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.