Coffee tables are available in various shapes and sizes. In fact, if you’ve been shopping for a coffee table recently, you might be having a hard time choosing the perfect one. Furniture always looks different online, in a furniture store, or in a catalog than it does in your home. But, with these simple tips, you can easily find the perfect table for your room.
One of the first things you need to consider before shopping for a coffee table is the decor of the rest of your room. Is your room casual? Is it modern? Is it traditional? Like any other piece of furniture, the coffee table style needs to blend in with your basic decorating theme. No matter how beautiful a coffee table is, if it’s not the right style you will probably be disappointed after you add it to your living room.
The second most important factor in choosing the perfect coffee table is the size. The size of a table can be very deceiving and you end up with a table that is just out of place in your room. Make sure that you take measurements of the space where you want to place the table and refer to them when choosing a table. If in doubt, it’s more convenient to purchase a table that is too large than it is to have one that’s way to small.
After you’ve determined the style and size, you need to decide how functional you want the coffee table to be. If you need more space, consider a table that provides extra storage. An enclosed coffee table with doors, or one that has shelves will give you a place to store magazines, books, DVD’s and other items. However, keep in mind that an open coffee table with legs can help make a small room look larger.
Choose your material
Next, you need to determine what type of materials you want the coffee table to be made of. While almost all glass top coffee tables are tempered for safety, they can be really hard to keep clean especially if you have young children. Lightweight tables such as plastic and bamboo are easier to move when you vacuum. If you prefer wood, remember that you will need to apply a wood treatment or wax occasionally to keep it looking it’s best.
Last, but not least are the shape and colour of the coffee table. A coffee table with a dark color generally goes well with a traditional style furniture. For modern decor, choose a table that combines metal and glass. If you want something really unique, opt for a coffee table made of ceramic or stone.
Recheck available space
To help ensure that you’re coffee table will fit, you need to allow space at least 15 inches wide between the table and sofa. A standard coffee table is generally 16 inches high, but some modern styles can be only 11 inches high. The table will look much better if it’s around the same height as the sofa seat.