Sectional sofas are a very common piece of furniture nowadays. They are usually found in living rooms or sittings, which most of the times are the biggest rooms of our home.
Their main difference from conventional sofas, is that sectionals contain various separate pieces, which can arrange to your liking and create multiple different combinations of the same couch. Having the ability to change the position of the pieces, you have more options regarding the decoration and placing of your furniture.
As you can understand, sectional sofas are far more convenient than conventional sofas, because they allow you to have more options. For instance, there only a few ways you can place your typical three or two-seated couch, whereas you can place a sectional sofa either as a whole, or separate its pieces to adjust them to the space you have available in the room.
Being so convenient, sectional sofas are very easy to pair with various types of coffee tables. That said, you have to consider how to make your place look better, and learn the right ways to match your sectional with the proper coffee table. Let’s find out how:
How to pair a coffee table with your sectional sofa
In order to achieve balance in your living room, you need to pair your sectional sofa with the right coffee table. Here are some smart tips that will help you pair your coffee table with your couch.
1 – Be careful of the size. You need to acquire a coffee table that has an appropriate size according to the size of your sofa. For instance, if you have a medium sectional, you shouldn’t purchase a very large coffee table because there isn’t going to be enough room to walk around it.
Instead, you need to find a table like the Winsome Wood Nolan Coffee Table, which has a medium size and its perfect for two-seated couches.
What is more, the height of the coffee table you are about to purchase is equally important. You should look for coffee tables that are not taller than the cushion of your couch. This way, you avoid blocking the visual of the people that are sitting around the table.
2 – Go symmetric. If you’ve acquired a sectional sofa with both equally-sized sides, you should consider purchasing a rectangular coffee table like the Zinus Industrial Style Coffee Table, or go for a relatively square table like the Ameriwood Home Carver Coffee Table.
This way, you are going to save space because the table is going to fit almost perfectly to the size of your sofa. Apart from that, such tables are going to be equally accessible by everyone around them, which means that you are going to create a comfortable environment for every guest.
3 – Try a round coffee table. Round tables, such as the GreenForest Coffee Table, are an exceptional choice for pairing with sectional sofas. They work especially well with u-shaped sofas, because their oval shape allows them to fit better to the shape of the sofa than a coffee table with four edges would.
Their shape allows you to create even more space around them, which is one problem most people face when they purchase a u-shaped couch. The navigation around the table becomes a lot more convenient, and so is the access from the people to the table.
4 – Use an ottoman instead of a coffee table. If no table matches your sectional sofa, then consider using one large ottoman, or two smaller ones instead. Ottomans come in various sizes and shapes, and have multiple functionalities that may prove useful with sectional sofas.
For example, you could use an ottoman like the Convenience Concepts 143900BL as a coffee table in the middle of your living room. The particular type of rectangular ottoman can be used both as a coffee table in front of large sectional sofas, or as a seat in case you have more guests than usual.
In addition to the above, it is common knowledge that sectional sofas require lots of space. You can use the ottoman for storing various items that you don’t need to have floating around your living room, and free up space to navigate or place other furniture.
Finding the right size
The size of the coffee table is a personal choice, and you are going to acquire it according to your needs and the space you have available. What most professional use as a rule of thumb, is to let some distance between your coffee table and your sectional sofa for convenience and nice looks.
20 inches of space between the cushion of the sofa and table is enough to allow some breathing room for your furniture. It would be suggested that you measure the distance between the legs of the inner side of your sectional sofa, and find a coffee table that is slightly smaller than your measurement.
Always have in mind not to overstuff your room. If you have enough space, then a large sectional sofa could be a really nice match with a large rectangular coffee table. On the other hand, if you see that you sectional sofa is too large for the room, try acquiring a smaller coffee table for more freedom of space.
Lastly, sectional sofas offer you the option of separating their pieces and arranging them in various different ways. If the room allows you to, try placing the pieces of the sofa in different locations and positions, so that you can save up some space for the coffee table in the middle.
In case of a really small room, consider compact coffee table solutions such as the ioHOMES Smillie Modern Coffee Table. This type of coffee table fit really nice in corners, which helps you keep the middle of the room open for more convenience and less overstuffing.
What shape coffee table to use with a sectional sofa
The shape of the coffee table you are going to choose is critical, especially considering that you want to match it to your sectional sofa. When this is the case, there are a few parameters you have to think about before making a purchase. Let’s find out what these parameters are:
1 – The size of the room. You need to acquire a coffee table that has the appropriate size for the room. Large rooms for example, such as family living rooms, will allow you to use large coffee tables like the Alaterre AZMBA1220 and still have as much free space as you need. In contrast, small rooms limit you to more compact solutions, such as the VASAGLE Industrial Nesting Coffee Table.
2 – The size of your sectional sofa. It is common knowledge that most of the sectional sofas are large and take up much space. If this is the case, you should either place them in large rooms, or you should pair them with a small coffee table like the Furinno 11179EX, if you decide o go with a smaller place.
3 – The corners. If there are lots of available corners in the room, you need to consider taking advantage of them. This is essential for smaller rooms, although it could be applied to bigger rooms as well because it makes the place look better organized as well.
There are various coffee table designs, and some of them are perfect for room corners. A nice example table is the Convenience Concepts Palm Beach Spindle Table, which is a thin and little taller than usual coffee table, which will fit ideally in almost every corner.
4 – The rest of the furniture. Take a good look at the rest of the furniture that sit around in the living room? What do you see? Do you see a lot of rectangular or square pieces? What size are they? Are they traditional or modern furniture? Does your sectional sofa fit well with the rest of your furniture?
Those questions will help you determine what coffee table to use in the room, along with your sofa. If you see a lot of unnecessary pieces, try to remove some of them. Keep only the ones you really need in order to avoid overstuffing the room.
If you feel that there are lots of similarly-shaped pieces, make a case of acquiring something different for a change. For example, if you already have a lot of edgy and symmetric furniture, try a round table like the Jofran Urban Nature Wood Round Coffee Table to break the monotony.
Ottoman vs coffee table. What goes better with your sectional sofa?
There is no right or wrong answer here. Both an ottoman and a coffee table are going to make an exceptional choice if you select them according to the specifications of your sectional sofa. There is a wide variety to choose from, in order to accompany your sofa and make your room look pretty.
Ottomans. Ottomans like coffee table come in countless sizes, shapes and styles. They can offer great hidden storage opportunities in case you have various item around your living room that you would like to put away.
The size you are going to choose depends on the size of your sofa and the space of the room, just like you would with a coffee table. A minor disadvantage of the ottomans, is that sometimes they tend to be unstable because of their soft surface (as they work as seats too).
On the other hand, that is their advantage too. Having an extra seat in your living room is never a bad thing. Imagine that you have more guests than usual, or that you need the space in the middle of the room available for a game. Ottomans like the Best Selling Storage Ottoman work amazingly well in both cases, and they look just fine near almost every sectional sofa.
Coffee tables. These particular tables where manufactured specifically to be place in front of your sofa. No matter if it a conventional two or three-seated, or a sectional sofa, quality coffee table (for example the Sauder 420275 North Avenue Coffee Table) are the piece of furniture you need.
Their main difference from ottomans is that they are far more stable for glasses, bottles and literally everything else, which makes them the ideal solution for the middle part of your living room.
Coffee tables have small storage spaces compared to ottomans, although if you get a nice large table with a shelf like the WE Furniture 40″ Wood Storage Coffee Table, you can store items that hang around in your room, and enjoy the advantages of the table.
Coffee tables for U-shaped sectional sofas
In my opinion, rectangular or square coffee tables are the best choice regarding U-shaped sectional sofas. For instance, I would use the WELLAND Rustic Square Old Elm Coffee Table with a large U-shaped coffee table, so that everyone gets easy access to the table.
U-shaped sofas are designed for 5 to 8 people, and most of the times they shape corners. This is why you need a coffee table with edges, that is a little smaller than the middle area of the sofa, so that it can perfectly fit and be close to all the people that sit on the sectional sofa.
Coffee tables for L-shaped sectional sofas
On the other hand, I believe that both round and rectangular coffee tables are an ideal solution when it comes to L-shaped sofas. Both types of tables sit in front of the sofa conveniently, and the sofa allows them to have a free side, so they are not limited like with the U-shaped sofas.
The only thing that limits coffee table for L-shaped sofas is the total space of the room. Make sure that you purchase one that when placed in front of the sofa, it allows you to navigate around it comfortably by letting some room between the sofa and the table.
Sectional sofas are a necessary piece of furniture for our homes, and so are coffee tables. This is the reason why we need to find ways to combine them, and make our living or sitting rooms both comfortable and beautiful.
You can choose between various types of coffee tables according to the decoration of your room, the available space and the size/shape of your sectional sofa. Make sure that you add your personal taste to your choice, and don’t hesitate to try new combinations!