Coffee tables should be the same height as the surrounding seating with 18 inches being a good average (although it will depend on your furniture). If you select a coffee table with a lip make sure the lip isn’t higher than the adjacent seating or you’ll end up hitting your drink against the lip when you try to set it down. The idea is to put your drink down not up.
A coffee table is many things: a place to set your drink a footrest somewhere to stash the remote and — of course — a beautiful decorative addition to your living room. Or at least it has the potential to be all of these things. Your coffee table can also become a cluttered mess if you aren’t careful or a drab disappointment if you’re scared to get a little creative. To help you achieve style success I’ve put together some helpful guidelines with specific situations so you can master the art of decorating a coffee table.