Darleen Chandler. Coffee Table. February 13th , 2018.
Having a handy spot for food and drink is not the only reason for a coffee table. Lamps can be placed on coffee or cocktail tables. Coffee or cocktail tables can provide the perfect place to play a rousing game of cards or a favorite board game. For families with small children, coffee tables are the perfect height for meals and playtime. Sharp corners might not be the best choice for children’s use, however.
The Best Coffee Table for You. While that provocative coffee table might look fabulous, if also somewhat unusual, and appear to have been chosen with no apparent reasoning, that could be far from the truth. It takes a good eye to select something that provokes discussion, and it must also be selected to fit in perfectly to the space available for it. Here are some tips on that point: Check the seating height of all the seating in your living room or lounge. Your table must be of a suitable height and if your seating heights are irregular you may need two such tables - one for each set of furniture. There is nothing wrong with using a coffee table only for one sofa which would resolve that problem.
Style & Colour: There are many styles available from very modern, to traditional styles, look for something that complements the room and other furnishings, and a classic glass top will generally be quite safe for those who are unsure. In terms of material, timber works well if you have small timber elements in the rooms, it helps to tie the room together. If you have a large amount of timber already though it can become overwhelmingly ’matchy-matchy’ easily if you select a matching coffee table, break it up with glass with timber legs, or a complimentary timber accessory on top of a poly or glass table. The modern polyurethane options are often suited to buying all one colour; they then form the background for the accessories such as the rug, flowers or prints in the room. If you want to create a beautiful arty display on top look for a simpler style that won’t compete, if you are not so confident with creating bold displays, select more of a statement piece that can become the talking point, a bolder design will ensure your guests don’t think you’re boring!
Another thing to keep in mind when choosing a coffee table is the cost. Think about your habits and how you use your table. Do you like to sit on the sofa with your legs up on the table? Then you will need a square ottoman style table. You need space for storing magazines or other such pieces? You need a table with several drawers or shelves or you can go for one looking like a bottom drawer. Your living room is the meeting place of friends? You need a large table so you can fit lots glasses or cups on it. You want a big meal, but not always have enough space? Choose a "nest" of tables, meaning three tables of different sizes that can be used separately, but can be tidied away beneath one and other.
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