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Choosing the right shape for a coffee table is an important aspect of decorating your living room. We’d like to help you get started with some tips. The coffee table is one of the main pieces of furniture in your home and deserves proper attention. After all, it is the centerpiece of your living room, making it an eye-catcher for your interior.

How to use your coffee table

When choosing a coffee table, first think about how you want to use it. Is it just meant to hold your drink and a vase or do you want a table with storage space for magazines, cell phone and remote control, for example? A coffee table is often part cabinet in addition to being a table. It is nice if you have the items within easy reach from your seat yet have them out of your direct sight. This creates a living room that radiates calm.

Different heights

The ideal size of a coffee table depends on both the space available and the storage space desired. In a spacious living room, a larger coffee table fits best. But for larger coffee tables, make sure you choose a model that has two or three parts, for example, with tabletops at different heights. By breaking up the large format into parts, as it were, it looks friendlier and more interesting than one large object. When space is limited, a smaller model is recommended, as tables that are too large would visually diminish the space and restrict movement.

Side tables

You should also match the size of the coffee table to the size of the sofa. For a large sofa, a slightly larger model fits well, while for a two-seater sofa, a small table is preferable. An ideal size is about one-third to one-half the total length of the sofa so that the table is easily accessible from anywhere. For large sofas with a corner, you can place a side table at the ends of the sofa to put your drinks on in addition to the main coffee table in the center.

Distance from the sofa

It is essential to consider the distance between the sofa and the coffee table. The table should be easy to reach from the sofa, but there should be enough room to walk around it. A recommended distance is about 45 to 50 cm, so there is still enough space to move around. As for the height of the coffee table, it is ideal if it is no higher than the sofa itself.

The shape of your coffee table

With a large L-shaped sofa, it can work well to choose an L-shaped coffee table that is thereby accessible from anywhere on the sofa. A flexible coffee table that adapts to your living environment like the REK by Stilst, allows you to extend the table when needed. An oval or round table fits well in a space where it is important to be able to maneuver easily. For an elongated living room, choose oval. For a living room of which its width and length are close together, choose round.