What is the Difference Between a Sofa Table, Console Table, & Coffee Table?

By March 31, 2021 July 6th, 2021 Furniture

Modern Sofa Table in a contemporary living room San Fran DesignWhen shopping for furniture, certain pieces are often difficult to differentiate. While the difference between a bed frame and nightstand are easily discernible, the contrast between a sofa and couch may be much more challenging. Our modern furniture experts are often asked about the differences between a sofa table, console table & coffee table, so we thought we should shed some light on the subject. What is a sofa table? Is it actually different from a console table? What makes a coffee table such? Keep reading to find out!

 

What is a Sofa Table?

Modern Sofa Table from San Fran DesignAs the name suggests, a sofa table is designed to be placed against the back of the sofa in a living room. Not only does a sofa table turn dead space into something useful, it often ties an entire living room together, making it look planned & intentional. According to our designers, sofa table décor should vary in size, accentuating the table without making it over-the-top.

A modern sofa table should be tall enough to stand out in the space but should still be low enough to sit behind the sofa. Our experts recommend finding a sofa table that stands approximately an inch below the frame of the sofa.

 

What is a Console Table?

Modern Console Table for a Contemporary Living Room by San Fran DesignA console table is generally considered “standard size” at around 34 inches tall. Console tables are often used in entryways and hallways due to their narrow shape. Our designers love to pair console tables with large mirrors and paintings for an artistic style.

Note: Console tables and buffet tables are often confused for each other. While they may look similar and serve similar purposes, a modern buffet table is designed with storage already built in.

 

What is a Coffee Table?

A coffee table is meant to stand at the center of the living room, in front of the sofa. Both functional and appealing, coffee tables serve many purposes, from soothing aesthetic to convenient tabletop.

 

What are the Differences?

What is the difference between a coffee table & sofa tableSo, how are coffee tables, sofa tables, & console tables different? Does it even matter? The answers may surprise you.

Console tables and sofa tables share more things in common than differences. At first glance, a console and sofa table may look nearly the same side-by-side. With similar shapes and sizes, they are easily confused. The subtle difference between the two primarily lies in their size, as a sofa table should be a few inches shorter than a console table.

In contrast, coffee tables and sofa tables are vastly different. A coffee table belongs in front of a sofa, while a sofa table lies behind the sofa. Coffee tables are also much shorter, yet wider, than sofa tables, and their particular designs are often much different. While usually less adorned than a sofa table or console table, coffee tables can still be the focal point of a space.

 

Should I Look for a High-Quality Sofa Table or Coffee Table?

High Quality Sofa Table & Console Table from San Fran DesignNow that you know the difference between sofa table, console table, and coffee table, the next reasonable question would be “which is best?”. Is it better to spend more money on a high-quality sofa table or a coffee table? According to our furniture experts, the best choice for the money is a sofa table, as there are more options for style and design.

While a coffee table is often the centerpiece of a living room, the sofa table is the real showstopper. After all, its main purpose is to display the homeowner’s unique flair with coordinating décor. Our designers love sofa tables for the endless options for design. A coffee table can only be dressed up a few ways, but a sofa table has limitless possibilities.

Of course, no coffee table, console table, or contemporary sofa table is complete without an actual sofa to accompany them. The wrong combination of sofa and table can make your living space look uncoordinated, disorganized, even unattractive. Luckily, our Utah interior designers are here to help.

 

Modern & Contemporary Sofas at San Francisco Design

Modern & Contemporary Sofas for Your Living Room at San Fran DesignOur expert designers recommend looking for sofas that are both stylish and timeless, able to withstand the test of time while still staying on trend. Modern and contemporary styles accomplish both of these goals. With sleek lines and stunning details, modern sofas are the perfect fusion between the world of fashion and furniture.

Accentuate your coffee table or sofa table with a contemporary sofa from San Francisco Design. We specialize in the highest quality modern sofas on the market. Whether you need a small sofa for your formal living room or a large modern sectional for your family room, we have the styles for you.

To start your search for a modern sofa, coffee table, or contemporary sofa table, shop our living room furniture today! You can also stop by one of our furniture stores in Park City or Salt Lake City to see our styles for yourself.