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2023 Buying Guide for Living Room Coffee Table & End Table - Tangkula

A beautiful and cozy living room needs many elements, like a TV stand, electric fireplace, sectional sofa, floor lamp, coffee table, and greenery. A well-organized living room will enlighten your mind! Here are some points to consider before making up your mind before purchasing.

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  1. Size and Proportion:

    Measure your seating area to determine the appropriate size for the coffee table. Ideally, the table should be about two-thirds the length of your sofa.
    The height of your seating is another key point. The coffee table should be at a similar height to the seat cushions or slightly lower. This way, you will feel comfortable when eating by the table.
  2. Shape and Layout:

    The shape of the coffee table and side table should complement the arrangement of your seating furniture. For example, round coffee tables soften the lines of a sectional sofa, while rectangular tables can build an elegant vibe for your living room. 
  3. Functionality:

    Determine how you intend to use the coffee table. If you often entertain guests, choose a table with enough surface area for drinks and snacks. If you hold storage as a priority, consider tables with shelves, drawers, or hidden compartments. For example, a lift-top coffee table is a good choice for those WFH because they can store all your sundries and files in their drawers.
  4. Style and Aesthetics:

    Match the table style with the overall decor of your living room. Whether you like modern, rustic, or mid-century style, Tangkula end tables will always suit your taste.
    Consider the materials and finishes that complement other furniture pieces and decor elements in the room.
  5. Material and Durability:

    Choose materials that align with your lifestyle. Wood is a classic choice that works well with various styles, while glass tables lend a contemporary touch. Metal and marble offer elegance and durability.
    Consider how easy it is to maintain and clean the chosen material.
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  6. Storage and Organization:

    Assess your storage needs. If you want to keep magazines, books, remote controls, or other items handy, look for coffee tables with built-in storage options.
  7. Traffic Flow and Safety:

    Ensure the coffee table won't obstruct the traffic flow in the room. Leave enough space around the table for comfortable movement.
    If you have young children or pets, consider rounded edges or tables with softer corners to minimize the risk of accidents.
  8. Versatility and Multifunctions:

    You can consider a coffee table with additional features for small living rooms or bedrooms. For example, nesting tables or lift-top tables can serve as a workspace or storage space for your small room.
  9. Budget:

    Determine your budget range before starting the search. There are coffee tables available at various prices. If you have trouble finding the perfect end table within a limited price range, remember to check the upcoming article, where we will share some modern coffee tables and sofa side tables in the appropriate range.
  10. Personal Preference:

    Ultimately, trust your instincts and choose the home furniture that resonates with you. You'll interact with it in daily life, so make sure it aligns with your style and comforts you.
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If you’re still wondering which one to choose from the coffee table and end table, here are some tips you can compare according to your situation

  1. Functionality:

    Coffee Table: Coffee tables are typically larger and placed centrally in the living room. They serve as a focal point and provide a surface for drinks, books, remote controls, and decorative items. Some coffee tables also come with storage options.
    End Table: End tables are smaller and usually placed beside sofas or chairs. They offer a convenient spot to place drinks, snacks, or other items you might need while sitting. They can also feature storage like shelves or drawers.
  2. Placement:

    Coffee Table: Coffee tables are in the middle of the seating area. They're ideal for serving multiple people and for displaying decorative items.
    End Table: End tables are also known as sofa side tables, beside seating furniture. They're great for providing individual convenience within arm's reach.
  3. Size and Scale:

    Coffee Table: Consider the size of your seating area. The coffee table should be proportional to the size of your sofa or sectional. It should be accessible from all seating spots without obstructing the flow of traffic.
    End Table: End tables should complement the height of the adjacent seating. They should be at a similar height to the armrest of the sofa or chair they're next to.
  4. Style and Design:

    Coffee Table: As a central piece, the coffee table can make a statement or tie the room's design together. You need to consider the overall style of your living room and choose a coffee table that complements that aesthetic.
    End Table: End tables can coordinate with the coffee table or stand out with their unique design. They should also match the style of the seating furniture they're next to.Tangkula Nesting End Table Set of 2, Triangle Side Table w/Bamboo Legs, Free Combination End Table
  5. Storage Needs:

    Coffee Table: If you require storage space for magazines, remote controls, or other items, look for a coffee table with shelves, drawers, lift tops, or hidden compartments.
    End Table: End tables with drawers or shelves can help you keep essentials close at hand while maintaining a tidy appearance. But in most cases, the extra storage room of an end table is smaller than that of a coffee table.
  6. Material and Durability:

    Coffee Table: Consider the materials that best suit your lifestyle. Coffee tables can be made from wood, glass, metal, marble, and more. Choose materials that are durable and easy to clean. If you want to know more about the merits of different material, check previous blogs to find more!
    End Table: Similar to coffee tables, end tables come in various materials. Select materials that complement the surrounding furniture and are resistant to wear and tear.
  7. Budget:

    Coffee Table: Since coffee tables are larger and more prominent, they might have a higher price range. Consider your budget and invest in a quality piece that aligns with your preferences.
    End Table: End tables are generally smaller and can be more budget-friendly. You can find a variety of options that suit your style without breaking the bank.
  8. Personal Preference:

    Ultimately, your choice should reflect your personal preferences and how you envision using the space. Consider your habits, how often you entertain, and the overall feel you want to create in your living room.
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Here are the main points of furniture purchasing in the living room. In the coming article, we will recommend some popular coffee tables and sofa side tables for you to furnish your living room. If you’re interested in the article or want to know the latest news about Tangkula, please remember to subscribe to our e-mail! 

If you want to know more about home furniture selection, check the following article to find more!

The upcoming article: Tangkula recommendation of coffee table & side table