I'm on the hunt for a new coffee table and have realised in looking around these come in zillions of shapes, sizes, materials, styles etc.  Round and wooden? Brass legs with a glass top? Drawers or no drawers? A coffee table can make or break the look of a living room, so it's something that takes careful consideration.

Here's a few pointers if you are considering a new coffee table purchase...

Size & Shape
Round coffee tables can work well in a smaller boxy room, where as a rectangular coffee table will look best in a long narrow room.  Also think about the visual impact you want to make.  Books stacked on a coffee table can look stylish, but you'll want a wide low coffee table for this look.

As a general rule aim for your coffee table to be 3/4 of the length of your sofa and allow plenty of space to walk around it so that the room doesn't feel cramped.

Glass coffee tables can give a more spacious and contemporary feel to a living room. Or if you are looking for a more traditional feel then opt for a wooden table with decorative features.

This is particularly important for me with a small child, I like to move our coffee table to the side of the room for playtime in the day. Light weight or wheeled coffee tables suit me perfectly!

Built in Storage
Definitely something to consider if you have a small living room and you're strapped for storage.  Perfect for storing unsightly clutter such as remotes, magazines, newspapers.

My first stop for anything for my home is John Lewis, they always have affordable and stylish homeware. Check out their coffee tables here.

I particularly like this bronze one, I think it would compliment the orange accents in my living room perfectly! It has a very sleek, contemporary feel to it.

Good luck with your hunt! x