A coffee table is one of the cornerstones of your living room. But how do you know when you found the perfect one? With all the options available, it can be easy to settle for something below average. Have no fear. Our skilled designers have selected the coffee tables that you will love.
If you have limited space, you should opt for a table with a translucent or glass top. It offers you all the functions of a traditional coffee table, but with a light and airy appearance. In this luxurious formal transition room, we have sourced the Ethan Allan Jocelyn table for precisely this reason. It comes in a chrome finish for a sleek and luxurious feel.
Think of your coffee table as something more than just a giant coaster. In this Westchester family home, there was no working storage space in the living room. So we got a storage stool from Room and Board and decorated it with a tray. It works just like a coffee table, and when the family needs access to their storage, they can easily move the tray onto another surface.
Balance is the key
A coffee table is a great way to create textured contrast in your living room. The living room in this SoHo duplex was full of angular features – a square section, square pillows, and square frames. To create a natural contrast, we covered this stone-shaped table from the Phillips Collection. It offsets the more angular features of the room and gives the room a luxurious sheen.
If you entertain frequently or have plenty of space to cover, consider a number of nested coffee tables. You can keep one nestled inside the other until guests arrive, then pop out the extra table for extra table space. In this luxury apartment on the Upper East Side, we selected Interlude Home nesting tables for a convenient and expandable option.
Why be satisfied with a coffee table?
Can’t decide on a coffee table? Then not! If you have a large living room, it might make sense to use three smaller coffee tables instead of one full size. However, if you choose to have multiple coffee tables, opt for two, or ideally three. And select tables with the same shape. In this formal space on the Upper West Side, we selected three round coffee tables, including one from Oly Studio, to give this family plenty of places to put their drinks.
Above and below
Most importantly, your coffee table should be functional. So, if you are constantly looking for extra table space, consider an option with tiered solutions. In this comfortable family living room, we selected a square table by Serena and Lily with two tabletops for maximum storage.
Adjust to size
When choosing a coffee table, one of the most important considerations is size and proportions. Measure the width of your couch, then choose a coffee table that is about a foot shorter. Getting the coffee table right is especially important when mixing and matching styles. In this Battery Park Loft, we made sure this Anthropologie Art Deco coffee table is the perfect size so it doesn’t clash with the Chesterfield leather sofa.