10 cocktail tables you will love and tips on searching for the perfect one!


Consider the Space

The ideal distance from the edge of the sofa to the edge of the table is 18 inches—close enough to reach for your drink or put a magazine down, but far enough to stretch out your legs. People often leave too much or not enough room.


Leave Some Room

Think about your room’s main passageway and leave at least 30 inches from the outer edge of the cocktail table to the media cabinet.


Think Height

A cocktail 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 sofa or entertain a lot, consider a taller table.


Balance Your Style

Strike a balance between your sofa and cocktail table styles. If you have a plush, solid-color sofa, try a glass table on a leggy chrome frame. If your sofa is slim and more streamlined, you’re fine with a chunkier table, maybe one with a thick wood top and solid base.


Try Metal or Glass

Try glass or metal and feel free to mix metals. If your room has a lot of wood in it already, a metal table or a glass table with a metal base can be a nice complement.