By Aceline Beaulieu. Coffee Table. Published at Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 - 06:33:22 AM.
So you want to add a coffee table to your living room. Often, this piece is only considered as an afterthought. In reality, it is an opportunity to show off your sense of style. It can serve a myriad of functions besides being a place for your drink. Let’s explore all the things you can get from a coffee table.
On the other hand, perhaps you want your space to look cozier (and you need some storage). Stash baskets, trunks and old suitcases under simple legged coffee tables to ground spaces that are otherwise too open. Solid tabletops usually have a very square corner. If you have little kids or the circulation is tight, allow extra space at the ends so it’s easier to get around the corners without hitting your shins.
Also, consider the pros and cons of each material. Glass looks contemporary and flashy. But it also means fingerprints and extra cleaning. And it’s probably not a wise choice if there are kids in the home. Likewise, wood has a classy feel about it—as long as you don’t mark the surface by skipping the coasters.
Coffee tables should be the same height as the surrounding seating, with 18 inches being a good average (although it will depend on your furniture). If you select a coffee table with a lip, make sure the lip isn’t higher than the adjacent seating, or you’ll end up hitting your drink against the lip when you try to set it down. The idea is to put your drink down, not up.
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