Your driftwood coffee table should be just over half the size of your sofa when centered. This will create a cohesive look instead of your furniture appearing mismatched. If the table is for a large living room, between 50-60 inches is a good size. For rooms with less space, size down your coffee table. However, don't go for a table measuring less than 30 inches unless you really must, as this will make your coffee table look like an end table. The same goes for the top of a coffee table, too. Alyssa Kapito recommends always choosing a table that's no less than 2-3 inches lower than your sofa. Otherwise, the height disparity will look odd, especially if you have a plump or thickly cushioned sofa.
The shape of your driftwood coffee table will need to fit in with the space you have. Round coffee tables are usually smaller and therefore more suited to open plan or studio apartment living rooms. On the other hand, a rectangular driftwood coffee table can create a dramatic statement in your living room, as rectangular shapes give you the scope to go larger. Rectangular driftwood tables also often have more complicated driftwood bases. Per Amy Lau, a rectangular coffee table will emphasize the driftwood aspect of your table more. A square coffee table can achieve a similar thing if it is oversized, as the majority of square coffee tables are on the smaller side. Additionally, think about your other furniture. A round coffee table will look out of place with an oversized sofa and vice versa.
As driftwood is a special type of wood, it requires a few steps to keep it looking as fresh as possible. Some driftwood coffee tables will come with a varnish or oil sealant coating, in which case you don't need to re-varnish. If not, a protective coating is key in ensuring the driftwood doesn't rot. Again, if you are buying a driftwood table from a professional buyer, you don't have to worry about pre-cleaning. You should, however, clean it with a small bleach and water solution from time to time. This will keep driftwood fresh. Just make sure you dilute it properly, as you may rub the protective coating off. If a driftwood coffee table has a glass top, you will need to maintain it with specialist glass cleaner so smears don't form.
For a rustic look, Rayman Boozer recommends choosing a driftwood coffee table that has a unique, unbleached design. This will fit in well with cottage and lodge décor schemes, too, as driftwood naturally has a rugged look. For a modern home, a glass top is a good way to update the look of driftwood whilst still keeping its rustic essence. A glass top is also a particularly popular choice for round driftwood coffee tables, as the top lets you see the driftwood below from several angles. A few driftwood tables also have iron legs, which are perfect for industrial homes. In general, the thinner the legs, the more modern a table will look, though stylish hairpin legs can also add retro flair.