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Today we are going to talk about one of the most striking furniture present in a living room. Yes! A coffee table and the great models like the Barcelona table.

A coffee table is a long and low table which is created basically for holding things; such as drinks, magazines, remote controllers, books, decorative objects, and other small items to be used while sitting. It is the perfect complement of any living room and they also work to separate the area.

That being said, you may think due to its multiple functions that it would be one of the first furniture pieces people thought about when moving into a new place or re-decorating, but in fact, it’s not. Even if we know that they’re very functional in a living room and it’s always attracting attention, normally people don’t spend the same time choosing a coffee table than a sofa, for example.

But that is not your case, right? You perhaps are aware of the relevance of every piece of furniture and want to select the perfect one. So, let’s see how you can choose the table that best suits you!

Selecting a coffee table – Recommendations

A rule number one while selecting a coffee table is that it should be proportionate in size to the sofa, specifically, it should be at least one-half the length of your sofa, but not longer than the sofa itself. 

For your understanding, you can think that a nice medium coffee table is three-quarters or two-thirds long. Regarding the height, should be equal to the height of the sofa seat, or so a few centimeters.

In addition to this, you can consider these two factors while choosing a coffee table:

  • If you have a standard horizontal sofa, then you can go with an oval or rectangular coffee table. 
  • If you have a sectional or L-shaped sofa, then you can go with a round or square-shaped coffee table to fit accordingly. 

We must mention that these are just some recommendations, we are sure that you can make it work with or without them, as long as you take into account all the elements of the decoration.

Knowing the different shapes & models

There are plenty of different shapes and sizes when it comes to coffee tables. We’ve placed a few of the most used.

Scroll down to check them!

Rectangular & square coffee tables

Rectangular and square coffee tables are definitely the most chosen for modern environments and designs. They offer a lot of space giving you a symmetrical look. Plus! They can sometimes offer storage below them.

If you like this type of table, you can opt for a Barcelona table that features a solid 3/4 “thick piece of tempered glass with a polished 1/8” beveled edge that is easy to clean. The glass is held in place on the frame by 4 transparent rubber bumpers that support it. Definitely a must to have!

barcelona table

Oval and round coffee tables

Round and oval coffee tables express a more classic atmosphere. They are quite functional and could help you save space. Plus! If you have kids, this may be the best option because you won’t have to worry about getting hit by a tight corner.