Coffee Table Dimensions Guide
What Coffee Table Size Do You Need?
Coffee Table Height
Your coffee table should be roughly the same height as the seat of your couch. This height is ideal because it allows you to easily place books, food, drinks, and remotes on the table for convenient use while sitting.
The standard seat height for a sofa or futon is between 19 and 21 inches, so your ideal coffee table height may vary depending on your sofa. When in doubt, carefully measure the seat height of your sofa, including the cushions, and then find a coffee table that matches that measurement. A coffee table you love that is one or two inches shorter or taller than this recommended height should still work well with your sofa.
Coffee Table Length or Width
The perfect length for a coffee table is about two-thirds the length of the sofa it complements. For example, if your couch is 6 feet long, you will want to purchase a coffee table that is 4 feet long. This length leaves plenty of room for you to walk on either side of the table, and the size difference between the couch and the table will give your living room some stylish depth as well.
To correctly determine the ideal length for a new coffee table, you should always take measurements of your couch before you make a purchase. If you are having a hard time finding a coffee table that is exactly two-thirds the length of your couch, just find one that will leave enough room on either side.
Length is sometimes called width in product descriptions, and the two are often interchangeable. Both width and length refer to the greatest distance that a piece of furniture occupies from one end to the other.
Coffee Table Depth
The depth of your coffee table should be narrow enough to leave at least 30 inches between the outer edge of the table and the next barrier, such as your TV stand or fireplace. This distance may be greater in a larger living room where you have more space to work with. If you have additional seating on the opposite side of the table, just make sure there’s enough room for an adult to comfortably walk between the two.
To find the perfect table depth for a small living room, measure the distance between the edge of your couch and your TV stand, fireplace, or extra seating. Subtract 30 inches from that measurement. Then subtract the space you want to leave between the couch and the inner edge of the table (refer to the next section for perfect coffee table placement). The remaining measurement is the ideal depth for your new coffee table. For larger living rooms, just keep in mind the 30-inch minimum rule.
If you have to leave a little less space on either side of the table than is recommended here, that should be fine as long as you can still easily walk through the room. Of course, you should also consider how much surface area is enough for everything you intend to place on the table. Need styling tips? Read How to Decorate a Coffee Table.
Coffee Table Placement
Lastly, you should leave about a foot and a half of space between the edge of your couch and your coffee table. This should provide adequate space for people to both walk through and sit down. Make sure it feels like a good amount of leg room while seated on the couch. If your legs bump against the table when you sit, the space is too narrow. If you have to strain to reach items on the table, it’s too large. The shape and style of your coffee table will also determine its bulk. To find a coffee table that fits with the rest of your decor, take a look at our Living Room Decorating Ideas.
Think you have the perfect dimensions for your coffee table? Read more tips to help narrow your search in our Coffee Table Buying Guide.