Coffee tables come in a wide range of shapes, styles, materials and colours. What works best in a home will not only depend on the décor, but also how the coffee table will be used. Will it just be decorative, or are you intending to use it a lot?
If the coffee table is intended for regular use, it is important to think about the durability of the material and how much maintenance the furniture will need. For coffee tables that are purely decorative, the shape, style and colour will be the key factors to consider before purchasing.
Shapes and sizes
Coffee tables come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit all living spaces. Popular shapes include square, rectangular and round coffee tables.
When choosing the size of the coffee table, it is generally thought that itshould measure around half to two thirds the length of the main sofa in the room. If the coffee table has a lip to it, this should be around the same height as the cushions on the sofa.
Materials for coffee tables
Generally, you will find that most coffee tables are made from a variety of woods, metals and in some cases plastics. Some coffee tables may even have a glass top for a more modern look.
Plastic coffee tables will often be lightweight so they are easy to move around the home as and when you please. They are also hard wearing and easy to care for, which is ideal if you have young children running around at home.
Coffee tables with drawers and storage
Some coffee tables will come with drawers or they will have a shelf below the surface where things like books, magazines, laptops and tablets could be handily stored.
Coffee table sets
Rather than just having one coffee table, buying a set may be the best option for a living space. Sets will usually come in twos or threes and may be round, square or rectangular in shape.
Care and maintenance of coffee tables
With coffee tables, especially ones made from wood, it is important to care for them correctly. Spilled drinks can stain the wood so coasters are a good idea.
Glass topped coffee tables may not need the same level of protection as wooden ones, but it is still a good idea to protect the surface with coasters or placemats to prolong the look of the table. Polishing glass with the correct cleaning materials is important, as it will stop smearing and give the clean, clear look you want from glass furniture.