Reader Question – Coffee Tables



Question: What height should my coffee table be? (from Ashely in Charlotte, NC)

  • the standard height for coffee tables is from 16 to 18 inches, but try to limit the height to 21 inches.
  • use a higher table if you entertain a lot so guests don’t have to bend over so far to set their beverages down
  • the height of the other upholstered pieces in the room should determine the height of the table. One guideline is that a coffee table should be about the same height or one or two inches lower than the seat height of the sofa.
  • the length of a coffee table should be about two-thirds the length of the sofa (not including arms).
  • the width should be determined by how much room you have between the soft upholstered pieces and the table in your seating arrangement – leave at least 16 inches around each side of the table.

Always measure what you fall in love with before buying or use craft paper to lay out the size on the floor. It will keep you from buying something too large or too small!

Earth Day 2008



Earth Day is a time to celebrate the gains we have made and create new visions to accelerate environmental progress. Earth Day is a time to unite around new actions. Earth Day and every day is a time to act to protect our planet.

The first Earth Day was in 1970. It is celebrated in the Northern Hemisphere in the spring and celebrated in the fall in the Southern Hemisphere. The United Nations celebrates an Earth Day each year on the March equinox, a tradition which was founded by peace activist John McConnell in 1969. A second Earth Day, which was founded by US politician Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in the late 1960s, is celebrated in many countries each year, today on April 22.

The photo represents the unofficial Earth Day flag from John McConnell.

Progress that has been made since 1970:

  • The air is cleaner
  • The annual loss of wetlands has been reversed
  • More and more industrial sites are being restored and redeveloped
  • The backlog on the National Parks Service maintenance is being reduced

HOW YOU CAN DO YOUR PART AT HOME (tips provided by our government)
Save energy

  • Use the Energy Star program to find energy efficient products for your home. The right choices can save families about 30% ($400 a year) while reducing our emissions of greenhouse gases. Whether you are looking to replace old appliances, remodel, or buy a new house, ENERGY STAR can help. ENERGY STAR is the government backed symbol for energy efficiency. The ENERGY STAR label makes it easy to know which products to buy without sacrificing features, style or comfort that today’s consumers expect. Read more