Tuesday, December 17, 2013
In a living room or any seating area arrangement, the coffee table is usually the last furniture piece to be considered after all the sofas and seats. However, keep in mind that the coffee table is a valuable and functional aspect of a seating area. It provides a surface for setting down drinks and snacks and a place for displaying decorative items and interesting reads. Here are some key points to consider when choosing a coffee table.
The size of your coffee table is dependent on the available space. The distance from the edge of each seat to the edge of the coffee table should be within 12 to 18 inches. This is a comfortable distance for a person’s passage to get seated and a comfortable reach.
There is no distinct rule for a coffee table’s height, which explains the many different coffee table heights available on the market. Some even go as low as six inches from the floor. However, based on ergonomic standards, a comfortable reach from the seat is a table at the same level with your seat height, and up to two inches lower.
The shape of your coffee table also depends on the shape of the area. If you have arranged some seats diagonally, a round or oval coffee table could be the perfect fit. Alternatively, you may also choose to group several small tables together for an interesting layered look.
Common materials used for coffee tables include wood, metal and glass. Wood gives warmth, while metal and glass are cool elements. Your material choice may also depend on your lifestyle and your commitment to upkeep and maintenance. Coasters should be used for wood-top coffee tables and some metal surfaces as well. Glass is easier to clean, but stick to tempered glass for safety purposes.
Assess your storage needs in your living room. If you still lack storage, a coffee table with storage may just solve your problem. Coffee tables may have exposed shelves or drawers and cabinets. For a unique look, you can also buy woven baskets to place on exposed shelves.
Last but not the least, you should also consider your living room's style. Pick a coffee table that matches its environment. Don’t be afraid to go for something bold and different. A bright colored coffee table may well be a style statement in the room. - Aislinn Kee