4 Expert Tips To Choose A Coffee Table Set

Usually, when you think of a coffee table, it's a simple lone purchase. But whole coffee table sets can give your space some easy design cohesion. In order to figure out which style is best for you and your home, below we'll cover the types, materials, shapes and how many pieces you should get in coffee table sets.

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Which types of coffee table sets are best?

To get a good idea of which kinds of sets you have to choose from, below are the main types. 

  • Nesting tables: This type of set has one main table and usually one other table that can slide out from under the first table. Some nesting tables have three pieces. These are good for if you have extra company over from time to time and could use more tables for serving. 

  • Multiple table types: Sets like this have multiple tables, all with different uses. For instance, a set might have a coffee table, an end table and a console table.

  • Coffee table and two end tables: The most common type of coffee table set is one coffee table with two matching end tables. The end tables look great set on either side of a sofa that sits in front of the coffee table. It's an easy way to get some coordination in a living room.

Black Nesting Coffee Table
Marble Nesting Table Set with Gold Frame
Triangle 2 Piece Nesting Tables
Single Classic Wooden Coffee Table Set
Grey Wood Coffee Table Set
3 Piece Coffee Table Set
Wooden 3 Piece Coffee Table Set
Metal and Cherry Wood Coffee Table Set
Metal and Wood 2 Piece Coffee Table Set
Grey Wood and Silver Metal Legs Coffee Table
Metal and Glass Round Coffee Table Set
Golden Metal and Glass Coffee Table Set
Geometric Retro Coffee Table Set
Oval Glass and Wood Coffee Table Set
Glass and Grey Wood Coffee Table Set
Retro 3 Piece Coffee Table Set
Glass and Wood Legs Coffee Table Set
Big Rustic Coffee Table

What shape to choose in a coffee table set and where to place it?

You also have a few options when it comes to the shape of coffee table sets. One of the most common shapes is a long, rectangular coffee table and square-shaped end tables. These look great around a classic sofa setting, where you place the coffee table in front of the sofa and the end tables to each side of the sofa. Square end tables also look great next to chairs. 

It's also common to find round coffee tables and end tables. These look good around shorter sofas, since the round coffee table doesn't cover as much space lengthwise. Though if the coffee table is more oblong, you could use a longer sofa style. Round end tables can also be placed anywhere more easily, since they don't have straight edges that make them look like they should be placed alongside something.

Some sets have a little more diversity in shape. You might have a square coffee table, a square end table and a rectangular console table. In this case, the coffee table goes in the center of a sitting area. The end table can be next to a chair or sofa, or off against a wall. The console table looks best when placed against a wall.

Simple Wooden Rectangular Coffee Table Set
Silver Elegant Square Coffee Table Set
Round Coffee Table Set
Round Nesting Coffee Table Set
Grey Wood Rectangular Coffee Table
Free Form Coffee Table Set

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