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How Far From the Sofa Should the Coffee Table Be?

Because coffee tables are placed directly in front of couches and love seats, it is important to keep in mind the people who will be sitting near them. You need to allow enough room for the people sitting there to put their legs comfortably between the couch and the table.

Leg Room Is Necessary

Because coffee tables are placed directly in front of couches and love seats, it is important to keep in mind the people who will be sitting near them. You need to allow enough room for the people sitting there to put their legs comfortably between the couch and the table.

The Table Should Be Within Reach

The coffee table's primary function is to hold things for your family and guests, like snacks or drinks. For this reason, the coffee table should be easily within reach of the arms of anyone sitting on the couch. You don't want to have to strain and stretch over one another to reach your food.

Bottom Line

"To create a comfortable seating area," says Canadian House and Home magazine, "you should have 16 inches to 18 inches of space all around your coffee table." This allows people adequate room while still being able to reach the table comfortably. (If have have a long-legged family, you may want to increase that distance.)

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