10 Tips for Finding the Perfect Coffee Table

HGTV Design Star judge Vern Yip shares helpful hints for choosing the right coffee table for your living room.

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Think Height

A coffee table's height is key. The surface should be about one or two inches lower than your sofa seat. Standard tables are 16 to 18 inches high, but if you have a higher couch or entertain a lot, consider a taller table—20 or 21 inches—so it's easy for guests to set down their dessert plate or cut a piece of cheese. Frasier table, 50\"W x 28\"D x 20\"H, $549, lanefurniture.com for stores

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