Coffee Table Hunting

Most of the projects in the apartment are finished. We’ve made a dining room table, a bench, a TV console, tall shelving units and a headboard (keep an eye out for that post coming soon!) but we are now left with a large open space in the living room. On the one hand, I like having the space open. It makes it feel bigger and when we have people over for a movie it seems more inviting to sit on the floor with some pillows and blankets, but we know a coffee table would be a good idea. Not only for practical reasons (an easier place to set glasses or books) but to tie the room together and visually create a more cohesive living space.

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I haven’t decided if I want to design and build the coffee table yet or if I just want to select one and buy it ready-to-go, but I’ve been able to narrow down some of the features that it’s going to need, especially for our small space.

Slender legs. In a small space, having a coffee table that sits flat on the floor makes it feel heavy and drives all of the focus to the middle of the room. Getting a “leggy” table, means that people (even subconsciously) will spend more time looking up and around a room than down at the floor.

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I adore this coffee table, but it needs that lofty space around it so that it becomes a focal point rather than a weight.

No fabric. As much as I love the texture of floor poofs and ottoman-style coffee tables, one in this space would compete too much for attention. With my already commanding rug and strong leather couch, I need balance with the material of the coffee table. I’m leaning towards wood to complement the other items in the room and keep the space warm.

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I do love the dual-function and comfort this gives a room, but it works best with neutral floors and lighter color schemes than my living room.

Narrow. I need this table to be long and lean to keep the room opened up. Too wide of a coffee table will be just as heavy as one without any legs, and also tends to get filled with too much stuff!

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Beautiful complement to the wooden ceiling, but my living room doesn’t have as much great natural light to keep it feeling open most of the day.

Mid-height. Again, this is a space thing. Too high of a coffee table means it’s competing with the dining room table and is limited in the kind of decor I can put on it since our TV console isn’t very tall either. A table that’s too low (even with slender legs), won’t give the airiness that keeps the space feeling open.

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This is definitely closer to my color scheme, but would look too tall next to my dining room table

As you can see I need something very specific for my apartment and I’ve seen a number of tables that I really like, but haven’t been in my price point. Here’s a few that have caught my eye lately.

West Elm

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Ikea

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Etsy

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What do you think? Is there something for your home that you’ve been hunting for? Let me know!

Lydia Jane

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19 thoughts on “Coffee Table Hunting

    1. I’m so with you- I love the rug. As for the coffee tables? I’m taking one of each. I can’t decide. You’ve got great taste! I can’t wait to see which one you end up choosing.

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  1. Great inspirational pics, all of them! I love the sphere for your space too. I have the IKEA one but I sprayed it gold and painted the panels to look like Carrera marble (check my blog if you dare- Copy cat Carrera). Super good value. Looking forward to what you pick!

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