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Living room tables should not be missing in any household, because they belong to the cosy sofa. Together, they form the meeting place for families and friends to enjoy a cup of coffee and create a cosy feeling at home. The living room tables are used for this purpose as an important shelf for the coffee cups and as an indispensable, decorative piece of living room furniture.

With our living room table guide, we want to make sure that you find the right living room table for you, with which you can create a beautiful meeting place and which you can use practically. For this purpose, we have compared the functions of different living room tables and summarised the respective advantages and disadvantages. This should make your purchase decision easier.




Summary

  • Living room tables serve as a cosy meeting place for family and friends. They provide a surface to place their coffee mugs or wine glasses.
  • Sofa tables can be made of different wood, glass or metal materials and create an aesthetic living room with the right shape. The table should have the right size for the room and be able to offer useful functions.
  • Used suitcases, chairs or wine crates can also be converted into a sofa table. This can save a lot of money and time.

The Best Living Room Tables: Our Picks

Living room tables: buying and evaluation criteria

To make it easier for you to make a purchase decision, we now show aspects that you can use to guide your purchase. The criteria we have selected include:

In the following sections, we explain what exactly you should look for in the respective criteria.

Material

You can choose between different materials for a living room table. There are coffee tables made of wood, glass or metal. Which material you choose depends more on personal preferences.

When buying a living room table, you should definitely pay attention to the high-quality workmanship of the respective material.

Wooden tables in particular are known to last a long time, but they do need care when used frequently. Living room tables made of natural wood do not tolerate liquids well and quickly leave stains. Spilled drinks such as coffee or wine should be wiped up immediately. To prevent such quick stains on the wooden table, the surface should either be coated with a varnish or cleaned frequently with oil so that it retains a beautiful appearance.

Glass tables do not require oil or varnish to keep the table surface beautiful. Nevertheless, even with a living room table with a glass top, it is important that it is cleaned often. Without cleaning, the table would look dirty, as crumbs, dust, fingerprints or scratches are quickly visible. Despite everything, glass as a material can create an aesthetic as well as environmentally friendly environment.

With sofa tables, however, it is not necessary to choose just one material. You can also choose a table with a wooden, glass or natural stone surface and metal legs. This decision then depends on personal taste.

Shape

Sofa tables are available in almost all shapes. Individual preference also plays a major role here. The shape of the table should definitely match the living room suite.

To protect angular sofa tables, corner and edge protection is highly recommended.

Square tables in particular are a classic shape variant. They are very popular because they often match other furniture in the living room.

With square living room tables, however, it is important to bear in mind that it is easy to bump into them as you walk past.

Round and oval sofa tables are known for providing more movement and variety in the living room. Not only are these eye-catching, but there is also less risk of injury with these than with the square coffee tables.

Dimensions

When buying a coffee table, the dimensions should also be taken into account. The size of the coffee table should fit into the living room. If you have a suite, the table should not be too small. The sofa table should measure about half or a third of the sofa. This gives the living room the best look and is also more comfortable if you can access the table from all corners of the couch.

In addition, you should not choose a table that is too large. After all, the living room table should not only beautify the room, but also provide enough room to move and conform. Therefore, there should be enough space between the table and the couch.

As a rule, there should be a free space of about 50 cm between the table and the sofa.

In addition to the size, the height also plays an important role. The table height should also match the seating group, i.e. the table should not be too high or low. In terms of dimensions, this is between 40 and 50 cm.

However, if you want to use the coffee table as an opportunity to make other pieces of furniture such as the sofa itself stand out, then a low table will achieve this desired effect. On the other hand, it should be noted that you have to lean further forward to reach the table.

Storage space

With your coffee table, you should also consider what exactly you need it for and what functions are important to you in your living room. Many tables offer storage space as well as other useful functions.

Built-in drawers and additional storage surfaces can create significantly more essential storage space in a living room table.

Additional storage space can be very beneficial. A built-in drawer can store magazines or the remote control, giving you more space on your coffee table for your morning coffee. If you don't like drawers, there are other coffee tables with a second shelf that can also be used to store a book.

If you are a fan of designer furniture, there are also many living room tables with an integrated swivel function. This means that the table surface has to be turned or pushed to the side so that a compartment opens up. This also offers the possibility of storing personal items.

Living room tables: frequently asked questions and answers

In the following section, we will show you the most frequently asked questions and answers about living room tables. If you have read the guide carefully, you will know all the relevant background information about living room tables.

Who is a coffee table suitable for?

Coffee tables are part of a sofa and together they form the centre of the living room. A coffee table is therefore suitable for anyone who wants a living room with a comfortable couch.

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Living room tables are ideal for enjoying a glass of wine with friends on the cosy sofa.
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It serves as a storage surface for drinks, snacks, magazines or even decorations.

What types of living room tables are there?

If you want to buy a living room table, you can choose between different types. The types differ in their functions: Living room tables with one or more shelves, with drawers or coffee tables that can be adjusted or rotated. We have compiled the most important advantages and disadvantages of the different table types as follows.

Type advantages disadvantages
Living room table with several storage surfaces more space for personal things greater cleaning effort due to several storage surfaces
Living room table with drawer hide things away can sometimes only be used from one side
Adjustable living room table can be used as a dining and work table requires space to adjust
Rotatable living room table additional storage surfaces requires additional space to rotate

Which type you choose depends on your personal taste and the features you want in a sofa table.

How much does a living room table cost?

A sofa table can cost different amounts. The price of a living room table depends on the quality and material, as well as the design.

Art Price
Living room table with several shelves circa 60 euros
Living room table with drawer circa 70 euros
Adjustable living room table circa 60 euros
Swivel living room table circa 150 euros

Inexpensive tables start at around 30 euros, while inexpensive living room tables cost around 150 euros.

Many designer pieces of furniture that use a special type of wood, for example, cost between 150 and over 1000 euros.

What alternatives are there to a living room table?

If you don't want to buy a classic living room table, there are other options. For example, you can use things that you no longer need at home. Many people use an old chest or suitcase, wine crates or an old stool.

Alternatives Description
Side table This table is placed next to the sofa or armchair and should be reached without having to bend over.
Suitcase or chest Old travel suitcases or chests can serve as storage surfaces and should have a smooth surface for this purpose.
Chair or stool Old chairs or stools can be used practically as a table and can be converted into a seat for emergencies.

There are countless alternatives that can serve as a sofa table. You can let your imagination run wild.

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Side tables serve as optimal storage surfaces for decorations.
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For smaller living rooms, a side table is a useful alternative because it doesn't take up as much space as a sofa table. However, if you want more storage space, the coffee table is the better choice from this point of view.

Can I build a coffee table myself?

Yes! If you don't want to put a bought table in your living room and would rather have your own individual sofa table, you can build one yourself. You can assemble stone or wooden boards into a coffee table.

In any case, you should make sure that you do not overestimate your craftsmanship and that you have the necessary tools at home. Building a table yourself requires more effort than buying one. Planning and a rough sketch are also essential for building the living room table. Think carefully about what dimensions and functions it should have.

How can I decorate the living room table?

Sofa tables can and should be decorated according to your own taste. Candles, plants, photo frames or other stylish decorations are often placed on the coffee table.

There is no right or wrong way to decorate, it should simply please you and fit in with your living room.

Conclusion

Living room tables form the centre of every living room. The tables come in many functional types, such as with several shelves, drawers or as a rotating or adjustable table.

Each table is distinguished by its own material surface, size and shape. However, they are not only a beautiful object to look at, but also offer the possibility of storing things. Alternatively, side tables are also suitable for smaller storage areas and armchairs.

Coffee tables are indispensable in every household and are often self-made. Old suitcases or wine crates often make an unusual storage surface. With your own decorations such as candles or plants, the sofa table and the surrounding furniture stand out all the more and thus give every living room its own personal touch.

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