By Babette Lesauvage. Coffee Table. Published at Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 - 05:14:33 AM.
The surface material of a coffee table is the part you’ll interact with most on a day to day basis. Glass top tables are incredibly popular for a reason: they add visual space, a luxurious sheen, and are stain and water damage proof. Whether metal, wood, or other construction, a glass top adds a sparkle to any table. Wood top tables feature the most rich, sensuous feel of any table. Whether treated, natural, painted, or even aged, a wood surface imparts a timeless, warm feeling in any space.
Budget is the top consideration. A coffee table isn’t something you buy often. To get the most for your money, you need to balance cost with functionality. And a high-quality piece is a better investment in the long run. You can easily keep your cost in check by opting for alternative and less expensive materials. Choose a table with engineered wood for the sub material. It can significantly reduce the price and is just as strong as solid wood. Cutting back on size is another option.
A lip edge or tray top on a coffee table is always a smart choice if you have a tendency to spill your coffee or have kids that will be using the coffee table for snacks and drinks. They’re also good if you entertain often and don’t want to worry about red wine getting spilled on your carpet.
When you have two sofas or any larger seating arrangement, a big coffee table might seem like the obvious solution. But also consider a pair of matching coffee tables. They will keep the focus off one large piece of furniture and let your eye move around the room more easily.
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