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Coffee Table Size Guide: How to Choose the Right Dimensions

Coffee Table Size Guide: How to Choose the Right Dimensions

Coffee tables are an essential part of a complete living room. They can be used for more than just coffee: they are invaluable surface areas to place your favorite board game, to display mementos, and to place everyday items. Do you know what shape and size work best for your space?

Coffee Table Size Guide

Typically coffee tables are centered between a couch and the television screen. In this coffee table size guide, you’ll learn how to select a coffee table based on couch dimensions, room size, aesthetics, and other factors. 

  1. The first step is to grab a tape measure. Measure the sofa and/or chair(s) that will be beside the coffee table. 

  2. Measure the dimensions of the living room as well.

  3. Decide if you would like a coffee table accompanied by side tables or just the regular coffee table in the center of the room.

  4. Think about what you want to put on (or store under) the table. Coffee tables are multipurpose pieces: they can be full of books, plants, accent pieces, games, art, food, and drinks.

  5. Consider different shapes: round, square, rectangular, ovular, or other.

  6. Note the color scheme of the living room and what color coffee table would be best.

Round vs. Square Coffee Tables

A typical coffee table size for both round and square shapes is roughly 36×36 inches. 

Most furniture has 90-degree angles, so a round or even ovular table naturally draws attention because of its lack of corners. Round tables show style and effort. They also require a bit more space since they don’t fit snugly together with other angled pieces. Square tables can fit easier and can make for easier storage. Most items that require storage will fit more evenly in a square space. 

This smooth and chic Round Coffee Table Accent Table is 35.83 inches long, 35.83 inches wide, and 19.21 inches tall. Its elegant gold legs and cream faux marble top pair well with other cream accents in the room. 

Average Coffee Table Dimensions 

A coffee table is usually between 16 and 18 inches tall. In relation to the sofa, it can be the same height, lower, or higher:

  • Same Height: This allows for easy access to food and drinks.
  • Lower: Having your coffee table an inch or two lower than your chair or sofa cushions gives your space a modern feel. This popular design choice allows you to put your feet up without blocking the view of the television screen.
  • Higher: A coffee table that is an inch or two higher than your sitting area will also work, especially if you’re trying to restrict it from babies or pets. It’s a personal preference.

In apartments, the standard coffee table size is 40 inches long and up to 30 inches wide. Every apartment is different, but if you’re working with a smaller space, typically, it’s best not to go higher than 48 inches lengthwise. For example, the 48” Coffee Table with Storage Shelf is 47.5 inches long, 23.5 inches wide, and 18 inches tall. Another rectangular option is the Norrell Coffee Table at 47.72 inches long, 28 inches wide, and 18 inches tall. Both have a lower shelf for extra storage.

In homes, a table between 48 and 60 inches lengthwise is the standard coffee table dimension for average-sized rooms. For larger spaces, go longer than 60 inches.

Determining the Right Height, Length, & Width

To determine optimal coffee table measurements, take the measurements of the couches and chairs that will surround it. Overall, a coffee table that is 2/3 the width of your sofa will work well. Smaller furniture calls for a smaller coffee table, and larger furniture calls for a larger coffee table.

Room Size

The size of the room also determines the size of the coffee table. Leave at least a foot of space in between the sitting surface and the coffee table and at least two feet from the television. 

The right coffee table for you is scaled to fit your space to achieve a comfortable balance. Don’t crowd other chairs or furniture in the room. People need to get up and walk comfortably. 

The larger the space, the larger the table it can accommodate. It shouldn’t take over the whole room. Remember, it’s not a dining room table! And of course, make sure to center it in relation to the sofa.

Matching Aesthetics

After you have determined your desired dimensions, it’s time to think about style! 

The coffee table is the centerpiece of your living room. It can be its own statement piece, or it can match the aesthetics of the room. Get inspired by your surrounding space. Consider the light fixture above it, the rug beneath it, the curtains, the wallpaper, the accent pillows – plus the colors, textures, and fabrics of the sofa and chairs. 

Are you prioritizing aesthetics, functionality, or both? Trust your intuitive sense of style. But if all this sounds overwhelming, consider consulting with an interior designer about the different options you are considering. 

Other Factors

  • Decide if storage space is needed or not. Some coffee tables include a bottom shelf for storage, and others do not. However, with those that do not, you can always put your own separate storage container underneath.

  • Keep in mind pets and kids. Coffee tables can be a place where a toddler learns how to draw or where a student does homework. Do you want a flat surface with a protective lip or a sunken table to guard against spills or pets? 

  • If you just got a puppy, avoid chewable or fragile furniture. Be mindful of sharp corners with babies and toddlers. Invest in removable corner covers for square and rectangular tables to protect against sharp edges. That way, you won’t have to compromise on style for safety. 

Side Table Dimensions

Décor, drinks, food, and TV remotes can clutter the central coffee table. Side tables are needed on either side of a couch to accommodate these items. They are extra necessary if the living room typically entertains more than one person for appetizers, drinks, or game night. Plus, side tables make a room look complete and put together. 

For side tables, the dimensions also depend on the size of your couch. Average side coffee table dimensions are usually one and a half to 2 feet tall and around 1.5 feet wide. 

The arm of your couch should be within a couple of inches of the side table. Whether that is shorter or taller is up to you. For example, this Round Coffee Table Side Accent Table is about two inches shorter than its twin referenced above, with the same length, width, and design. It can work either as a coffee table or a side table. 

The taller the couch, the taller the side table. The width is whatever serves you best, depending upon how much surface area you desire.

Conclusion

Whether you’re looking for a statement piece or a side table that complements the rest of your space, Belleze has a collection of stylish and modern coffee table sizes for you to browse at your leisure. If you end up getting the wrong size, don’t worry. To ensure you get the perfect piece for your space, all Belleze Furniture orders come with a 30 Day Return Policy (no questions asked) in addition to a one-year Manufacturer’s Warranty. Find the perfect coffee table and other modern living room furniture to match your style, personality, and design aesthetic now. 

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