As a coffee lover who has recently moved into his or her first apartment, you may be wondering how far should a coffee table be from a sofa? It can be tricky to figure out. After all, a coffee table is often a piece that is meant to be the centerpiece of a living room. It gives the coffee lover an area where they can enjoy their coffee or a place to rest their feet up when relaxing in front of the couch. In order to determine what the best distance between a coffee table and sofa would be, you will need to determine how much space you have to work with and how big your coffee table is as well.
The height of coffee tables varies widely. Most coffee tables measure between about three and twelve inches off the floor. While there’s no hard and fast rule as to how far should a coffee table be from a sofa, common coffee tables range from about six to about eight feet away from the floor. Likewise, there’s no hard and fast rule for how far a coffee table should be from a set sofa, only the standard school of thought from most designers is that the average coffee table should be about half to two-thirds of the floor length.
When it comes to coffee tables, most people fall into one of two categories: those who prefer a rectangular coffee table or those who prefer a round or oval shaped coffee table. For those who prefer rectangular shapes, most experts would say that the key to a good coffee table is to make sure that it is proportioned right. In other words, make sure that the table isn’t too tall and that the sides are proportioned properly so that the middle portion is actually in the same plane with the top and bottom sections of the table. If the sides are too wide or long, they’ll either encroach upon the space around the sofa or come to an angle and create the illusion of an almost awkward angle when the table is viewed from any angle. If the sides are too short or have an unusual curvature, then the coffee table won’t quite fit the proportions of your room and its furnishings.
Of course, the size of your coffee table is entirely up to you. However, some general rules do remain. If you’re going to be seated near the middle of the table, then you want to sit no further than the edge. It’s perfectly acceptable to allow a few inches of distance for the legs of your coffee table, especially if you choose to go with glass tops. A standard coffee table height is usually around eighteen inches, although other heights may also be considered.
Once you’ve decided on a standard height, then you can start to look at the shapes available. You’re really not limited to just rectangular shapes; in fact, you can find circular and oval shaped coffee tables, as well as hexagonal and octagonal ones. The only shapes that generally won’t look good placed near a sofa are square or rectangular ones. While they will fit, they will seem awkward. Even if you get a round or oval-shaped table, though, if it’s placed too close to a sofa, it will look like it’s sitting on the armrests of the furniture, which isn’t a good look.
The next thing to consider is whether the table is a full circle or just a section of a circle cut in half. Even though the area is only two pieces, you still need to account for the thickness of the two sections. Generally, you can assume that the sectional coffee table is at least an inch thick, unless the manufacturer includes an item specification sheet that indicates otherwise. A good rule of thumb is to measure from one corner to another, but not to the other corners. If you do the measurement in a few places, you’ll end up with a more accurate figure.
A more traditional type of coffee table is a square table. These are often found in living rooms, although they’re also perfect for bedrooms or dens. Square tables are made in a variety of styles and can even have curved backs. In fact, the most common style of square coffee table is one that has a single curve on its back, while others are two-sided and come with two curved sides. Naturally, you can choose to purchase one with a solid finish, or to paint it yourself.
Finally, you’ll want to look at the seat cushion height. This refers to the distance from the top of the coffee table to the lowest part of your seats. Usually you can’t go below eighteen inches, so the rule of thumb is to set your seats at or just below the standard height of your furniture.