A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Coffee Tables

Eidolonai September 7, 2017
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When considering the furniture items you’ll need to decorate your living room, it goes without saying that a chic coffee table has to be in the mix. It’s an essential piece of furniture that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing, especially when it comes to the living room area. It’s the perfect spot to show off those little travel mementos and the latest releases in iconic coffee table books; while it provides the ideal platform to put your feet up after a long day at work. That said, buying a coffee table can be a challenging experience because there’s a lot of options to choose from these days. To help you along, we’ve compiled a list of useful pointers to simplify the process.

Get the Correct Measurements
Before you buy your coffee table, measure the space where you’ll be placing it to ensure that it has a lower height than the sofa seat, with a length that is at least two thirds that of the sofa. Likewise, there should be plenty of legroom between the table and the sofa, about 16” or so to be specific.

Consider Your Budget
Coffee tables are available at different price points to suit different budgets, so there’s definitely a coffee table out there for everyone. While you’re allowed to splurge on a centrepiece coffee table, you might want to stick to something a bit more budget-friendly and replaceable if you know that you’ll be exposing it to wear and tear. With these factors in mind, you should be able to set a budget for your coffee table beforehand.

Utility
Your coffee table’s function is definitely not a point to overlook. If you’ll be using it as storage, then you might want to invest in something with a hidden storage compartment, but if you’re a fan of streamlined and minimalist design, then a slim and elegant design is in order. Likewise, if you’re using your coffee table as a display unit for all your trinkets then you’ll want something sturdy to handle the weight. So before you start shopping ask yourself, how will I be suing the coffee table?

Choose Your Shape
Gone are the days when you only had square shaped coffee tables to choose from. Now the shape options for coffee tables are limitless; from oval to round, to hexagonal to interspersed shapes. While you have free will to choose the shape, you still have to take space logistics into consideration, and choose a shape that fits in perfectly with the furniture organisation of your living room space. You’ll also have to consider your lifestyle, because sharp corners won’t be a good idea in a home with small children, and a round table looks better when paired with differently shaped furniture.
Quantity
Contrary to popular belief, it’s totally okay to have more than one coffee table, and two smaller tables may work out better for a small space than a single large option. So keep your option open and think outside of the box.

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