A coffee table has an important job — it needs to hold cups of coffee, magazines, food, and games on game night. Sometimes you might want to rest your feet on it, sometimes it serves as a coloring station, and other times it suffices as a work area. And just as a bride is undone without her something old and something new, a living room without the presence of a stunning coffee table or contemporary living room table leaves much to be desired.
There are several conditions you ought to keep in mind when picking out a coffee table. Ask yourself a few questions to get a better idea of the style you need. What does your table need to do for you? Does the room feel like its missing a certain glamour or polish? Do you prefer a chunky wood table or a sleek metallic one? Once you begin to answer these questions, you can look for the table that provides the perfect solution. We think these four tips for revamping your living room with an elegant coffee table will help steer you in the right direction.
Think about the best shape for your living room. If you have children or pets, a round or oval coffee table tends to work best. Having a curved edge will prevent injuries from any falls or bumped heads. Rounded tables have a little more room to walk past, making them ideal for smaller spaces.
Our Colby Coffee Table blends vintage materials with modern design. Its round shape will make it easier to navigate around tight spaces. No more mystery bruises on your shins!
Determine the size of coffee table you need. The size of a coffee table is just as significant as its shape. It should sit no lower than 1-2 inches from the seat of the couch. A standard table height of 16-18 inches pairs well with a normal size couch. Obviously, a higher sofa will require a taller table, more in the 20-21 inch range. If you’re used to entertaining, taller tables make it easier for hosts and guests to comfortably rest h’orderves and cocktails.
Carefully consider the material. Coffee tables come in a wide variety of visually appealing materials — metal, glass, and wood are common choices. Metal materials offer a more industrial look, while we feel glass combined with metal offers a bit more finesse. Our designers particularly love the versatility of wood. Maple and oak are on the casual side, whereas walnut and cherry bring an altogether formal feeling.
The combination of materials in our Brooks Coffee Table is what makes this piece a true stand-out — smooth glass on top and a tiled wooden shelf for storage on the bottom.
Determine the primary use of your coffee table. What will you use your table for? Is it going to be a remote control holder? Extra storage space? Will you require a multi-functional piece? Coffee tables with shelves and drawers can hold anything from childrens’ toys to magazines to coasters. If the purpose is more for décor, you can focus your attention solely on finding the table with the form, lines, and texture you love.
To see our expansive collection of stylish, contemporary living room tables and our complete offerings of lighting, decorative accessories, and furnishings, visit the Gabby website or browse through our online catalog.