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The Ultimate Coffee Table Size Guide

We’ve all been there. You just bought a great sofa, and now it’s time to choose the best coffee table to match it and best maximize your space. How do you decide what size coffee table to buy? This can be a difficult task, especially if you’re working with a small space.If you choose one that’s too big, you’ll overwhelm your space. If you choose one that’s too small — especially in relation to your sofa — your room will look unbalanced.We can help! Our ultimate coffee table size guide will help you find the perfect coffee table size for your home. It’s all about maximizing your space for ultimate comfort, and making sure your coffee table size is right for the sofa you’ve chosen.As you’ll see, our height, width and depth guides are all related to the size of your sofa, which we assume you’ve chosen with care to fit in your available living space.


Your coffee table should be 1-2 inches shorter than the height of your sofa’s seat cushions. This is especially important if you like to kick up your feet. It also helps create a proper, unobstructed eye-line when you’re sitting on the sofa, and allows you to comfortably grab snacks and other items from the coffee table. This is the most important measurement when choosing the right size table, so take a look at table heights first.


If you have a sectional sofa with a chaise, we recommend that the coffee table does not stick out into the room farther than the chaise. Otherwise, the general rule of thumb is that the size of the room determines the depth of the coffee table. If you have a narrow room, choose a table that is not very deep. If you have a larger living room, you can choose a larger, square table or even a circular table.

Positioning With Sofa and Other Furniture

The distance from the front of the sofa to the coffee table should be between 12 and 18 inches. Fifteen inches is usually a comfortable distance for walking and for sitting. Any closer, and it can start to feel tight. Any further, and you won’t be able to comfortably reach it when enjoying a snack or finding the remote. Position the table in the middle of the sofa, so that there’s equal space on each side of the table. This also guarantees you’ll be able to move around the table without having to do a side shuffle.

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