A Guide to Choosing the Right Size Coffee Table for Your Loveseat

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If you have a loveseat in your house, you’ll want a coffee table. Otherwise, where will you put your snacks?

In this article I’ll dive into how to size your coffee table appropriately to match your loveseat.

Small coffee tables under 30″ in length work best with loveseats and settees. This is because they complement the smaller size of a loveseat and ensures that there’s enough space for movement around the table.

You should aim for 12 to 18 inches of space between the coffee table and the seating area. Also make sure you leave plenty of space on the other side, between the coffee table and tv stand.

Your coffee table should be roughly the same height as your loveseat’s cushions or 1-2 inches lower. This allows for easy access to drinks, snacks, and other items on the table while maintaining a visually cohesive appearance with the rest of your furniture.

Luxury interior home with coffee table and gray midcentury loveseat

Choosing the Correct Coffee Table Size for Your Loveseat

First, make sure that you measure your loveseat (or at least know its dimensions). After all, you want to find a coffee table that complements it and doesn’t overwhelm the space. (A standard loveseat is typically between 48 and 68 inches in length).

A good rule of thumb is to choose a coffee table that is no more than two-thirds of your loveseat’s total length. Considering the range of loveseat sizes, this could be anywhere from 32 to 45 inches. You’ll want your coffee table to be the same height (or one to two inches shorter than the top of your loveseats cushions).

A table taller than your cushions might look out of place and might not provide a comfortable space for setting down drinks or snacks. Lucky for you, modern coffee tables tend to be low.

Lastly, think about the shape of your loveseat. Rectangular coffee tables work well with most loveseats, but an oval or round table may be a better fit if yours has curved arms.

Choosing the Right Coffee Table Shape

Different shapes can create different visual effects, offering both aesthetics and functionality to your space.

Rectangular coffee tables are popular, especially if you have a standard loveseat or a longer sofa with a chaise. These tables provide easy access to drinks, snacks, or remote controls for everyone seated on the loveseat. Rectangular tables also work well in narrow spaces with minimal walk-around clearance.

Living room interior with comfortable sofa and elegant lamp

Square coffee tables can be an excellent option if you have a standard sectional or an L-shaped seating arrangement. They can nestle perfectly into the corner created by the loveseat and another piece of furniture, creating a cozy and integrated look.

Round coffee tables provide a softer, more relaxed feel to your living space. They don’t have sharp corners, making them safer for homes with young children or pets. Round tables can also create a sense of balance in your room, especially if your loveseat and other furniture pieces have more angular lines.

Cozy light interior. Soft beige sofa, white chair, round coffee table, floor lamp, rug and blanket.

Oval coffee tables offer similar benefits to round tables, with the added advantage of fitting well in longer or narrower spaces. Their more elongated shape can create a more streamlined look while providing a smooth, rounded edge for safety.

Special Considerations

Children and Pets

When you have children or pets at home, choosing the right size coffee table for your loveseat becomes even more important. Make sure the table’s height is the same as or slightly lower than your loveseat’s top cushions to avoid accidental bumps or injuries. If this is a concern, you might want to consider round or oval-shaped tables with soft edges in order to reduce the risk of injuries.

Another factor to consider is the table’s material. Opt for durable, easy-to-clean surfaces that can withstand the wear and tear from little hands and paws. Glass tops may not be the best choice for households with young children or energetic pets, so you might want to consider alternatives like wood or metal.

Storage Options

When selecting the ideal coffee table size for your loveseat, don’t forget to think about storage options. If you have limited space, a coffee table with built-in storage can help you keep your living room organized and clutter-free. Some tables come with drawers, shelves, or even hidden compartments for added functionality.

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You can find coffee tables with various storage solutions that meet your needs, from open shelves to display your favorite books or decorative items, to enclosed cabinets to hide away remote controls, toys, or other small items.

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