You can’t escape this piece of furniture, anymore. It is in every lounge, be it a mansion or a studio: the coffee table! Essential constituent of our lounges, coffee tables come in every shape, colour, and sizes you can only dream of. They are multi-purpose, holding coffee mugs, papers, magazines and the centrepiece of every …
You can’t escape this piece of furniture, anymore.
It is in every lounge, be it a mansion or a studio: the coffee table!
Essential constituent of our lounges, coffee tables come in every shape, colour, and sizes you can only dream of.
They are multi-purpose, holding coffee mugs, papers, magazines and the centrepiece of every lounge, sitting proudly in front of sofas.
And this is why you realised you cannot escape the trend and have to purchase one yourself.
So, now that you gave in this trend, it is time to start looking for this essential piece of furniture, but there are a few questions to answer.
First of all, determine the potential size of the coffee table you want to buy: too massive and the chosen coffee table will overwhelm the remaining of the lounge; on the contrary, too small and you’ll spend your time looking for it.
The size of the coffee table depends on other items of furniture in the room: mainly the sofa (coffee table should be two-third in length the size of the sofa) but also whether the lounge is a large room or not.
For example, if your room is small, choosing a round coffee table is better because it is easier to move around without fearing the sharp corners of a rectangular or square coffee table; moreover, round shapes fit well with L-shaped sofas.
Most importantly, make sure there is enough space (roughly 3 feet) between the coffee table and the furniture around it, in order to ease movement around it.
Once you have defined the dimensions you prefer for your lounge, you have one more dimension to analyse: the height.
In order to create a nice line that will help unify the room, you should look for a coffee table that has the same height as your sofa’s seat: so, before heading to the shop, don’t forget to measure your sofa’s seat!
Now that you have learnt the dimensions and shape you want for your coffee table, it is time to select your favourite style.
To choose a style you like, you need to think of what your coffee table will be used for: is it going to be a decorative object where you artistically dispose of magazines and flowers? Will it be the central piece of the living-room where friends and family gather?
Traditional coffee tables usually have a plain, understated appearance with very finely carved detail whilst contemporary styles are usually bolder, with interesting shapes.
As a rule, traditional coffee tables are constructed from wood, wood veneers or a combination of wood components; on the contrary, contemporary coffee tables are made from metal, glass, leather and even stone!
Depending on your budget, you can buy a very low-key coffee table (under £30) to a very expensive one (up to £2,000): in case you buy a low-key one, be aware that they usually are put together with veneer wood, making them prone to stains and peeling paint, on the long term.
Nowadays, some coffee tables offer space underneath and/or draws that help keep the room tidy: a very useful adding of space for families!
Wayfair offers a very sleek, very contemporaneous coffee table, by “Wilkinson Furniture”, made of chrome legs with a tempered glass top and shelf.
Sold at £94.99, this rectangular coffee tables should satisfy the designing-aware customers.
Habitat, on the other hand, made the choice of a quirky design for its coffee table under the name of “Bert”: it has a very distinctive mushroom-shape and storage at the bottom!
As for the lid, it is made of dark stained bamboo whilst the lacquered round base give it a very distinctive edge: sold at £110, it is a good price for a unique piece!
As for Ikea, the choice is yours, but the redaction has its eyes on the “Strind”: a round coffee table built with steel, nickel-plated, lacquered shelves and mounted on wheels to easily move it around.
The underneath shelf helps keep the top clear of magazines and other items; sold at £100, it is a good buy for a first coffee table.
Muji, for those looking for a quality coffee table, produces this Ash coffee table, in oval shape and sold at £195.
Understated in its conception and construction, this coffee table is a relaxing point in a living room where you can add bold colours to counter-effect the light feeling of this table.
Beautifulmodernthings presents a very funky coffee table, named “The Hammock Coffee table”: elegant and very stable, this coffee table has been created of glass with a chrome finish that gives it its distinction.
Sold for £174, this is the perfect table to complement a very modern interior design.