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.