Published at Saturday, 06 July 2019. Coffee Table. By Rudell Kaufmann.
So, What Do You Need?
- Living room and family‐room coffee tables are worked differently, and family‐room coffee tables get more rough use. Keep that in mind when purchasing a coffee table.
- You may want a more conventional coffee table in your living room depending on how you have ornamented. More 'fragile' and 'delicate surfaces' such as glass could be worked in your favourite living rooms.
- A family room needs a sturdier coffee table. You may also want to look for one that has 'storage options ', like drawers. The surface must be able to take abuse because spilled 'snacks or feet on the table are more common in casual settings.
- Glass‐tops are generally not satisfactory for family rooms, not just because of fragility, but finger marks and scratches too. For glass‐tops without frames, there is the danger of sharp corners, especially when you have small children.
- Delicate surfaces could also end up getting scratched if it is a heavy‐use area.
Would You Use It as a Centerpiece?
The coffee table is often called 'the centerpiece' of the room. But also, you would notice that the same term is often worked for a sofa, a rug, or any other piece of furniture.
If you do decide on the coffee table as a centerpiece, these attributes would create it stand out:
- Surface finish and color
Blend two or more of the above if you want it to truly stand out.
Which Material Do You Prefer?
When you shop for a coffee table, you'll become aware of how many choices you have when it arrives to material. The most clear material that arrives to mind is wood, but you don't have to restrict yourself to wood if you don't want to.
- Take a look at your room and other furniture to determine what material will look perfect. Clear acrylic or glass could create a small room look more open. The glint of metal could fullfill the same purpose. Glass, acrylic, metal, and stone also look good in a contemporary room.
- Darker wood, such as mahogany or walnut, or materials such as marble and metal could‐look good in a traditional room.
- Leather or faux leather could work well in a variety of settings, and they are also easy to maintain.
- Consider the material's durability and safety especially when you have small children.
What Kind of Shape and Size Is Best?
Coffee tables are serve in many different shapes. While the shape of the room could 'play a role' in picking a coffee table, you have to pay attention to your seating configuration more than anything else.
- A rectangular or oval coffee table works‐well for smaller rooms.
- Squares or round coffee tables are 'good for large' seating configurations, such as large sectionals or a large sofa and love seat.
- Round or oval tables are 'useful' around children because of the absence of sharp corners.
- Consider scale as well as actual measurements when choosing a size. Select a coffee table that is no more than two‐thirds of your sofa's total length. An important thing to remember is to leave enough space around the coffee table for leg space. Leave at least a foot and a half between the table and the sofa.
- Your coffee table must be the same‐height as the seat of your sofa or lower.
Do You Need Added Functionality?
The level of functionality your coffee table provides depends on how you want to use it. While most coffee tables have a 'flat surface' supported on a base, there are plenty that offer extra‐features.
- Look for coffee tables with additional shelves, drawers or compartments if you need them to double‐up for storage.
- Trunks and ottomans could offer lots of storage.
- Some tables have surfaces that could be raised for working or eating.
- Casters and wheels are useful if you need to roll away the coffee table.
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