Lately I've been giving a lot of thought to breaking an unwritten decor rule: that a sofa be accompanied by a coffee table. In my home, our coffee table is nearly as long as our sofa and eats up a lot of floor space in our small living room. The room is our children's primary play area so this would open up more space and also make the room feel larger by simply having less furniture to look at. To get my husband on board with the idea I compiled a visual exhibit of others who eschew the coffee table:
Most, but not all, of these living rooms are also small so I suspect that was the primary factor in these homeowners' choice to go without a coffee table. Some have used end tables and/or poufs to perform some of the functions of a coffee table.
If you, too, skipped a coffee table - how's it working out?