There are several factors to probe before buying a centre table. It often serves other functions also. Sure, it’s a place to put your drinks or other belongings. The kids may use it for playing games too. These other purposes will as well influence the right height and size of the piece that you wish to buy.
WHAT IS ITS PRIMARY FUNCTION?
Think about what’s the main purpose of your centre table. If it’s a trait, you can opt for something more detailed or attention-grabbing. That means you’ll want a clear space around it, so it gets seen. That can, in turn, affect the size and height of the piece.
For example, a glass top piece is an admirable choice for a table that will fit in your room. Opt for something more complex and visible to make it a focal point of your living room. The materials you choose can also affect the size that will work best for you.
The classic shape of the centre table is rectangular. But that’s not a hard and fast rule. After all, you want every member in the room to be able to use the table.
A table with a superior length versus width is an excellent choice for smaller rooms. A rectangle or oval-shaped piece optimises the space. If you have a larger seating requirement, a square-shaped table is another choice. The shape also factors when you reflect on the style of your room.
CLEARANCE AROUND THE CENTRE TABLE
It’s crucial to consider the space around your centre table. Everyone needs enough leg space. It shouldn’t be a job to get up from the sofa. Only then, people can reach it easily without feeling cramped.
Height also comes into play. The typical height for the centre table is about 40 to 45cm. You’ll want it to be about the same height as your sofa cushions. If they are oversized, plan on a centre table that is 2 or 3 cm lower. A taller one will work too.
Don’t forget the space underneath your table. You can place a magazine and other knick-knacks under it. It’ll also bring interest to the room. It needn’t be wasted space. When considering height, measure the space between the floor and the bottom of the table.
KIDS TOO MATTER
Rectangular tables capture that classic look. But they may pose a hazard for the kids. A round or oval piece may offer a better choice with no sharp edges. Also, consider how the kiddies use the table. The smoother sides are an excellent option if they use it for lessons or colouring.
Keep these other uses in mind when looking at the construction. Centre tables with support closer to the centre may shift accidentally with a lot of pressure on the ends, for example.
MATCH YOUR STYLE
Your decor will also influence the choice of your centre table. Classic traditional pieces are often heavier and larger. Ornate trim may cut down on the usable surface area. Modern or contemporary furniture may pose similar challenges.
Some tables may have feet that splay out from the base of the table. Others may have features that jut out from the main surface. Eclectic pieces may have unique shapes outside of the standard sizes. Any of these will cut into the clearance around it. That’s especially true if you mix standard and non-standard size furniture.
Mind the room underneath the table too. Closed spaces will encroach on the legroom of people seated on the sofa. You may need to add some extra space around the centre table to leave enough room.
Centre tables often include other features that add to their value. A place to set your drink is only the starting point. Some may have extra shelves underneath the main base. Other may include drawers for extra storage. Keep these things in mind when placing your table. You may need more room to open a drawer fully.
TRY IT OUT
The best way to choose the right centre table height and size is to see it in action. Use some removable painter’s tape to measure out space in front of your sofa. Make sure your room can put up with the extra space you’ll need around the piece.
On last words, it’s better to try it out first before spending the money on the wrong centre table for your space.
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