Coffee Table Size: How to Choose the Right One

Find out the proper height, length, and placement for your coffee table.

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Created by impactfurniture Mar 21, 2020

Coffee Table Size: How to Choose the Right One

Coffee Table Size
When choosing a new coffee table, use a tape measure and follow the recommendations below for height, width, depth, and placement.

Height
The standard coffee table height is between 16" and 18", however, we recommend choosing a coffee table height that pairs well with your sofa. We recommend choosing a coffee table with a height that is the same as your sofa cushions, or 1" – 2" lower. This allows you to easily grab any drinks or food off the tabletop.
Length
To not overwhelm your space, we recommend choosing a coffee table that is approximately two-thirds the length of your sofa.
Width & Placement
The width of a coffee table is found by knowing where to place it. To allow for easy maneuvering around your coffee table, we recommend having between 12" and 18" of space between the coffee table and the sofa. However, keep 30" of space between the coffee table and other pieces of furniture, like a TV stand or entertainment center. To find out what your new coffee table's width should be, measure from your sofa to your TV stand or other big piece of furniture, then subtract 48" (30" + 18"). That is how wide your coffee table can be.
Tip!
Consider shape when choosing a new coffee table. To learn more, read our Types of Cofee Tables guide.