A living room without a coffee table is like a model without a lip gloss, half undone. Just like a lip gloss is one detail that completes the look, there are too many things that you need to take consideration before buying a coffee table. Coffee table serves various purposes; commencing from completing a look to storage to display for your room. You need to think which style is the best for your room? Do you need to go for a wood coffee table or one with chunky legs, metallic with a glass counter-top, should it be round or square or rectangular? The options are limitless and at times it can be bit overwhelming. Here are some tips that will help you to find right table for you and steer direction of the perfect table for you.
Budget- Budget is the first and foremost thing that you need to take into consideration. The price points may range from an expensive to budget friendly coffee table. Your budget should be broken into different areas like lighting, accessories and furniture. The furniture item entails sofa, side tables, coffee tables and chair with a major portion allocated to larger piece. The news is that you can bend the table according to your budget and if you see something that you like, buy it unless it is not a compromise on sofa and chairs quality.
Shape- As you have laid plan for your living room, think about the shape for the space. Do you have pets or children? Is table too large for the room or is it too marrow? A round or an oval coffee table is perfect if you have pets or children. The curved edge simply means that sharp corner injuries will be avoided. Using a rectangular shaped coffee table and allowing 30 inches between television console and the coffee table will give you a space to walk, as it will curve from the console.
Size- Depending upon the size, you need to determine the size of the coffee table. The height of the table is crucial. It should be not less than 1-2 inches from the seat of couch. The standard height of a table should be 16-18 inches and pair well with conventional sized couch. The higher the sofa the higher the table should be. The taller table should be convenient, if you like to get entertained, ad it will be easier for the guests to set down for a plate.
Usage- Another important thing that you need to consider is-what will be the use of the table. Whether you need table for decorative, private storage or anything else. Tables also come with shelves or drawers where you can store kids items. Regardless of storage required, there is a chance that you will place a drink or a plate without a chance of tipping over. Pick a piece of table that will be able to hold drinks and plates with convenience. If décor is more important than purpose than focus on texture, lines and materials that you like.
Material- Speaking about the materials, coffee table comes in variety of options. These can be for industrial use or private use. Materials like glass when combined with steel or brass offer a more stylish look. Commencing from maple, oak, walnut to wood, everything has its own feel. Oak and maple are on casual side and walnut and cherry offers formal look. Consider opting for Lucite, it will make table appear flowing and will give a modern appeal to the room.