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Coffee Table - How to Find the Perfect One

Jun 26, 2008
A living room is a place where families gather and guests mingle during get-togethers. The furniture is often cloistered in a cozy pattern that encourages the interaction of all who gather here. In the center of the action is the space where the perfect coffee table resides; offering snacks, reading material, a display area for flowers or photos, or simply a place to rest weary feet.

When choosing the coffee table best for your needs, there are several things you will need to consider:

● the décor of your room
● space available
● the main purpose of the table
● the style of table

When looking at the décor of your room, decide whether a wood, glass and metal, wicker or a combination of materials in a coffee table would match best. Color will help to determine your choice, also, since you will want to accentuate all of the hues in your living room. One should enhance, if not match, your choice of living room furniture and window treatments to help provide a blended feel.

How much space will your table be able to use? For smaller rooms, a glass or mirror one works exceptionally well, since the invisible quality of the table will give the impression of occupying less space. A smaller one with drawers and shelves to offer hiding places to tuck away magazines, remote controls and such works equally as well, making the best use of small spaces. A spacious living room can well handle any variety of styles and colors.

Give some thought to the main purpose of the coffee table. If you entertain a great deal, ample space on which snacks, wine glasses and coffee cups may be placed for the convenience of guests is desirable. For casual use, you may wish to choose a style with more storage or display capabilities.

The style of your furniture will help to decide the style of the coffee table. For a country décor, a rustic table may be your best choice. For a modern look, a combination of glass and polished chrome will be a beautifully bright accent. For eclectic tastes, combine your favorite materials in one table, like tile, glass or metal.

Can't decide on just one style? There are a variety of multi-purpose coffee tables available for those who have many uses for their coffee table. One style easily converts from a smooth top to an exciting game surface on which checkers, backgammon, roulette, and poker can be played in the comfort of your own living room. Or, to combine dinnertime with television watching, a table with a hinged top that converts to a dining table might be the perfect choice.

Whether your living room is used for entertaining or relaxing, it will have so much more to offer with the perfect coffee table taking center stage. With so many choices of style, color and uses, the perfect coffee table is only a decision away from your living room.
About the Author
Jesse Akre, owner of a variety of online stores focusing in home décor products and information, provides consumers with valuable product information that they can use to create one chic outdoor or indoor space. Here, he offers advice when purchasing magnificent coffee table, charming end tables, and traditional accent tables.
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