There are a few things to consider before plopping a coffee table down between the sofa and the TV -- that is, if you want to actually like the way it looks.
- First, get the height right -- a coffee table should be 16 to 20 inches high, depending on the style of your sofa. For a low-slung mid-century style couch, you should go with the lower number -- for an overstuffed contemporary version, the higher.
- If the couch is the only seating, center the table on it. If the coffee table serves more furniture, make sure it's equidistant from everything.
- For a room with sparse furniture, a rectangular table is ideal. If you have more furniture, go for a round table, it will make the space around it feel more open.
- In general, round tables are easier to walk around while square tables are more modern.
Nestpert: Minnesota designer Jay Nuhring, author of the blog "Loving What You Have."
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