How Tall Should a Coffee Table Be?

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Tired of seeing the same furniture over and over again? Changing several pieces of your furniture to adjust the style enables you to keep up with the flow of the Times.

Your coffee table may be a good place to start because it is one of the most used furniture. In most cases, coffee table serves as a serving table, a footrest, and a repository for books and magazines.

Choosing an appropriate coffee table adds brilliance to the style of the whole house and even enhances your mood. The first factor you should take into consideration is height.

Average Height for A Coffee Table

How tall your coffee table is directly determines how you feel about using it because most of the time you use it is when you are seated.

It is designed to bring you convenience and keep you comfortable. But if your coffee table is too high, you will need to lift your arm to take what you want. If too low, you will even have to bend over.

In most households, the coffee table is used before a sofa or a couch. Reality has shown that the top of a coffee table should be the same height or one to two inches lower than the top of seat cushions of your sofa. As most today's couches are about 17 to 19 inches tall, the standard coffee tables are supposed to have a seat height of about 16 to 18 inches.

Adjust the standard height according to seating height

Coffee tables can also be used in other places.  How tall your coffee table should be depends on the seating height.

(1) Low-profile Seating
If you plan to put your coffee table before low-profile seating, such as a futon couch, a small armchair, or an ottoman, the standard height coffee table will be too high to reach. But the perfect height difference also works.

For example, if you have a 16-inch seat cushion, it is preferable to choose a coffee table height of 14 to 15 inches.

(2) Taller than the couch
It is not rare to find coffee tables taller than the couch.

If you use your coffee table with a ground sofa, it serves as a dining table. A 12-inch tall coffee table can satisfy your needs.

Pet owners tend to buy coffee tables taller than a dog’s or cat’s nose to avoid making a mess.

There is no one-size-fits-all coffee table. Before buying your ideal coffee table, you should confirm the height of your sofa or couch. With your needs analyzed, choosing the right coffee table is not so difficult.

DIY your own coffee table with hairpin legs

DIY can bring you fun, help you save money, and enable you to build things that fit your demands in all respects. Coffee tables with hairpin legs becomes incredibly popular in recent years thanks to easy assembly, beautiful look, and low cost.

Signstek’s hairpin table legs come in heights of 12, 16, 19, and 28 inches, which allows you to build a different coffee table for different seating heights. The simple construction of hairpin legs means they can blend perfectly into any environment.

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