1. The right height

  The height of a coffee table is important. There's nothing more awkward than a coffee table that's too high or too low. Measure the height of your sofa’s seat  a good coffee table should be  the same height as the cushions on your sofa or one to two inches lower.

   A taller table will also be more convenient if you entertain a lot, as it will be easier for guests to set down a cup or a plate.

2. Size wise

  As you look for the right height, remember the sofa is the star of the show, so the table you place in front of it should be quite a bit smaller. The recommended rule of thumb is that the maximum size is two-thirds of the sofa’s width.

3. Functionality

  Some people eat by their coffee table or just use it to store their remote controls and other small items. Whether storage or decor the table must have enough surface space for your needs. If décor is more the purpose, you can focus on one with lines and texture in a material you love.

4. Shape

  Round, oval, asymmetrical, square or rectangular?  Something discrete or a sculptural piece? The shape, style, and size of the sofa as well as the room’s interior decoration will determine the design of your table . The form of the carpet should be noted as well. 

5. Material matters

Pick a few materials that would work well with your lifestyle and your space. Don't just default to wood—there are very many options out there. Now that glass is out of the question for families with small children, think of other options that could work well for your lifestyle.  Wood, glass, brass and painted metal  are timeless materials.

6. Grouping

Why use only one table? Try a collection of tables. Place a set of identical nesting tables next to each other and pull out each table to expand the surface area while staggering the table tops too. If your space is wide and you have not found a table you like, place two tables next to each other and create one larger table. 

Another option is to add sofa-side tables to add reachable surfaces and also storage.

7. Balance

Another factor to consider is  its "weightiness." Simply, it should complement the other furniture in the room to make the space feel proportional and balanced. Specifically? If your sofa has high skinny legs, consider a table that's solid all the way to the ground or has shorter chunkier legs. On the other hand, if your sofa has no visible legs, choose a coffee table that has higher skinnier legs.

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