Choosing the right coffee table to beautifully complement an L-shaped sofa requires careful consideration of dimensions, placement, proportions and style. A well-scaled and matched table anchors the seating, maximizes functional space and brings your living room decor together into a cohesive look.
Take Key Measurements
Take detailed measurements of your existing L-shaped sofa to find a properly sized coffee table match:
- Measure the overall length and depth of the entire L-shape sofa from end to end. Capture the full footprint.
- Note precise dimensions of the individual components like chaise or corner segments that make up the shape.
- Measure any tight walkways, entrances or openings around the sofa configuration. Leave breathing room.
- Measure existing coffee tables you’re considering reusing. Know specifically what has fit well before.
- Use masking tape to outline potential new coffee table dimensions directly on the floor. Visualize fit.
Consider the Shape
Match the shape of the coffee table to the layout of the L-shaped sofa and space:
- Rectangular tables positioned parallel to the sofa’s linear sections elongate the space visually.
- Square or circular tables offset the right angles of an L-shape, softening the corners.
- Oval, curved oval or kidney shaped tables also help soften 90-degree corners of the L-shape.
- For modularity, look for square coffee tables with rounded corners to tie shapes together.
- Custom cut tables can be ordered to precisely fit unconventional L-shape edges or wall outlines.
- Kidney bean-shaped tables utilize dead space by centering on the open ends of outward facing L’s.
Mind the Clearances
Be sure to leave adequate walking clearance around the coffee table:
- Allow 12-18 inches of clearance on all sides so traffic flows freely with no tight squeezes.
- Avoid blocking main walking lanes that lead to entrances, exits or high traffic areas.
- Ensure enough leg room between the edge of the coffee table and sofa or chairs. Around 2 feet is comfortable.
- Check that any L-shape reclining functions are not limited or blocked by the size of the coffee table.
- Let longer, rectangular coffee tables overhang the ends of the sofa slightly for drink and remotes access.
Placement of the coffee table is key to pulling the L-shaped sofa together:
- Angle the coffee table to connect the split sections of an L-shape sofa, bridging the gap.
- Float the coffee table centrally to connect multiple focal points like standalone chairs or side tables.
- Tuck the coffee table right next to the sofa within arms reach for convenience and coziness.
- Set the coffee table behind the corner bend of the L-shape as a second tier surface.
- Ensure the table doesn’t block views to the TV, fireplace or other living space focal points from seat positions.
Make sure the coffee table’s style elements complement your decor:
- Match wood tones, metal finishes, and color palettes between the table and L-shaped sofa.
- Compare modern, midcentury or contemporary styles between sofa and table for cohesion.
- Contrast dark flooring and rugs with lighter coffee tables and sofas or vice versa.
- Tie together accent metals between both pieces like brass sofa feet and glass table bases.
- Unify sofas and tables from the same collections for an instantly pulled together look.
- Align glossy, matte or textured touches like woven accents in both the table and sofa.
Carefully weighing these factors will lead to a creatively chosen coffee table that enhances both the form and function of your L-shaped sofa. Measure twice and style thoughtfully!