We believe home design should be stylish and distinctive. The clean appeal of a minimalist coffee table or the striking mixed materiality of a glass top and wooden shelf are elements that help elevate a space, making it personalized to you. Our well-designed and thoughtfully-curated collection of timeless and modern coffee tables are perfect for your home, beautifully blending form and function here at Lulu and Georgia.
Coffee tables can be an overlooked feature when shopping for a look for your living room. And yet, a new coffee table can act as a defining centerpiece to a room, establishing the feel and intention for how that living space can and should be utilized. From statement-making silhouettes to the functionality of extra storage or nesting designs, coffee tables play a central role in determining your room's character.
Not sure what style fits your aesthetic and home best as you search for a coffee table to buy? Don't worry; we have got you covered. Check out a few tips below for ideas and inspiration when browsing
Choose The Right Coffee Table For Your Space
Living rooms come in a variety of sizes and styles. You may be working with a large, open-concept area, a multifunctional small-space room, or a traditional family room with lots of seating. So, you will first have to recognize how your new coffee table will get used in your space.
Will it be the center of your home life, with you and your family always gathering around it for movie nights or lazy Sundays? Does it serve as a workstation for you? Do you have young children—making materiality and sharp corners a concern? When loved ones visit, will you need it for extra seating, as you can use the Olwina Leather Coffee Table? Asking questions like this can help you choose the coffee table that works best with the function and flow of your space.
Find the Right Size Coffee Table for the Room
It can be easy to forget that proportion matters with something like a coffee table that floats in the middle of the room. While there is a little more flexibility with this element than others, some easy guidelines can help you find the perfect dimensions for your space. By starting with narrowing our selections by size, we can focus our options and discover pieces that are sure to blend into the room seamlessly. When shopping online, measuring twice and styling once is the path to a perfect purchase.
The easiest way to consider sizing for a coffee table is by scaling it to your sofa. In general, the height of your coffee table should be about 2 inches shorter than the couch seat. That keeps everything in reach without dominating or obstructing the view. The length of the coffee table should be about two-thirds the span of the sofa. If it is a sectional, then two-thirds the size of the longer portion, and for an L-shaped sofa, no deeper than the arm of the other portion.
Are you concerned about the depth of a table or how it will fit in your room? Take out a tape measure and some painter's tape and mark out the footprint. A coffee table should be about 16 to 18 inches from the edge of the sofa—close enough to reach but far enough to allow for ease of movement.
Discover Coffee Tables of Every Shape
Beyond size, an essential part of matching a table to your layout is considering the shape. What shape works best in your space? Read on for the advantages of each.
Rectangular Coffee Tables
A rectangular coffee table offers a practical touch if your family gathers around the coffee table for entertaining, projects, homework, or even the odd casual meal. The elongated design can also balance a large sofa or sectional flanked with accent chairs. Plus, many rectangular designs feature drawers or shelving for storage, making a rectangular table an ideal option for an everyday lounge or dynamic family room.
Square Coffee Tables
A square coffee table can pair perfectly with an L-Shaped sofa or provide a focal point for a traditional living room layout featuring two sofas or a sofa across from two accent chairs. Don't think that a traditional layout has to mean a traditional style. Many square tables offer a sculptural silhouette or stylish flair. The Arteriors Underhill Square Coffee Table can set off a laid-back coastal lounge or bring organic appeal to a transitional sitting room with its airy, rattan design.
Round Coffee Tables
A round coffee table can be just the fit for easy flow in an open-plan room or small-space lounge. These tables are great focal points for casual gatherings and dynamic entertaining. Round tables come in all styles, from coastal to traditional, but they are top-rated options for a bold silhouette with statement appeal. Check out our Hosanna Coffee Table—this round metal coffee table offers a stunning impact with an industrial tone.
Oval Coffee Tables
Whether you're looking for curved lines for a soft appeal or a glass coffee table with a slim iron frame for an open, airy look, an oval tabletop might be just the right shape. An oval coffee table offers the perfect blend of rectangular and round coffee table designs. These oblong tables can help balance a larger layout without the corners offering easy movement in the room—an especially nice feature if you have young children at table height.
Nesting and Geometric Coffee Tables
Sometimes standard shapes aren't quite the right fit. For a signature edge, consider something less traditional you can tailor to your space. Nesting coffee tables add flexible functionality to a small-space lounge or apartment. Other oversized geometric pieces can help fill a large space with their statement-making appeal. The Trio Nesting Coffee Table blends a geometric silhouette with a nesting design to offer dynamic styling potential.
Wood Coffee Tables, Marble Coffee Tables, Mixed Materials, and More
Once you know what size and shape of coffee table you are looking for, it can be helpful to think about what different materials offer your space. You want to echo other design notes in the room while also considering the everyday appeal of different materials—balancing aesthetic considerations with practical ones.
If you want to incorporate as many natural elements as possible, we suggest shopping for a wood coffee table or rattan and woven constructions. Depending on their finish and design, they can adapt to almost any home decor style—cozy California, relaxed minimalism, and textural neutrals. An angled walnut coffee table can give your room a sense of warmth, while an oak coffee table with a clean-lined silhouette can offer a timeless tone. If you have hardwood floors, then contrasting this with the luxe polish of a marble coffee table on a metal base or a sleek black coffee table can give you the touch of refinement you want.
Picture the table in everyday use as you shop. A glass coffee table can create a bright and open look with an easy-care surface, but you may want to avoid glass if you have little ones running around. For a versatile touch, a round metal coffee table or concrete design can offer industrial tones with the added potential to style outside—as with our Oden Cofee Table. No matter what material you opt for, consider how each design blends form and function to ensure your purchase offers lasting style with seamless appeal for your home.
Select a Coffee Table to Suit Your Style
After all the practical considerations, remember the most important part—finding a design that sparks interest and fits your aesthetic. There are endless ways to mix, match, and reimagine a style that feels uniquely yours, and coffee tables are an essential part of achieving this in your room.
Sculptural and Modern Coffee Tables
From undulating shapes to angular silhouettes, coffee tables are a great way to offer sculptural appeal with a functional feature. A monolithic white or black coffee table can draw attention to form while creating visual impact in the middle of the room—or opt for an industrial construction with a waterfall design.
Retro and Mid-Century Coffee Tables
Whether you want to deck out your living room with a retro flair or set the tone for minimalist warmth, a vintage-inspired coffee table can be the defining element. A mid-century coffee table holds iconic status for a reason; these designs blend an artful style with functional touches for flawless lounge appeal. A quality wood construction, like a walnut coffee table or oak coffee table with splayed legs and mixed-material accents, is a perennial favorite for mid-century design. We also love a deco table or a 70s-inspired silhouette for signature appeal.
Timeless and Transitional Coffee Tables
From ornate statement pieces to gently elevating profiles, coffee tables can help bolster a look that blends traditional and modern notes with timeless elegance. Try creating tailored appeal in a closed-off lounge by anchoring lounge chairs and a transitional sofa with a refined coffee table that completes the look. For something more opulent, consider a burl wood or marble table.
Rustic and Coastal Coffee Tables
Looking to refresh a laid-back lounge? A woven fiber or rattan coffee table can layer fresh texture and effortless appeal into your look. Or try a rough-hewn wood table with a rustic finish for a seasoned feel. Whatever your style, an intricately woven or a grounded minimalist coffee table is a great way to anchor your look with organic design.
Whichever way you decide to style it, remember that your coffee table allows you the flexibility to showcase the nuances of your design aesthetic. Loved ones and visitors can immediately get a sense of who you are by seeing how you have utilized this natural focal point to anchor your living room look.
When you shop for a coffee table at Lulu and Georgia, you'll find designs that will complement the style of your home but also make it feel more elevated. Choose from our wide range of coffee tables and find the perfect purchase for your project. Check out our Living Room Shop by Room page for more ideas and inspiration on creating stylish everyday living spaces.Show Less