Published at Thursday, August 10th 2017. by Genivee Hernandez in Coffee Tables.
One piece of furniture that often doesnt get much attention is the coffee table. Although this piece of furniture can add functionality and style to your room sometimes it seems like more of an afterthought instead of part of a cohesive plan. Its the little things that make a room complete though so now might be a good time to take a good look at your coffee table. If it needs replaced youll be surprised how many options you have to choose from.
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.
You can find coffee tables that offer extra seating in your room as well. Some of these include comfy seats that store under the table when they are not in use. Other coffee tables double as ottomans or sometimes large ottomans can become coffee tables with just the addition of an attractive tray.
Another convenient feature that some coffee tables offer is called a lift top. With this type of table the entire top raises and pulls towards you so you can use it like you would a desk or dining table while youre seated on the sofa. This is a terrific place to play games work on craft projects use your laptop or enjoy a meal in front of the TV. You can say goodbye to those clumsy unattractive TV trays and say hello to stylish functionality.
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 wont 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 dont think youre boring!
Scale & Size Firstly the scale of the table is probably the most important factor the table will anchor the room and if its too big or too small then the proportions of the room could be thrown off. The space where the coffee table is going will largely dictate the size if it is to run between a sofa or chaise and the television on the opposite wall (or between 2 sofas facing) then a rectangular coffee table will complement the space if there is a square space between a set of sofas such as a 2+3 or a corner lounge then you could go for square round or oversized rectangle. If you consider it should be just within reach of the main seats it is likely to consume a decent amount of floorspace a general rule is it should be up to two thirds of the sofa in length and sit at roughly the same height as the seats (with variations achieving different looks i.e. very low will create a modern minimalist feel).