Measure your furniture BEFORE you go out to shop for coffee and end tables.
Carol Ann Makely, an interior designer for La-Z-boy, shares what you need to know in order to purchase coffee and end tables that are sized just right for your room.
“Most clients come into our store with no idea of what they need. I think more buy the wrong size and height and have to live 15 years with their mistake, no one and I mean no salesperson will tell you to go home and measure and come back so we can find you the right piece, because you might not come back!
So, come prepared. Measure the width of the seating area of your sofa (between the arms) and measure the height to the seat, you will need these measurements to purchase the right width of coffee table and height.
Follow these guidelines:
End tables should be 1 to 2 inches lower than sofa or chair arm.
Width of coffee table is no more than 3/5 ths between the arms of sofa.
Height of coffee table is not lower than 3 inch difference to height of seat (if not the ergonomics of the pieces will be off and feel and look wrong).”
Do the end tables have to match?
Not according to decorator Alexa Hampton. She shared her opinion recently in the Wall Street Journal regarding the importance of similar heights and mixing silhouettes.
Secondly, I think about lamps. If I am using a pair of lamps, I feel that while the end tables needn’t be a pair, they must be the same height. It would look odd to have identical lamps with one raised up high and one sagging down below.
Finally, at either end of a sofa, it can be quite nice to mix silhouettes. I like to put a round table at one side and a square at the other. It provides interest and personality and shakes up any sense of rote formula.”
So, be sure you take your dimensions with you shopping, so that you end up with tables that are sized just right for your room; and keep in mind that it’s ok, and even recommended, to mix things up a bit.
As always, we hope you find this consignment tip helpful.