What Are the Coffee Table Styling Rules?

What Are the Coffee Table Styling Rules?

Are you ready to elevate your coffee table game? Because we're about to spill the beans (pun intended) on all the dos and don'ts of coffee table styling. Our designers are always asked some variation of this question - what are the coffee table styling rules?

This article is all about providing you with the best answer. As one of London’s largest luxury furniture showrooms, we’re proud curators of a large collection of stunning luxury coffee tables.

From placement to decor, we've got you covered with all the insider tips and tricks to make your coffee table the talk of the town. So grab your favourite brew, sit back, and let's dive right in.

What are the coffee table rules?

Coffee tables are the centrepiece of the living room - where you place your beverages, eats and books. But, just like any good host, you want to make sure your guests (and your furniture) are comfortable.

This is where the ‘coffee table rules’ come in. Aside from its design, many other factors go into ensuring your coffee table takes centre stage.

From the ideal placement of your coffee table to its decor, we’ll guide you through it all. With almost 40 years of experience in designing interiors, our perfectly curated guidelines will ensure your coffee table stands out.

These are a set of guidelines to follow to ensure that your coffee table not only looks good but also functions well in the room.


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Rule #1 - Your coffee table should be the focal point of the room

Think of your coffee table as the centrepiece of your living space, drawing the eye and serving as a hub for socialising, snacking, and relaxing. With that in mind, your coffee table should be the room’s focal point.

Coffee tables are the perfect spot for those Instagram-worthy vignettes and books you've been dying to display. Don't be afraid to make a statement with your coffee table - allow it to be the star of the show.

Rule # 2 - The size of your coffee table should perfectly fit your space

Your coffee table should be big enough to hold all the essentials. You don't want to be caught short on space when entertaining guests and, remember, a cluttered coffee table is not appealing.

Make sure your new coffee table is the perfect size for your space and can handle everything you want to put on it.

For instance, if you plan to entertain a lot, you'll want to make sure your coffee table is at least 122 cm long. This length guarantees enough room for refreshments and books.

On the other hand, if you don't entertain often, you might want a slightly smaller coffee table that allows for sufficient walkway space.

What Are the Coffee Table Styling Rules?
What Are the Coffee Table Styling Rules?


Rule # 3 - Make sure your coffee table is in the perfect spot

Whether it be in front of the sofa for a cosy movie night or in the middle of the room for a lively party your coffee table should be in the optimal position.

It's the perfect spot for displaying your favourite accessories, such as a beautiful vase of flowers or a medium-sized sculpture. Our designer coffee tables are made from the highest quality materials and are designed to be very long-lasting.

Rule # 4 - Look for adjustable coffee tables for optimal usage

At FCI, we stock a collection of adjustable coffee tables by Naos. These tables can rotate and are adjustable in height with the simple touch of a lever.

An adjustable coffee table is beneficial to those who want a makeshift working place during the day and a snack area at night.

The Alto Adjustable Coffee Table is an amazing option that offers your home a touch of style while remaining adaptable.

Adjustable coffee tables are like the Swiss Army Knives of furniture - ready to adapt to any situation. It'll also save you from any awkward crouching or straining to reach your stuff.

Rule # 5 - Add decorative pieces or an eye-catching tablecloth

Coverage is the best way to add a touch of personality and style to your coffee table. Whether it's a chic tray, a decorative bowl or an elegant table cloth this small touch can make all the difference.

Don't be afraid to get creative and make it feel more like a curated and intentional part of your decor. Your guests will definitely appreciate the extra effort.

Rule # 6 - Add adornments like vases, candles, and plants

Sprucing up your coffee table with statement-worthy accessories can make it more visually appealing. Try not to go overboard; less is more when it comes to accessories.

Adding a few carefully curated pieces can bring a touch of personality and style to your coffee table but be sure not to clutter the area. Amplify the beauty of your carefully selected coffee table with an aromatic candle.

In conclusion

Coffee tables are versatile pieces of furniture that have the ability to elevate any space. From holding beverages and remote controls to acting as a temporary workspace, they do everything.

Styling your coffee table to display your own personality is just as important as choosing the right one for you. If you’re in need of any assistance, WhatsApp us or visit our showroom.

Take a look at our interior design project portfolio for inspiration on how to add some final touches to your stunning coffee table.

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