider your size and height and check if this setup will be comfortable for you.
Of course, also consider the space on the other side of the coffee table. Usually, this area between the center table and the TV console serves as the main passageway in the room, so leave ample space for walking or passing through – at least 24 to 30 inches.
Wooden coffee tables are a popular choice for larger homes because they can instantly add warmth and coziness to a room. For smaller family rooms, go for a narrower table so it won’t overpower the limited space.
If your living room has too much wood pieces already, a glass top is a good option too, especially for small spaces. It is less bulky than wood and it will make the room look more open. Besides, it is easier to clean and also allows you to see the beautiful rug or floor underneath. Make sure that it comes with a sturdy base such as a metal or wood frame.
Both wood and glass tops are durable materials and can last for many years when well-maintained.
Most coffee tables are rectangular. These are perfect for displaying your favorite flowers, figurines, and other trinkets. You will have enough space for your décor in the middle and the rest of the table can still hold your drinks, food, remote control, and other everyday items.
Round tables are ideal for households with little ones. These don’t have sharp corners, which make them more kid friendly and less prone to accidents. Square tables are best paired with L-shape sectionals and large sofas because they balance the bulkiness of the couch.
On the other hand, if you enjoy resting your feet up after a tiring day, you can go for an ottoman or a center table with an upholstered surface. It is easy to clean plus you won’t be worrying about dents and scratches.
If you have a plain sofa and your living room needs more texture or dimension, consider a multi-table set. Also known as nesting tables, this set consists of 2-3 small tables with varying heights that can be overlapped. When arranged side by side, this can serve as an accent piece, as well as a space-saving solution when stacked together.
Some coffee tables have built-in storage compartments to maximize the floor area. Drawers are suitable for storing games, DVDs, chargers, and other items that you want to be tucked away.
Shadowbox tabletops, meanwhile, allow you to display your trinkets without compromising ample surface area for coffee, snacks and more frequently used items. Bottom shelves are also handy in storing extra blankets and magazines.
Choosing a coffee table is just like selecting a nice bag for your outfit. The right coffee table will complete the look of your living room and will provide additional storage space. Here are our 10 recommended coffee tables that you can purchase online.
|Shape/Design||Rectangular table with drawers|
|Dimensions||112 cm (length) x 51 cm (depth) x 50 cm (height)|
|Material||Particleboard and MDF|
|Color||Ashwood veneer tabletop and White frame|
|Dimensions||50-100 cm (length) x 40-45 cm (height)|
|Color||Available in Pink+Pink, Pink+White, White+Gray, and Black+Yellow|
|Shape/Design||Rectangular table with a metal trestle|
|Dimensions||122 cm (length) x 61 cm (depth) x 48 cm (height)|
|Material||MDF with wood veneer and metal legs|
|Color||Brown table top and Black frame|
|Shape/Design||Square table with a built-in shadowbox|
|Dimensions||93 cm (length) x 93 cm (width) x 51 cm (height)|
|Material||Tempered glass, Fibreboard, Solid Beech and Particleboard|
|Shape/Design||Round glass table|
|Dimensions||81 cm (width) x 81 cm (depth) x 45.5 cm (height)|
|Material||Tempered glass and Iron tube in a chrome-plated finish|
|Shape/Design||Rectangular table with round or smooth edges|
|Dimensions||80 cm (length) x 40 cm (width) x 42.5 cm (height)|
|Color||Available in Peach and White|
|Shape/Design||Round table with marble print table top|
|Dimensions||100.8 cm (diameter) x 46 cm (height)|
|Material||MDF laminated with paper veneer and Solid firwood|
|Color||Marble print and Brown legs|
|Dimensions||Table 1: 50 cm (width) x 55 cm (depth), Table 2: 44 cm (width) x 55 cm (depth)|
|Material||Table top (not indicated), Steel legs|
|Shape/Design||Storage bench and tufted seat|
|Dimensions||80 cm (width) x 40 cm (depth) x 43 cm (height)|
|Material||Solid wood and upholstered cushion|
|Shape/Design||Rectangular table with metal frame|
|Dimensions||100 cm (length) x 50 cm (width) x 43 cm (height)|
|Material||Tempered glass and metal frame|
|Color||Available in White and Black Frame|
Furniture Source Philippines
Tammy Coffee Table
Colorful Coffee Table Set
Beldon Coffee Table
Liatorp Coffee Table
Chanel Coffee Table
Nordic Coffee Table
Linnett Coffee Table
Sherbet Nesting Table
Tempered Glass-Top Coffee Table
Coffee Table for Your Pinterest-Inspired Living Room
Versatile Pair of Coffee Tables
Industrial Meets Rustic
Built-In Shadowbox for Displaying Your Collection
Let Your Table Shine with a Chrome Frame
Kid-Friendly Coffee Table
Marble-Inspired Coffee Table for a Traditional Living Room
Nesting Tables Perfect for a Small Space
Repurposing a Tufted Seat
Spacious Tabletop and Bottom Shelf Made of Tempered Glass
|Shape/Design||Rectangular table with drawers||Multi-table/Nesting table||Rectangular table with a metal trestle||Square table with a built-in shadowbox||Round glass table||Rectangular table with round or smooth edges||Round table with marble print table top||Nesting table||Storage bench and tufted seat||Rectangular table with metal frame|
|Dimensions||112 cm (length) x 51 cm (depth) x 50 cm (height)||50-100 cm (length) x 40-45 cm (height)||122 cm (length) x 61 cm (depth) x 48 cm (height)||93 cm (length) x 93 cm (width) x 51 cm (height)||81 cm (width) x 81 cm (depth) x 45.5 cm (height)||80 cm (length) x 40 cm (width) x 42.5 cm (height)||100.8 cm (diameter) x 46 cm (height)||Table 1: 50 cm (width) x 55 cm (depth), Table 2: 44 cm (width) x 55 cm (depth)||80 cm (width) x 40 cm (depth) x 43 cm (height)||100 cm (length) x 50 cm (width) x 43 cm (height)|
|Material||Particleboard and MDF||Wood||MDF with wood veneer and metal legs||Tempered glass, Fibreboard, Solid Beech and Particleboard||Tempered glass and Iron tube in a chrome-plated finish||Wood||MDF laminated with paper veneer and Solid firwood||Table top (not indicated), Steel legs||Solid wood and upholstered cushion||Tempered glass and metal frame|
|Color||Ashwood veneer tabletop and White frame||Available in Pink+Pink, Pink+White, White+Gray, and Black+Yellow||Brown table top and Black frame||White||Chrome||Available in Peach and White||Marble print and Brown legs||White||Beige Linen||Available in White and Black Frame|
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A coffee table serves so many functions in your living area. It can be used as a display area for trinkets, as a mini-snacking or study area, and sometimes as a footrest. It can also bring charm and coziness to your family room. Go for a wooden coffee table to add warmth or a glass-top to make the space look more open.
In choosing a coffee table for your home, always check its length and height; remember the 18-inch rule and go for the design with an extra storage space. You’ll know when the right one comes along when it doesn’t overpower the space but rather completes the look.
Author: Ayeza E. Mangulabnan
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