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Finding Attractive, Functional Coffee Tables for Your Home

An attractive coffee table can hold books, magazines, food, drinks, board games, and more. It gives you a place to put your feet up while you're relaxing on your couch and a spot to display some interesting knickknacks. Kids can even use it to color. It's usually right in the center of your living room, den, or family room. Since guests can't miss it, you should make sure you choose a good one. Consider the function, shape, and size of your coffee tables.


Before you buy a coffee table, think about how you'll use it. If you have a casual space where people want to set their drinks and put their feet up, you should choose a sturdy piece with a surface that won't easily get scratches or water marks. If you need extra storage, look for a coffee table with a bottom shelf, drawers, or a top that lifts up to give you extra storage. A coffee table with a movable top also lets people raise it to eat or do paperwork without leaning over.


Rectangular coffee tables are the most popular, but you can also find round, oval, square, and octagonal models. You should consider the other shapes in your room before you choose the best coffee table for the space. For a large room with lots of chairs or more than one couch, you might need two coffee tables or an additional side table. If you have small children, look for a round or oval coffee table to keep kids from bumping into sharp corners.


For most rooms, the height of your coffee table should be slightly lower than the seat of your sofa and chairs, and the length should be about two-thirds the length of your couch. There should also be from 14 to 18 inches of space between the sofa and the table. That way, people will have plenty of leg room when they relax on your couch. Before you buy a coffee table, mark the footprint with painter's tape so that you can picture the way the piece will look with your surrounding furniture.

At JCPenney, you can find a variety of wood, glass, and metal coffee tables. Our online collection has sizes and styles to suit any decor.

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