Coffee Table In Our Living Room

I did something quite bold recently.

I put a coffee table in our living room.

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That’s a benefit of having a ton of furniture in your garage. You can just go for it and see what happens.

And it worked.

Those of you that follow me on Instagram saw how I was using a very accurate method to measure our living room for a coffee table.

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Throw pillows.

Since we moved into our house over a year ago I have wanted a coffee table but didn’t know what to do about it.

Our living room presented some complicating factors: our furniture has to be pushed against the walls, which leaves a large open space in the middle, which is also a walkway.

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I thought the only coffee table that would work would be a HUGE one that could be reached from both the sofa and loveseat. Most normal sized-coffee tables would seem so small to scale and like they are just floating in the middle.

I dreamed about this one.

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But y’all. It would be huge. And cost about $200 to make. Which I realize is not that much. But it would be enormous to be reached by both the sofa and loveseat and so block the walkway.

So then I thought about just having a coffee table on the main side of the room. Not floating in the middle, but grounded next to the sofa.

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The hubs carried one in from our garage, and bam. It worked. The room was transformed.

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It feels more cozy and comfortable. Plus, it is! We have a place to prop up our feet and put snacks.

Since this table will be staying, I need to give it a makeover.

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I love the wood pattern on top but it is pretty scratched so I want to strip and re-stain a less-red color. Then I am thinking about painting the legs/base white and give it some good distressing. This gives you a good general idea…

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My hope is that 1 year from now this room will look completely different with new flooring and sofas so I am going for a look with the coffee table that will go with our future plans.

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In the mean time, this room looks tons better and is more functional!

What do you think of our coffee table? Have you had coffee table issues like us before?

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4 thoughts on “Coffee Table In Our Living Room

  1. I would not have my sofas against the wall. And, consider a coffee table that has storage or can act as extra seating when lots of people come.

    • Great ideas! Unfortunately there is no way to not have the sofas against the walls- there’s just not enough room. I also considered other options but we are fortunate to have a large fireplace with seating already around the perimeter. I like how open this table is. But I reserve the right to change my mind as the room evolves! :)

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