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Living Room Design: Coffee Table vs. Ottoman

Posted by Mandi Bugatti on

One of the questions we get all the time here at Savvy Discount Furniture is “Should I get an ottoman or a coffee table?” Our recommendations start with finding out what other furniture it will be paired with and how much available space you have. If you have an apartment sectional with a chaise, something small and round would be a good match. If you have a sofa and loveseat in a larger living room, something with more visual weight would be appropriate.

Your design taste and lifestyle are factors as well. If you have a little one learning to walk, an ottoman will be softer in case of a fall. If you have pets, a chrome and glass table won’t attract hair and it’s not as tempting to be chewed on. For easy decluttering, a storage ottoman would be an excellent choice. All great things to keep in mind as we go through the pros and cons of choosing a coffee table or ottoman.

Coffee Table

coffee table provides a flat surface that makes it easier to place food and drinks on without spills. The table top surfaces are usually made of wood or glass, so if a spill does occur, it wipes up easily. If you don’t have a lot of space, you can choose a coffee table with thinner legs or a glass top and it will take up less space visually to keep the feeling light.

Most coffee tables do not have storage available, so items that you place in your living room will be visible. If you happen to run into your coffee table, it’s going to hurt a bit more than an ottoman would. Lastly, you could choose a coffee table with a lift up top to make it easier to work or eat from the sofa.

Ottoman

Ottomans are great if you like to put your feet up while relaxing and don’t have a sofa with a chaise. You can place a tray on your ottoman for drinks, but if something spills it may be harder to clean up the fabric. If you choose a faux leather ottoman, this will be less of a problem.

Ottomans are versatile as well, and can provide storage and extra seating for guests. Choosing an ottoman with a fabric pattern such as botanical, geometric, or even faux fur can help add a personal statement to your decor. They do take up a bit of visual real estate in your space, so the large square ones are best left to larger spaces.

Ready for your new ottoman or coffee table? At Savvy Discount Furniture, we make it easy! Our furniture store in Farmers Branch, TX offers a wide selection of beautiful pieces at low prices. Need it now? Certain items are available for same day delivery in the Dallas area. Call (214) 434-1143 or visit our website to browse the inventory.

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