Coffee Table – Choosing a Coffee Table – Design Centerpiece Or Practical Furniture?
Choosing a coffee table can be maddening. Prices can be so distorted as to be laughable. When you do find a table at a great price it is too often of poor quality. The low console table has been a feature of lounge furniture for many years, and the practical nature of this classic design can not be denied, but in today's fashions, not just any low console will do. You want a table that coordinates well with your decor, that makes a statement worthy of the center of the room, and that will hold up to the abuse of daily use.
The primary purpose of a coffee table is to provide space for magazines or books, to provide a space to set drinks and to provide a 'workspace' in the center of the lounge. These practical considerations are what have made this table a staple furniture item in houses across the world. You need a table that will clean easily if there are spills, help keep your lounge organized, wear well and not get spots or rings from liquids and not be easily scratched or deferred – in short you want it to last. But you also want it to look great.
You put a lot of thought into your lounge – choosing and arranging the furniture carefully to give maximum comfort and functionality for your family while still looking great for company. Although you want your coffee table to be practical and sturdy you want it to mesh well with your existing pieces and to carry forward the design aesthetic of the room. Luckily modern designers have rediscovered the joy of the console table and are creating a host of tables that combine practicality with cutting edge design. Now all you have to think about is how big you want the table to be and exactly where you will place it.
In years past you would have had to choose between a practical and sturdy coffee table and a design showpiece that would look great in the room but be able to withstand the rigorous of daily living. Thanks to a host of modern designers this is no longer necessary. Now you can have practical durability and sleek design sensitivity all in the same table. No more need for compromise.