In addition to being a place to hold your books, magazines, and drinks, the coffee table serves many other purposes too. From holding your feet up for relaxation, storage and display, to completing the look of your abode. The coffee table draws a lot of attention as it is placed in the middle of the room, where it’s hard to ignore. This means that you need to make sure it looks good as great.
Here are some few considerations and notes to keep in mind when you’re picking the perfect coffee table:
Coffee tables come in price ranges from budget-friendly to overly expensive. Consider your budget first before buying, since furniture pieces now are expensive and without the compromise of quality.
You would not be able to know what type of coffee table you’re looking for unless you know firsthand how you will have to utilize it. For some people, the coffee table serves as a canvas for artistic objects, mini dining table, or a table for stacking stuff. Make sure that there is a need for a coffee table before considering buying one.
The proportion of your prospective coffee table must be a complement with the size and scale of the surrounding furniture and room. The height of the table must be level with the top seat cushion of your sofa. It is an accepted rule that the length of the table should run from ½ to 2/3 the length of the sofa. Size of the coffee table also influences the traffic flow of the room. Better make sure of the table’s scale to prevent uneasiness of movement along the room.
The table should be balanced with the size of your room. When you have a lot of space there, a large coffee table of any shape would be preferred. When you have large seating arrangements, big coffee tables will do the trick. Picking out large coffee tables will take off the attention from any of your furniture, to make it easier to look around more easily.
Modern contemporary living rooms use coffee tables lower than that of the height of sofas. The reason for this is that a higher coffee table will block the view and compete with the emphasis of other room finishes.
There are a lot of shapes and styles available for coffee tables—square, rectangular, round, oval, wooden, metal, plastic, or any other you can think of. There are as many shapes and sizes as there are materials and varnishes.
Pick out a coffee table that accompanies the style of your room. A room with so much art and objects will definitely go with a simple, understated coffee table—a good choice to go with is a glass-top coffee table—to keep the focus on the ornaments. Rooms with sharp corners and edges would blend well with a gentle-edged round table to lessen the shrill. It’s either you conform or contrast with the motif of the room.
You can also think outside the box. An upholstered ottoman topped with a tray is gaining popularity, and it’s a great way to pump up the life out of an aloof room. Antique trunks, stash baskets, and old suitcases would give you a lot of space and make your room cozier.
Tip: take a photo of your existing living room and bring it with you while doing your hunt for the perfect coffee table. It may help you in finding the right table for the space.
One more thing to remember before buying a coffee table: make sure the table works for you, as well as with your appreciation of beauty too.