The coffee table is often the central piece of furniture in a living room and picking the right one will enhance the overall look and feel of the space. Coffee tables come in a variety of shapes, sizes, styles and finishes making the task of choosing just the right one an overwhelming task. Before trudging out to shop for one, answer a few questions to help guide the decision.
Are there children or pets to think of? If so, a round or oval table would be best. There are no sharp edges to injure oneself on during a fall or a bump into it.
What functionality is required? Will it house the remote and kid’s toys or just lay books and magazines on it? Some coffee tables have hidden storage, or built in display cases for artwork. Others offer the ability to raise the top surface for dining.
How long is the couch? Pick a coffee table that is the same scale as the couch. A long narrow couch will look well matched paired with a long and narrow table. Paired with a wide and chunky coffee table the couch will look dwarfed in comparison.
If the idea of a traditional coffee table is unappealing, consider repurposing an ottoman or steamer trunk as the coffee table. Other alternatives are small accent tables or collections of garden stools.
Once the needed functionality, scale and design are understood, shopping for a coffee table becomes easier. Some of the best places to find coffee tables locally are area thrift stores, consignment shops and antique dealers.