May 31, 2021 4 min read
Coffee tables came into the limelight during the Victorian era, and their popularity has only grown since then. Owing to their multi-purpose utility, it comes as no surprise that they have become more of a necessity than a luxury.
When picking out furniture, it’s important to not only ensure that the styles match, but also that everything goes well together height-wise. Although coffee tables are nearly always lower than the couch, if you have a short sofa, you may be wondering “can a coffee table be higher than a couch?”
Sometimes, a coffee table can be higher than a couch. We’ve unpacked this concept to show you some situations in which you can use a taller coffee table. We’re also going to take a look at the height difference that you should consider when choosing a coffee table.
We know a coffee table is a key piece of furniture in your living room. As with all furniture, there are a number of key decisions to make before purchasing. Do you need your coffee tableto have a lot of storage? A chunky wooden design, or more minimalist look and feel? Do you want to make a statement with your coffee table or is durability more important? Will it fit the space you have available?
Generally, most coffee tables are going to be around 40-45 cm high. If you are standing up, you’ll generally find that your coffee table comes in around your knee. If you have a higher couch, remember that you’re going to want a coffee table that’s about 5-10 cm higher than the standard.
The general rule of thumb when it comes to the height of a coffee table is that a coffee table should be around 5-10 cm lower than your couch. But it’s good to keep in mind when you’re considering your next coffee table purchase. Make sure you’re measuring from the ground to the top of your couchcushions, and most importantly take note of these measurements, write them down and take them with you when you visit a furniture shop. If you have a coffee table at the moment, take note of its height, and also whether it suits you and your living space. Do you find it’s too high or too low or is it at the perfect height already?
The obvious answer is then yes it can, but the more complete answer is that it can but we don’t really recommend it. If it’s higher than the couch there’s no denying that it’s going to be at an uncomfortable height. If you want to put your feet on the coffee table whilst watching, that won’t be an option. If you want to eat in front of the TV then it’s still going to be at an uncomfortable height as well. Not to mention that it will probably just going to look a bit strange – the coffee table and your couch will appear to be mismatched, even if they match in style and design.
When buying a coffee table, you want something that’s smaller than your couch. If your coffee table is too long it’s going to stop the easy flow of the room, and people are probably going to walk into it, as it won’t fit the visual expectation of how long a coffee table should be. If it’s too short it’s going to be difficult to reach from all the seats of the couch and so it’s not going to be as useful.
As with the height of the coffee table, you want the length of your coffee table to be both visually appealing and in line with the size and style of the other furniture.
You may have inadvertently chosen a couch that was too big for your coffee table, but perfect for you! Never fear, you can make up the height in other ways.
If it’s just the look of the coffee table that’s bothering you, then we would recommend getting some books, magazines or décor items to add a bit of visual distraction to your coffee table. These types of little distractions can do wonders for your room, as they distract the eye so no one will notice the fact that your coffee table is abit to short in relation to your couch.
A good coffee table can really bring together the look of the room. A living room without a coffee tablejust looks empty, not to mention that they can hold your books, remotes, drinks and food platters for when your friends and family come over. As a coffee table can be both a functional and statement piece, it makes sense to spend a bit of time finding a good one that fits your room and your needs. We would encourage you to try to seek some form of harmony in your living room setup. You want your pieces to match in as many ways as possible, design, colour, material, form and size, including, of course, the height of your coffee table!