6 secrets for choosing a coffee table

What is the difference between coffee tables, and also give tips on the right choice of materials, sizes, and other parameters.

1. Purpose

What function should the table perform in the interior? Of course, this is quite versatile furniture, you can put magazines on a coffee table, and a cup with a drink on a coffee table. Determine your primary function: Do you have guests coming over and invite them into the living room instead of the kitchen to chat over a cup of tea or coffee? Or do you relax alone reading books and magazines? 

2. Height

Coffee table, as a rule, below the level of upholstered furniture seats. If you came to the living room to read, then bending down once to a book or magazine is not difficult. The table usually stands in front of the sofa, at some distance, and should not cover the TV. Coffee tables are always higher than magazine tables, it should be convenient to put a tray, cups, and stir sugar on them. When choosing a coffee table, focus primarily on the height of the chairs and sofa.

3. Material

Coffee tables are often made of glass and transparent plastic, as they are also spectacular accessory.

Coffee tables are usually in harmony with the furniture next to which they stand. For example, they are often made from the same type of wood as chair legs. You can also find models made of artificial stone, and plastic. Another important point is that the surface of the countertop should be practical or protected with varnish or oil, the material should not be damaged by a hot kettle or accidentally spilled water.

4. Countertop size

A coffee table can be tiny or large enough, depending on how many magazines you want to store on it. In addition to magazines, you can put vases with fruits and flowers, accessories on them.

The size of the countertop for the coffee table should be at least 60 centimeters since it will have to arrange the dishes on it so that there is no risk of accidentally touching it and brushing it off with your hand on the floor.

5. Mobility

Coffee tables have taken their place in front of the sofa and they practically do not have to be moved. Therefore, they can be quite massive and heavy. The coffee table will most likely need to be moved. Therefore, choose lightweight models or options on wheels.

6. Appearance

Historically, coffee tables appeared before magazine tables and were actively decorated: carving and painting, graceful forms of legs, and interesting materials for countertops were used. 

Magazine tables came to the interior much later and were distinguished by a laconic form that did not distract from the content. These options are good for a modern, minimalist, or Scandinavian-style living room.

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