A coffee table is a low table that is usually placed in front of a sofa. It’s usefulness comes from being able to put your drinks or other beverages on it. It’s also usually the spot where people keep some magazines or books (coffee table books) laying around. An added bonus of the coffee table is that you can put your feet on it after a hard day’s work, and truly enjoy the relaxing comfort of your couch. There’s nothing quite like just hanging back in your couch, remote control in hand, feet on the table, and just flipping the various channels.
Coffee tables can also serve some real decorative purposes. Not only can the design be a real eye-catcher in your room, but you can adorn the top with flowers or little figurines.
A coffee table is usually the centerpiece of a living room. Surrounded by all the other pieces of furniture, it is the perfect item to display some snacks when you’re having a little get-together. Everybody in the room will be able to reach all the goodies you put out. That makes it an excellent piece of furniture for entertaining.
There are an astounding amount of coffee table styles. They come in wood, glass, metal and even stone. Wood coffee tables are the most common. They offer a lot of versatility which is a big reason for it being so popular.
Glass tables tend to look very chic. They are for those with a refined taste. Glass coffee tables are very easy to clean, but if you really want to avoid circles left behind by glasses, put coasters on the table. When you buy a glass coffee table, make sure it’s made of tempered glass. Tempered glass splinters into many tiny fractions when it’s broken, so there’s a lot less danger of somebody getting hurt.
Metal is for those looking for a modern style coffee table. They are extremely durable, have a solid foundation and are a breeze to clean up.
If you have your mind set on stone, then you’ll have to look around, as they are a little rarer type of coffee table. Stone coffee table tend to look very dignified and regal. They’re usually made of granite or marble.
For the person looking for some extra storage space, there are a lot of coffee tables that come with some drawers or shelves installed.
If you’re looking for that cherry on the cake, try to find a lift top coffee table. These types of coffee table are the absolute top when it comes to functionality. They not only provide storage space, but you can actually lift the top up higher, and sometimes even towards yourself, for an even easier reach.
They are THE table to get for families that like to eat their dinner while watching TV on the couch. No longer will they have to lean down to get to their supper, as they can simply pull the top towards themselves and eat while sitting back. You can take my word for it that your back will be very grateful to you for that.
Working from the couch also becomes much more comfortable as you can simply station your equipment on the lifted table top, and work from where you’re sitting. All you need within arms reach; files, pens, laptop, anything you want.
Your kids can set their board games up on the table, but won’t have to kneel besides it. They can just enjoy the comfort of the couch, while they have fun playing their games.
There’s probably even more uses I’m not even thinking off, but which you’ll find out eventually once it’s set up in your home.
So coffee tables come in styles ranging from regal to contemporary, with designs ranging from simple to functional. Which one to choose is something left up to you. To each his own, but be sure to consider the rest of your furniture before you make that final commitment, as it would be a waste if your fancy new coffee table doesn’t go well with the rest of your room.