Coffee Table

May 2012

Practically no home that has a living room can be without its traditional fixture – a coffee table. The variety of styles this essential piece of furniture comes in is mind-boggling. You can choose a coffee table that will become the centerpiece of your living room that grabs attention with its colour or unusual style, or make it blend with the rest of the furniture in the room.

Choosing by the Function

If all you need a coffee table for is for it to serve as a place to have drinks and hors-d’oeuvres, coffee or tea, you can buy a functional simple model with wheels that will be easy to move out of the way when not needed.

If you want it to hold an array of magazines and books, choose the model with an additional shelf for holding the printed matter while the surface will be free so you can put your current reading materials on it.

Today’s coffee tables can be unfolded to accommodate more people or have cabinets for keeping toys and other bits and pieces.

Whatever you requirements are you can find a model to satisfy them

Choosing by the Material

There is probably no material in the world that is not used for making a coffee table, all by itself or in combination with something else.

Wooden tables are classic and easy to care for but they are susceptible to moisture, and a heavy object sitting on a wooden table permanently could leave deep dents.

Glass tables are very good-looking, and the tempered glass used in them is much thicker and stronger than a windowpane. Nevertheless, be careful about buying a glass coffee table for the home with small children or large pets.

Metal tables are heavy and fit only certain decorative styles.

Cork tables are beautiful but susceptible to moisture.

The shape of your coffee table can be round or square, oblong or triangular, or even a polygon. Choosing a coffee table is not difficult – just make sure that it matches its surroundings in colour, texture, and shape.

A good coffee table is the one that is pleasing to the eye, easy to care for, and presents no problems in using it. Do not bypass this piece of furniture that serves to make the look of your living room complete.