TOP TA­BLES

House Beautiful (UK) - - Coffee Tables -

A cof­fee ta­ble can pro­vide a cen­tral fo­cus in a room.

First, con­sider the size of the area and how much space you want to al­lo­cate to it.

Take mea­sure­ments to en­sure you don’t buy any­thing too small or big.

Next con­sider the ta­ble’s func­tion. Is it just to be a sur­face for plac­ing drinks or do you need stor­age with draw­ers or shelv­ing?

As with mul­ti­me­dia stor­age, the ma­te­rial the ta­ble is made from and its style will have a big in­flu­ence on the look of your scheme. Solid oak or wal­nut gives a tra­di­tional feel, and re­claimed wood a more mod­ern look. Me­tal and retro styles are great for an in­dus­trial vibe, while glass will make a room feel more spa­cious.

Fam­i­lies with young chil­dren should avoid sharp edges and del­i­cate sur­faces that could be eas­ily bro­ken or scratched. A cir­cu­lar or oval shape in a hard­wear­ing tim­ber is a good prac­ti­cal choice.

Con­sider the base as well as the ta­ble top. Tres­tle legs and trunk bases can make a con­tem­po­rary state­ment, while pedestals give a clas­sic feel. Lock­able cas­tors are an­other op­tion and will en­able you to move the ta­ble more eas­ily when clean­ing or try­ing dif­fer­ent po­si­tions.

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