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The 10 Keys To Help You Find The Right Coffee Table For Your House

By David Maslow

Iconic of the 1920′s, the coffee table, a low table generally placed in a living room as a place to stand a cup of coffee, magazines, books, et cetera, dates back at least to the Ottoman Empire, where they were commonly used in tea gardens. The 1600′s is when coffee houses first became common. In 1652 London’s first coffee shop was opened and Boston’s first was established in 1670.

After the First World War, coffee tables became a standard piece of matching furniture sets. Since that time, however, coffee tables have once again become stand alone items and have taken on many shapes, sizes, and styles.

The other furniture you have in the living room dictates the type of coffee table you should get.
If you are more traditional, there is no dearth of tables to choose from. If you already have wood furniture, you will probably want to get a wooden coffee table. A glass table top sitting on a brass or gilded base is another traditional look. Upholstered ottomans are extremely popular now since they can serve multiple purposes including: acting as a coffee table or a low seat to pull near to the fire.

If modern and trendy is what you want, you’ll have no dearth of choices. Cube-like tables made from wood, leather, metal, or plexiglass are fashionable and practical. Stone and ceramic tables are also stylish.

Tips On Choosing A Coffee Table
1. The right size coffee table will leave at least 15 inches between it and the sofa.
2. If you are unsure between two sizes, too big is better than too small.
3. Modern coffee tables can be as low as 11 inches, but they are usually a standard 16 inches high.
4. A glass top or a delicate surface like a walnut veneer is inadvisable if you suspect that people will be placing their feet on the table – wooden or upholstered tables would be better.
5. Small living rooms call for glass topped coffee tables in order to allow the light through and open up the space. Additionally, it will highlight the nice flooring that exists beneath it.
6. If your sofa’s legs are covered by a skirt, a ‘leggy’ coffee table will compliment it well.
7. If your sofa has legs that are visible, a ‘block’ table will enhance the look of the room.
8. Ideally, the table and the seat of the sofa should ideally be the same height.
9. A vase of flowers, a beautiful glass bowl, a wooden bowl filled with pebbles or a stack of witty coffee table books are all examples of singular, decorative pieces that can make your coffee table look good.
10. To ensure your coffee table remains clutter free, place a basket or bin nearby to deposit what would otherwise be table clutter. When you have the time you can organize your bin, all the while the coffee table has remained clutter free!

David loves writing about coffee tables, as well as restaurant furniture. Check out his sites at: Trunk Coffee Table and Used Restaurant Furniture.

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Maslow, David "The 10 Keys To Help You Find The Right Coffee Table For Your House." The 10 Keys To Help You Find The Right Coffee Table For Your House. 23 Jun. 2010. 6 May 2015 <>.

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