By Elaine Monette. Coffee Table. Published at Friday, February 01st, 2019 - 23:37:33 PM.
The first element you’ll want to consider is the construction material of your coffee table. The only options used to be wood or metal, but nowadays the choices expand far beyond that simple pair. Modern manufacturing allows for glass, metal, and even acrylic tables in a bewildering variety of shapes. Wood construction is, as always with tables of any variety, the most common construction element. Versatile, warm, timeless, and rich, wood can be used in the vast majority of shapes, styles, and sizes.
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.
Another consideration is how it will sit on your floor or rug, and if it will damage those surfaces. Splintered table legs or rusty metal bases can scratch or stain the flooring. Secondhand stores sometimes leave those areas unrefinished, so be sure to check.
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.
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