A Buying Guide on Coffee Tables

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There’s just something about a coffee table that makes a living room complete. Without it, the living room looks naked, undone. Apart from improving the look of your living space, a coffee table serves many uses too!

Coffee tables come in various shapes, sizes, and styles. And to make the right choice, you need to learn all the factors you have to consider when shopping for a coffee table. To help you find the perfect coffee table for your living space, here is a simple guide on all the factors to consider during shopping:

Your Budget

Coffee tables vary in price points; some are ultra-expensive while others are very affordable. Your budget is one of the most important factors that will determine what coffee table to get. If say, you are shopping around for other furniture apart from the coffee table (such as sofa, chairs, stools, etc.) then you can get away with a more affordable coffee table. This way, you can spend your money on bigger pieces. But if you are shopping specifically for a coffee table, you can go for high-quality coffee tables that are more expensive than others.

The Style and Size

Of course, the best coffee table to get is one that complements your living space well. When shopping for a coffee table, do not focus solely on the style of the coffee table but also the furnishing that goes with it. The right coffee table style should complement the size of your living space, the existing color palette, and your lifestyle. For instance, if you have kids or pets, a coffee table with sharp edges might not be the best choice. If space is limited, a large coffee table might not be ideal because it will take more space.

The dimensions of the coffee table will depend on the seating too. Generally, the higher the sofa, the taller the table should be. This way, it is easier for guests to set down a glass or a plate because of the coffee table height.


A coffee table is a very versatile piece of furniture. You can use it to decorate a space, provide storage, serve as a focal point of the space, or as an accent. You can stash reading materials for guests to read, set decors and add shelves or drawers for more storage. Pick a coffee table that can hold drinks and plates with ease!


Coffee table materials come in different variety too. Some coffee tables are made with metal, others with a combination of brass/steel and glass. There are coffee tables made from solid hardwood and others made with Lucite. Choosing the material is a personal choice. Just keep in mind the longevity of the material and the maintenance to preserve the piece.


You want the coffee table to match the existing furniture in your living room area and create balanced scale. If the furnishings do not match or complement each other, the space can look unkempt, disorganized, or plain unsightly. For instance, a dainty coffee table is not the best match for a large, overstuffed sofa. A too large coffee table does not go well with dainty furniture. To achieve a beautifully styled space, you want to make sure the scale of the coffee table matches that of its surroundings.

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