Tables That Rule – A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Coffee Table

Glass Tables

Glass and/or mirror tables blend into a room’s background giving the illusion of more space. A round, antique mirror and burnished metal deco-style table was the perfect fit in this glamorous space.

Rule of Thirds

A coffee table’s length should be two-thirds of the size of a sofa. This small, family home required a perfectly sized coffee table with storage. It has a shelf for books and magazines as well as drawers for knick- knacks.

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Photography: Larry Arnal

How High?

Your table and seating height should be within four inches from each other. In this living room, the mirror and polished, nickel, coffee table is the perfect height for the sofa.

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Photography: Larry Arnal

Traffic Flow

Keep approximately eighteen inches around an occasional table for effective traffic flow. In this formal space, the table and furniture pieces are spaced appropriately so that people can walk comfortably around the furniture.

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Photography: Donna Santos

Two is Better Than One

Consider two, smaller tables instead of one, big table in a large space. This living room was big enough for two sofas and coffee tables. Each table features an upholstered top, a shelf below as well as a spot for a decorative item in the centre of the table.

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Consider two, smaller tables instead of one, big table in a large space.

Photography: Larry Arnal

Text by Evelyn Eshun, Produced by Canadian Home Trends Magazine



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