There is no multi-tasker like a coffee table. They're on the job 24/7 whether you need a spot to place your glass, display fresh flowers, stack a pile of coffee table books, eat some dinner in front of the TV, set out hors d'oeuvres for guests, light some pillar candles in the evening or just put your feet up.
As a rule, we think the height of your coffee table should be close to the height of your sofa seat, give or take a few inches. Most coffee tables are around 18" high. And it should be between 50% and 75% the length of the sofa, to maintain proportion in the room. Be sure everyone in the seating area can reach it and also walk around it. Here are our top 16 current faves. Which one catches your eye?