How to Match a Coffee Table to Your Sectional

Matching a coffee table to your sectional sofa

There’s a lot to love about sectional sofas. They’re a great alternative to the more traditional sofa and loveseat combination while providing just as much, if not more, seating. Plus, they’re hands down super snuggly.

However, when a sectional is not paired with the right coffee table, the result can be off-putting and have a major effect on the overall look and feel of your room. Here are our best tips for matching a coffee table to your sectional.

To make your space feel balanced, choose a coffee table that feels proportionate to the size and scale of your sectional. Height, width and visual weight are all important factors to consider. Think about it: an oversized coffee table just feels right parked in front of a large, overstuffed sectional — and it’s big enough to accommodate all who sit at your sectional. Conversely, a modern, clean-lined sectional pairs well with a slimmer coffee table, such as one with a metal base or an acrylic style.

We recommend leaving 14-18 inches of space between the edge of your sofa and the coffee table

Matching a coffee table to your sectional sofa

For L-shaped sectionals, make sure your coffee table doesn’t extend beyond the arm of your sofa on either end. If one of the sides juts out past the sofa, it can make the room feel imbalanced and block the flow of traffic. To that end, if you’ve got a loveseat-sofa combination, try a rectangular sized table, where the shallow width is proportionate to the loveseat side of your sectional.

Matching a coffee table to your sectional sofa

If both sides of your sectional are the same length, opt for a large square table that’s more likely to fit within the space and is easily accessible to everyone seated.

Matching a coffee table to your sectional sofa

Round coffee tables are a great option for sectionals, especially U-shaped sectionals. Their circular shape creates space in tight quarters and is easier to navigate around, especially when surrounded by seating. Their lack of sharp corners makes them a good choice for families with young kids, too. And as far as good design goes, it’s nice to create a little juxtaposition of shapes between the furniture in your living room space.   

Matching a coffee table to your sectional sofa

Alternatively, a large ottoman or two small upholstered ottomans bunched together can pull double duty as a table and extra seating. Just add a tray to corral the usual coffee table odds and ends and for holding drinks. A great family-room option, the comfort factor is high: the upholstered furniture adds softness and it gives you a place to kick your feet up. But you do want to break up all that fabric with contrasting color. For example, if your sectional is upholstered in a light fabric, go darker with your ottoman. Or, choose a fun color or pretty pattern that will draw guests in.

Matching a coffee table to your sectional sofa

So before you buy a coffee table for your sectional, assess your space and even take a few measurements. As long as you keep our tips in mind and buy what you love, you’ll be happy with your new furniture arrangement.

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About the Author:

Patricia Palermo
Patricia Palermo has been writing about home décor and design since 1999, which is when she first learned the term faux bois. She's passionate about helping others find their design style, because she believes with a little know-how and inspiration, anyone can decorate with confidence. Patricia has a degree in Journalism and lives in Atlanta with her husband and four-year-old twins.

11 Comments

  1. Juliet May 5, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply
     

    hello,

    I have a curved charcoal sectional sofa and I need a coffee table, what will be the right shape? thank you

    • Annika Dupree June 5, 2017 at 12:22 pm - Reply
       

      Juliet,
      We would love to help you with your living space! We offer a free service in which our interior designers help pick out furniture, fabric,and accessories. Just send them your question and a picture of the space here, and a designer will reach out to you with a design plan!

  2. Kim March 12, 2017 at 3:40 pm - Reply
     

    If I have a 124″ size sectional (sofa/sofa combo measuring same on both sides) what size coffee table should I look for? A square shape?

    • Annika Dupree June 5, 2017 at 12:41 pm - Reply
       

      Kim,
      We would love to help you with picking out a coffee table! We offer a free service in which our interior designers help pick out furniture, fabric, and accessories! Just send in your question and a picture of your room here, and a designer will reach out to you with your design plan!

    • Annika Dupree June 5, 2017 at 1:03 pm - Reply
       

      Kim,
      We would love to help you pick out a coffee table! We offer a free design service in which our interior designers help pick out furniture, fabric, and accessories! Just send in your question and a picture of the room here, and a designer will reach out to you with a design plan!

  3. Andrea March 7, 2017 at 8:08 pm - Reply
     

    If I have a 120×120 sectional sofa, what size coffee table works best? I’m thinking round? Pls advise, tks!

    • Annika Dupree June 5, 2017 at 12:52 pm - Reply
       

      Andrea,
      We would love to help you pick out a coffee table! We offer a free service in which our interior designers help pick out furniture, fabric,and accessories! Just send them your question along with a picture of the room here, and a designer will reach out to you with a design plan!

  4. Lorelei September 16, 2016 at 2:52 pm - Reply
     

    Hello. Can you tell me the pattern used on the ottoman in the fifth picture down?

  5. Kim b September 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm - Reply
     

    Where can I find that couch? LOVE it!

    • How to Decorate
      How to Decorate September 16, 2016 at 8:47 am - Reply
       

      Kim,
      Which one? All of these sofas can be found here. But let us know which one you’re looking at and we’ll direct you to the correct place.

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