How much effort do you put into selecting a coffee table? It may seem like an afterthought to a room, but I think it’s much more than that. The coffee table or ottoman is very important in my mind because it sits front and center in the living room. It’s in front of your sofa, so even if it’s smaller than your sofa, it’s in front of it, and in the center. Typically your eye goes to the coffee table as you look at the sofa. The best coffee table is one that is properly sized for the space, visually pleasing, functional for what you need it to do, and something that works with the overall design of the room.
It’s so important, that we did an entire podcast episode all about coffee tables. You can listen below. We talk about what to look for, and how to choose the best one for you. To see our favorite coffee tables with shoppable links CLICK HERE.
The reason I’ve been thinking of new coffee tables, is that I recently got a new coffee table at the city house, CLICK HERE, so that means I need to decide what I’m doing with the old ottoman that we used as a coffee table.
Here is the round ottoman at the city house when it was there.
The nice thing is that if I still have something extra that I love, often I can take it to the farm and use it there. So here are the 3 options I have for the living room at the farm.
Option 1 – square ottoman. The white legs echo the look of the daybed legs and the burlap cover goes with about anything. It’s comfortable and pretty. The downside is that it’s a bit small for the room. It’s always felt undersized to me, but I really love the piece.
Option 2 – wicker trunk I like the trunk in the room, because I love a tall coffee table. I also love the texture it adds to the room. It’s also larger than option 1, so it’s sized better for the room. Since it has a wicker top, it isn’t great for displaying a vignette, but once I added this oversized tray, I had room to display things on the trunk. The tray has tall sides, so it needs tall things in the tray. I like the dark color of the trunk also. I like the option visually a lot. The downside is that you can’t put your feet on the trunk; it’s not comfortable.
Option 3 – round ottoman The round ottoman is sized better than option 1, and it’s more comfortable than option 2. It’s shorter, which some people will prefer. As I mentioned, I prefer a tall coffee table, but there’s nothing wrong with this height. It introduces a new pattern in the room. The downside is that I miss the texture of option 2. I think the fabric isn’t as interesting as the wicker trunk.
So I’m curious which one you prefer. If I chose form over function, then I would prefer the wicker trunk. If I choose function over form, then I would prefer the round ottoman.
In the end, I chose option 3, the round ottoman. That choice was based on the fact that the ottoman is more comfortable, but also because this is the only room where I could use the round ottoman. If I don’t use it here, I’ll have to get rid of it. I also love the trunk, but it’s something that could be used somewhere else. In fact, I moved it to the foot of the bed shown below. I don’t have a photo of the trunk there yet, but it works well there.