Coffee tables have been around since the Victorian Era. Meaning they have been around for about 1000 years. They have played many roles throughout the years and will continue to do such. They have been used as centerpieces in homes, places over which important conversations have taken place, home to snacks during important sporting events, areas where families come to gather together. They have been made out many materials like wood, metal, glass, plastic, and many other things.
Coffee tables are an essential part of any home décor style. We need them for their practical purpose just as much as we need them for their decor purposes. They are normally placed in the center of the living or family room over a rug or just on the ground. The coffee table is meant to compliment your sofas, rugs, wall décor and paint by tying them all together as the finishing touch to any home.
They are also made to serve a practical purpose. If you plan on having one in your family room then it will most likely be the place to put your feet when having a conversation or watching a movie. It can be a place to play a card game or board game with your kids. A place to have snacks and drink during games and movies. Or maybe a place where your kids can get homework done and store their school supplies. When placed in a living room it can serve the purpose of holding décor items or maybe hold the occasional beverage while conversing with friends and guests. No matter where you place it will serve a great purpose.
There are many questions to think about when choosing a coffee table because you definitely want the right one for your home. First, ask yourself where you will be placing it and what it will be used for. If it will be experiencing a lot of wear and tear don’t go with glass unless you want the possibilities of scratches and a possible broken top. Instead, go with metal or wood as they are more durable.
Second, what shape and size do you want? Do you want a rectangular, circular, oval, or square table? If being placed in front of a sectional couch a square table is better. If you have younger kids a circular table is safer because it doesn’t have sharp edges. Whereas a rectangular or oval table is great to be placed in front of any type of couch.
Lastly, you need to think of your décor style. Be sure to choose a table that complements your furniture and décor you already have in your house. Make it feel like an extension of what you already have, not an odd piece that sticks out (unless that is your décor style).
Enjoy a coffee table in your home and have fun while choosing one. It doesn’t have to be hard, it just has to be done right. With these steps you now have, choosing your next coffee table will be a breeze. And don’t forget to make memories over your new furniture addition!