Good Questions: A Coffee Table to Compliment My Chair?

Good Questions: A Coffee Table to Compliment My Chair?

Gregory Han
Dec 17, 2008

Dear AT, We have a great little Midcentury modern home and we're adding more and more "classics" when we can afford them. We've just purchased the Eames Molded Plywood Lounge chair in Walnut and it seems absolutely dwarfed by our massive Ikea coffee table. The Lounge chair is just so low that it seems to be lost in the room next to the white table...

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I'm looking for a good alternative - should it be round? Should it be glass or acrylic? I've been contemplating the CB2 "Peekaboo" coffee table but I think it's too big for our space and I'm concerned about scratches! Apartment Therapy to the rescue please!! Thanks for your time, Megan

Megan, congrats with the new Eames Molded Plywood Lounge chair. We completely agree with your assessment about the Ikea coffee table being a poor match with the lower profile of the chair. Whether you go round or square seems less of an issue than the point of picking a coffee table that sits at a height compatible with your seating. We also see an opportunity to bring in a bit more colour like you have with the addition of a walnut chair, as the clear acrylic table may result in a room filled with too similar of a palette since the table would give a view of the neutral tone rug below.

Ideally, you would consider saving up for something like a Saarinen Low Oval Coffee Table (here's one on the cheap, but that needs work) with a walnut veneer or maybe something square-minimal like this Mott Modern Coffee Table which sits low while providing a sufficient surface area to span the space between your sofa and your chair. Of course, with some time and patience, perhaps you could find a vintage piece, like this wonderful vintage coffee table from Swank in St. Paul, shown here.

And I'm sure many of our readers have their own opinions of tables that would match your decor and layout (and remember, you can always move things around too). Readers...any other suggestions?

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