Picking a Coffee Table

A coffee table is put to a lot of work. It holds magazines, drinks, food, books and even games at times. You also use it to put your feet up on it, it also serves as a place for coloring for your kids and, to top it, it is placed right in the middle of the room where it is impossible to be missed therefore it is quite necessary for the coffee table to look elegant and well placed.

There are several things to bear in mind when you’re choosing a coffee table. First and foremost, analyze the use of the table, then choose a proper location where it can be placed, think a bit about how you would want to decorate the table and then choose a table that suits best to your requirements.

Decide on the size of the table by marking (possibly using a painter’s tape) it on the floor. Make a clear estimate of how this piece of furniture will affect its surroundings. If it is a huge room, you can place a big table surrounded by sofa’s or chairs so as to make a comfortable sitting place for your guests. A big dining room with a big coffee table serves as a good party spot where the sofa’s or chairs so used can be moved into positions to accommodate the gathering, and using the  coffee table to serve food and drinks. If the gathering is bigger, then a couple more chairs or ottomans can be placed around the table in accordance to accommodate the groups. You can also try to set a smaller matching coffee table with your bigger table to divert the focus from your bigger table.

A lip borders or tray top with a coffee table is always a smart selection if you have kids that’ll be using the coffee table for foods and drinks.

When selecting a coffee table with a lip, the lip should not be higher than the adjacent seating arrangements, or you’ll end up hitting your drink with the lip when you make an effort to set it down.

Choosing an elegant coffee table

If you don’t want to highlight the coffee table in the room, you should keep it simple with a glass top and sides blending with the rest of the décor of the room. This will not make the coffee table center of attraction of the room and allow the eyes to move around the room equally.

Metal bases together with glass tops make another good choice. They allow the room to look bigger and more open and are best if you have a special rug to flaunt and don’t want to block its view. All you need to give an elegant look to the room is to keep your glass spic and span.

Round coffee tables allow flow, especially where there are several available seats. If in case the coffee table is not in the reach of all the seats, make sure to place another table to allow the guests, ease of placement.

If you believe in a more traditional environment, try using some vintage object style coffee table (For example: A table in the shape of a vintage chart). The object can portray a story, history or anything of historical significance. The piece should be well placed and substantially stable.

Other important information to be kept in mind is the setting of the table. If the table is placed on the floor, it should not have splintered legs or rusty bases so that it doesn’t scratch or stain the floor.

The ideal way of choosing a coffee table is to make sure the table suits your room and fits well in accordance to your specifications and aesthetics. It is not necessary that the table should be of standard height or width. What is necessary is that it should go look good when placed in the room.

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It’s really hard to learn Thai

I can speak several languages now but the toughest by far was the Thai Language. I tried to learn Thai by myself just reading text listing to tapes and stuff online but really it didn’t work very well because i had the most trouble with pronunciation. I think that’ s were most people just like me had trouble with. Trying to learn and build up a big vocabulary is pointless if you don’t know how to say the words.

Thai is made up of many different sounds some of which I and most people will have difficulty trying to learn. The best place to start that I always tell people is the Thai alphabet. The reason the alphabet is so important because if you keep trying to say the letter, like seriously make them perfect. If you can say the alphabet completely and very clearly than you can say any Thai word something throws at you. Whether you know the word or not if it’s easier for you to say learning it will be a breeze.

Have you ever asked someone what something is in Thai. Like pointed to a chair and asked them what it’s called. This is the best way to learn Thai and like i said previously if you already know the alphabet then when it comes time for you to repeat the word they said you won’t be fumbling. Like I meant to ask is have you ever had a situation learning Thai where someone has told you how to say it in Thai but you waste like 20 minutes just figuring out how to say it. Yeah, that’s why I tell people you need to know the alphabet first.

Do you really need to know how to write Thai? Simple answer is no! People don’t write letters these day they Type them and learning how to Thai type is just as important as learning how to speak Thai. When you have mastered how to Type in Thai you’ll be able to assimilate into Thai society.

Fitting in is very important in Thailand but unless you look Asian you’re always going to stick out. This is not your homeland. In the outskirts and country areas of Thailand it’s funny those people will treat you less like an outsider, more than likely because the people travelling to Thailand are more likely to be there so it’s more understandable yet harder for us to understand since we live in a very ethnically diverse country like the USA, Australia, or England.

So really it all boils down to your strategy for learning the language. This is the method I used and it might work for you, i might not either but seriously give it a try because now I’m living in Thailand and most days i don’t even speak English, although I do have to work all day using English so basically i’m writing in English but talking in Thai.

It’s really a great life once you know how to speak Thai, it’s opened up so many opportunities in my life I hope that someone reads this post and they too can live the dream in South East Asia just like I and tens of thousands of others are doing the same.

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