Published at Wednesday, November 15th 2017. by Georgitte Cohen in Coffee Tables.
The coffee table has become customary in our living rooms and although we all have one in our home few know that coffee tables as the Ottoman Empire originate in Turkey. If Ottoman largely retained its form then the coffee table has evolved over time. It nearly became a completely different piece of furniture. Today a coffee table is no longer subject to strict utility and it has become almost an art piece which is often the focal point of the room. The coffee table was neglected in favor of sofas armchairs and chairs for a long time. But right now all professional designers acknowledge their importance. Theyve got reasons: a coffee table is more versatile and easier to combine than any other piece of furniture from the living room. Basically it sets the tone for the room. If you prefer to draw attention to the couch then you would choose a simple but appropriate table. However coffee table styles and colours should follow the ambiance of the entire room.
The material also has its importance. Glass tables are very beautiful and fit in most rooms but are more difficult to maintain and if there are young children in the house they are not the ideal as accidents can occur. White is a very beautiful colour but again it is difficult to maintain. Even a single cup placed directly on the table it can leave marks. Do not be afraid of colour. A mass of orange green or red will be a splash of colour and will cheer you up every morning. Usual height of coffee tables is normally between 40 and 45 inches. If you often have guests a higher one might be more suited because everyone will be able to reach their cup. A rule of interior design says that the height of the coffee table should be about the same height (or not less than five inches lower than) the couch. Ideal length is two thirds of the couch. However no rule is set in stone. Depending on your tastes and the rest of the room you can choose what ever size and colour coffee table you wish.
And lets not forget the comfort coffee tables can bring to a room. After a hard day at work or school its nice to be able to sink into a soft chair or sofa and prop your feet up. With a coffee table you can do that. Just be careful not to knock over the accent items or the coffee table book! Maybe you can have a trunk style coffee table for just such foot propping.
And this is an important measure to consider because a round wood coffee table will often take on many different functions. So really if you want one that is great for the kids to draw on eat dinner off but you still want it to look sleek cool and minimal then there will be a trade off. And if you dont consider all the aspects before you take a trip to the new designer furniture store you may come back with a very desirable but basically impractical piece of furniture.
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.
If you are going for a more traditional style in your home décor unique coffee tables made of rich dark wood are what you want to consider. If you want a more trendy contemporary style for your home then you would want coffee tables made of different metals or glass.