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Power Couples: Sofas and Coffee Tables

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Back by popular demand, we have another edition in our “Power Couples” series. In case you missed the first few (dining tables/chairs, beds/nightstands, chandeliers/sconces, desks/office chairs) be sure to check those out. But if you are new to the series then let me give you a little background before we dive in. We started the power couples series to help take some of the stress and anxiety out of the furniture buying process for you. Because, well, there is nothing worse than buying a coffee table that you love and a sofa that you love and then finding out that they may stylistically look good together but functionally or scale-wise they don’t work.

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Not only can it be a costly mistake, but realizing that your new coffee table is 4 inches too short for the scale of your sofa after they have been delivered and unpacked in your living room is a total bummer. So – let me introduce you to 34 combinations of sofas and coffee tables that are 100% guaranteed to look good together. This means the colors, scales, styles, and finishes have been stared at for a long time by the EHD crew, and we have made sure that you can buy knowing that there won’t be an issue.

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When it comes to selecting the perfect coffee table for your sofa and visa versa there are a few rules that you should remember. Your coffee table should be at least half the width of your sofa (if not more). Typically you will want to find something that is 2/3rds the length of your sofa. Next, you will want to make sure that your coffee table is no shorter than 4″ from the seat of your sofa. That means if you measure from the floor to the sofa seat and it is 16″ your coffee table should be no shorter than 12″ tall. Just as the right heels make the dress, the right coffee table can make the sofa. So without further ado, here are 34 combos that we pulled together that are all available online and ready for your buying pleasure.

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1. Ridley Sofa & Burl Wood Pivot Coffee Table | 2. Jack Loveseat & Metalwork Coffee Table | 3. Belgian Track Arm Slipcovered Sofa & Eyre Coffee Table | 4. Abby Sofa & Polygon Wire Table | 5. Patterson Mid-Century Relaxed Sofa & Mod Coffee Table | 6. Modern Chesterfield Leather Sofa & Richard’s Trunk Coffee Table  | 7. Sven Charme Tan Sofa & Reeve Mid-Century Oval Coffee Table | 8. Wyatt Sofa & Olivia Coffee Table | 9. Stratus Fabric Sofa & Hawthorn Coffee Table | 10. Redding Mid-Century Sofa & Granby Hammered Barrel Coffee Table | 11. Rose Sofa & Lily Coffee Table | 12. Mara Sofa & Bower Coffee Table  | 13. Chamberlin Velvet Sofa & Peekaboo Acrylic Tall Coffee Table | 14. Belgian Classic Shelter Arm Upholstered Sofa & Burnished Wood Coffee Table | 15. Maxwell Sofa & Saarinen Low Oval Coffee Table | 16. Velvet Kettleby Sofa & Surfboard Coffee Table | 17. Taylor Velvet SofaCroftshire Coffee Table | 18. Melrose Sofa & Robbins Mid-Century Storage Coffee Table | 19. Monroe Mid-Century Sofa & Brass Parabola Coffee Table | 20. Cigar Rawhide Brown Sofa & Element Ivory White Rectangular Coffee Table | 21. Equestrian Sofa Black & Uptown Coffee Table | 22. Pepe Sofa & Mid-Century Metal Slat Bench | 23. Stewart Sofa & Semisfera Coffee Table | 24. Stockholm 2017 Sofa & Porter Mid-Century Coffee Table | 25. Caitlin Sofa & Terrace Coffee Table  | 26. Burrard Seasalt Sofa & Vejmon Coffee Table | 27. Barton Sofa & Blake Raffia Rectangular Coffee Table | 28. Nest Sofa & Panorama Display Coffee Table | 29. Rhys Settee & Bates Drum Coffee Table | 30. Slub Velvet Leonelle Sofa & Graydon Shagreen Square Coffee Table | 31. Neva Sofa & Nemus Coffee Table | 32. Carson Leather Sofa & Mid-Century Art Display Coffee Table | 33. Soderhamn Sofa & Seraphina Coffee Table | 34. Gustav Loveseat & Leona Glass Metal Rectangular Coffee Table 

Have any favorites? Have you tried any of these out before or is there anything we should know about any of the pieces we pulled together? We love hearing your thoughts! Let us know below and let us know what you want to see next.

***Photos by Tessa Neustadt and David Tsay

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  2. I’d love to see sectionals and coffee table pairings… I am currently searching for one, but have no idea what proportions would be best to fit!

    1. me too!

    2. me too

    3. Haha, me too! Especially ones that can stand up to feet and snacks in the family room:)

    4. me too! I have a sofa/chaise combo, and I have no idea what to pick to go with it….round table to cut down on the straight lines of the sofa? Please help!

      1. Yes! That’s what I have. And then a loveseat, so it basically forms a U shape. I’ve been using the cala coffee table from world market…it looks small, but nything bigger would be hard to move around to get seated.

    5. That’s what I came on to say. I’m on my second coffee table with my sectional and something still doesn’t look right….

    6. Me three!!

    7. Me 14! Haha, I am so glad I am not the only one with this desire. In my heart I feel like a circular coffee table is what I should do but options are scarce.

    8. Me too! I’d love some tips for this, please help us!

    9. me too! my current coffee table does not look good with my sectional and am looking to replace the table, but not sure about what shape to get – help!

    10. AGREE! Or maybe do a design mistakes? I always think about curtain length and rug size now that I know the rules. I just bought my first chaise sofa and I have no idea what size or shape coffee table to buy and a google search turned up NOTHING. We need ax expert to speak up! help meeeeee

  3. I love the tables in the first and third photos! Can you list those sources ??

  4. Wow, such great combos, #13 and #22 are my faves!

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  5. Would have loved to see a sectional in there. I have a light grey Peggy sectional from West Elm and have always struggled with the right coffee table. I feel like a lot of America has sectionals. This could be a very handy tip for us!

  6. I second the request for sectional and coffee table pairings. Even if it isn’t a full roundup, knowing some proportions would be really helpful! Just like at the beginning of the post where it specifies that the coffee table should be 2/3 the length of the couch and no more than 4” shorter than the seat, how does this apply to sectionals?

    1. Add me as a +1 for this request! I have a chaise sectional and while my standard rectangular coffee table looks fine, I want to a comfy chair to the room and a round coffee table. I struggle with the proportions of a round table. My sofa is 9ft long, and most round tables seem to be 36″, which seems quite undersized. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

      1. *to add a comfy chair. Typed too fast and missed a word 🙂

      2. I also struggled with this exact issue… we just recently bought a round table that has a slightly smaller nesting table under it. I’m a little biased of course, but i feel like its the best option we have found. Its nice having the ability to make it ‘longer’ or pull one table towards the comfy chair or just tuck it away when the couch is full of people so you have more leg room. https://www.allmodern.com/Masuda-Nesting-Coffee-Table-BRSD6236.html comes in a few color options too

        Though id love to see a roundup from EHD and see what other options there are =)

    2. bandwagon for sectionals. For those interested, chrislovesjulia.com – their basement u shaped sectional with a round coffee table seems to work well.

  7. oh my gosh!! I literally scoured your website for coffee table round-ups on Sunday — perfect timing! so glad you did this post! thank you!!

  8. Having a great dane in a small house really puts a damper on my decoarting fun. No coffe table for me because of his giant 4 legged self.

  9. Great pairings. How about a sofa and ottoman/soft bench round up? We love to put our feet up while watching TV.

  10. #20, #23 and #29 are gooooood, but they all are! I recently had a local guy make a pretty basic coffee table for me (similar to #27), and then I had the top upholstered (I’m in the baby making/family building phase of life). It ended up being only a little more expensive than one I found and loved on Wayfair. It worked out nice since I get give the guy exact measurements that worked with my couch.

  11. Emily,

    1, 6, and 32 were my faves! We have a problem – my husband is 6’3″ and can’t seem to find an office setup that doesn’t give him all kinds of pain. We tried a standup desk and that gave him feet problems. His regular sitting desk gives him neck pain. Have you thought about writing a post about office comfort and setup to avoid aches and pains?

  12. Love these! I would also appreciate suggestions for sectionals as well! 😀

  13. Great post, thanks. Just wondering, how do the rules you have apply to sectionals?

    I have an amazing vintage coffee table I bought with my current sofa. The sofa turned out to be horribly uncomfortable and I’m considering replacing it with a sectional but I can’t bare to part with my coffee table. So I would love to be able to use these rules to look for a replacement sectional that would work with the current table. Thanks!

  14. Currently searching for a new couch and coffee table; posts like these are such a life-saver. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You guys (and these picks) are amazing. And such a great variety of affordable and higher end items.

  15. What do you recommend for the sofa with a chaise attached? I feel like I really can only have a round coffee table approximately 30″ diameter.

  16. Would also love to see a sofa chaise sectional pairing!

  17. I have a very rectangular sofa – like 7, 19 and my side chairs are also very boxy – Would you agree that this should be offset by a round / oval / organic coffee table… so that i dont feel like im living in a lego set up!?!

  18. These are all serious power couples! I’m dying for a navy couch in our house!

    Paige
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  19. Oh, so many good ones! What fun! I like 1, 2, 3, 9, 12, 13, 20, 28. Going to have to remember this candelabra site. 😀

    I have a chesterfield and I paired it with a round table. What happened to me is exactly what you mentioned–it arrived and was too small ( I honestly didn’t measure. It LOOKED big on the site. Rookie move). But I went with it! It was a Moorish brass table. Perhaps the vintage oval spider leg variety would have been better!

  20. I HAVE THAT BLUE SOFA FROM THE FIRST PHOTO !!

    This is validation if I ever saw it. I feel so proud !

    The round-up is amazing. I wish I were in the market for a coffee table, because so many options are covetable… but, I have a beautiful and expensive coffee table already and I try to declutter my house, or at least not clutter it more. Am I the only one to dream I have a new room opening right into my house so I have more space to have fun with ?

    1. Where is the blue sofa from 1st photo from? LOVE IT!

  21. You wrote that tables should not be 4″ shorter than the sofa; what about taller? I need your help.

  22. Coffee table numer 9 is one of my favorite. It looks like hedgehog lying on his back 😀

  23. I fell in love with the first photo. Wonderful live colors. Carpet and accessories are wonderful. I would like to be such an home expert one day 😀

  24. I too have the sectional issue!!! Please help!

  25. Love, love, love the power couple series and refer to it often in my decorating adventures. Thank you so much for putting all the effort and time into paring all the couples so perfectly!

  26. Nice article, I love the tables in the first and third photos, and the first, green sofa! Check out sofas and tables on https://www.swanns.com/

  27. When it comes to selecting the perfect coffee table for your sofa and visa versa there are a few rules that you should remember. Your coffee table should be at least half the width of your sofa (if not more). Typically you will want to find something that is 2/3rds the length of your sofa. Next, you will want to make sure that your coffee table is no shorter than 4″ from the seat of your sofa. That means if you measure from the floor to the sofa seat and it is 16″ your coffee table should be no shorter than 12″ tall. Just as the right heels make the dress, the right coffee table can make the sofa. So without further ado, here are 34 combos that we pulled together that are all available online and ready for your buying pleasure.

    1. Ridley Sofa & Burl

  28. The Carpet of 1st picture is cute, i love that; the sofa is also beautiful

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  30. How did I not know until now I needed a plaid sofa?

  31. Oh, where or where is the colorful rug from in the image with the live edge coffee table! MUST HAVE! 🙂

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  33. Hi Emily! Would it be possible to know where that gorgeous rug is from (the one at the very top under the title of your post?) I love all of the colors and want one exactly like that for my basement.

    Thank you 🙂

  34. Yes! That’s what I have. And then a loveseat, so it basically forms a U shape. I’ve been using the cala coffee table from world market…it looks small, but nything bigger would be hard to move around to get seated.

  35. When it comes to selecting the perfect coffee table for your sofa and visa versa there are a few rules that you should remember. Your coffee table should be at least half the width of your sofa (if not more). Typically you will want to find something that is 2/3rds the length of your sofa. Next, you will want to make sure that your coffee table is no shorter than 4″ from the seat of your sofa

  36. I love the white slipcovered sofa on page 78 of your book. Can you share the source?