Coffee Tables & Side Tables
Central to any living area, coffee tables ground seating arrangements and anchor the small things that breathe life into a space: drinkware and coasters, house plants, decorative objects, candles, and more. Coffee tables are available in a range of styles and sizes. Before you begin shopping, note the size of your space and how many seats – including sofas, armchairs, and side chairs – will surround the coffee table. Ultimately, the best coffee table for your home will provide a convenient surface for seated guests and family members – and it will coincide with your interior design scheme.
Though smaller than traditional coffee tables, side tables function similarly – they offer a convenient surface for beverages, decorative objects, reading material, and more. The key to designing a living space that’s equally functional and unified is to choose coffee tables and side tables that complement each other and the surrounding furniture without overwhelming the space. They should also be able to hold your accessories and decor with a little room to spare, ensuring an uncluttered aesthetic. At Herman Miller, discover modern coffee tables and side tables that blend function with striking form.
Side Table & Coffee Table DesignsAlthough the standard coffee table height is 16 to 18 inches, coffee tables vary widely in design, overall size, and material. Keep in mind, the ideal coffee table height for your living room is two inches lower than the seat height of your sofa. Common coffee table designs include oval or round coffee tables and rectangular or square coffee tables. These may feature standard legs, a pedestal base, or a more abstract frame. Drum coffee tables are designed with no legs. Organically shaped coffee tables are naturally more statement-making than geometric ones. If you’re looking for a coffee table with an organic form, consider those with subtle tabletops, such as a glass coffee table or neutral-toned wood coffee table. Some coffee tables may also feature storage components. These include lift-top coffee tables (which have tabletops that lift to reveal storage space) and coffee tables with storage drawers or cabinets.
Side tables typically have round or square tabletops and are available as individual pieces or in sets of two to flank a sofa. Because they’re often placed beside a sofa, side tables are usually taller than coffee tables. If you’re looking for side tables for your living room, choose designs that are two inches lower than the arms of your sofa. Due to their small nature, decorative side tables are less likely to overwhelm a space. Many pedestal side tables have sculptural silhouettes and feature bold colors or statement materials. Others are more streamlined with basic storage components, like a single drawer or cabinet. Many coffee table designs are available with matching side tables, thereby creating a unified aesthetic in your living room.
Herman Miller Coffee Tables & Side TablesHerman Miller coffee tables comprise a unique collection of designer pieces. The iconic Noguchi table is a sculptural design that combines an organically shaped glass tabletop with a solid wood base in four finishes. Ideal for small spaces, the Noguchi Table’s glass top allows light to pass through, while the sculptural wood base offers visual interest.
The Eames Elliptical Table, also called the surfboard table for its oblong top, is ideal for low-slung seating arrangements. This table’s 10-inch height renders it the perfect pairing for floor cushions or long, low sectionals. Conversely, the I Beam Coffee Table is well-suited to sofas with high seats. This industrial-inspired pedestal coffee table combines a glass top with a powder-coated aluminum base – in the shape of a construction beam – for a modern aesthetic.
Herman Miller side tables are also design-forward. In five distinct shapes, the Hew Side Table collection embodies minimalist sophistication. Simple and functional, the Don’t Leave Me Side Table is a lightweight steel pedestal side table with a built-in handle for portability. The I Beam Side Table, a scaled down version of the I Beam Coffee Table is made entirely of powder-coated cast-aluminum for easy transportation. From coffee tables to side tables, Herman Miller offers a wide assortment of surfaces for your living room, home office, and more. Plus, if you’re looking for storage solutions for your living space, shop living room storage at Herman Miller.