Having a coffee table in your living room can make it more comfortable and can additionally make the room appealing. However, you need to take some considerations before finally purchasing the table.
Here are some useful tips if you are thinking of buying a coffee table.
The Size and Shape
It follows that a small coffee table is what you need if you have a small space. This is where the shape goes in, too. Round coffee tables in various sizes are better for a small space. They do not have sharp edges which makes movement in the living room easier. For big spaces, you naturally would not mind having coffee tables in big sizes and different shapes.
Rectangular and square coffee tables are good if you have a bigger space. They also provide more areas for the members of the family or guests to sit near the table and place their drinks and snacks.
Oval-shaped coffee tables are similar to the circular ones as they do not have pointed ends. If you have an elderly living with you, like your grandmother or grandfather, they will not freak out when your toddler or child goes near the coffee table.
The Style and Quality
This will depend on your personal choice. You can go for the modern, traditional, country, antique, a combination of the contemporary and conventional, etc. as long as it blends with your other furniture. If you want the modern style of coffee table, then do not go for the too classy ones since after a year or 2 new styles and designs will come out and you will naturally have to change it for a more modern look.
It is, however, the other way around if you want the traditional style. You need to check the quality as well. Traditional Italian furniture may be expensive but these will actually last longer and can be considered more of an investment.
With a small space, coffee tables with drawers or shelves are good picks. The drawers, shelves or compartments will help to clear the clutter in the living room. Remote controls, magazine, books and other stuff can be kept in these storage spaces.
The area where you want the coffee table to be placed will also have to be considered. Bigger homes normally have two living rooms. If one of these living rooms is quite formal, then buy a coffee table that is more traditional or where the material used is soft wood.
On the other hand, if the room will be used often, which means the coffee table will be used for a lot of purposes, you need a more durable table. Glass top coffee tables or those that have a sturdier finish are nice bets. Glass top coffee tables can also make a room look bigger and are easier to clean.
Of course, you need to check on your budget. This only means not to go beyond your means. If you are diligent enough, you can still find a very nice coffee table that meets your requirements with a reasonable price. Nevertheless, do not forgo the quality for the price. You may be on the losing end if you do this.
Coffee tables are good pieces of furniture that any living room should have. Make a wise choice and enhance your room to make it cozier.