Focus on Coffee Tables


Many of us take our coffee tables for granted. We walk by them every day, we dump papers on them, we carefully dust them and every so often we move them around the room. Usually we don’t take the time to really look closely at our coffee tables; we just assume they are the same as ever. It’s time to get a good close look at your coffee table and review its place in your living room décor.

If you find yourself ignoring your current coffee table it is time to get a new one. If you don’t have one, think about having Big Drawers build you one to complement your living room décor.

First of all you need to decide what you expect out of a coffee table. Realistically, will it end up being a “catch-all” for the remotes and newspapers? Will it be the highlight of the room? Do you want all eyes to be instantly drawn to it when people enter the room? Do you have small children in the home? There are many factors to consider when selecting a coffee table.

Make a proportionate sketch of the room where the table will be placed. Make sure there is plenty of room for the table; you want to avoid clutter if you expect the table to be noticed. When it comes to picking the size for your table, the general rule is that the coffee table should be 2/3 the length of the sofa; its height should be 1”-2” lower than the sofa seat. Of course, this is only a guideline. The most important consideration is the dimension of the area where the table will be located and the way it will interact with the other furniture.

If you have small children in the home you will want a table that is durable, functional and safe. For example, a glass top coffee table is not a safe nor wise choice for the home with small children since the glass can shatter. For the home where entertaining is common, a coffee table that is both functional and eye catching would be the best choice. Choosing a gorgeous wood table that could be damaged by spills might not be a good selection in this case. FYI, alcoholic beverages can easily ruin fine wood finishes.

There are no limits to the styles and materials available for modern coffee tables. Ultra-contemporary coffee tables feature minimalist styling, bold colors and clean lines. They frequently are made from glass, metal, stone or leather. Modern designs created in wood are also in high demand.

If you want your coffee table to be the main attraction in the room, a custom built table made of the finest wood is the perfect selection. The advantage to custom building a piece of furniture is that it will be the only one, it will be unique. There are so many gorgeous woods from which to choose. Hardwoods such as oak, cherry and maple will last hundreds of years with proper care. Hire a master wood craftsman to build you a coffee table masterpiece that will last a lifetime. All eyes will be on the table, just as you planned.