Living room tables are an absolute necessity for any living area. Coffee tables not only hold drinks, but also serve as footstools, game areas and even artwork or conversation starters. In many ways, a coffee table is the centerpiece of a room. So ensure that you pick a good one when you are choosing a coffee table to enhance your décor.
Evaluate the room before you go look at tables. This will help you determine what will fit in your room and with your décor. While evaluating, remember the purpose of the room. If it gets a lot of traffic, you will need a tougher table like the Andy Round Cocktail Table by Allan Copley Designs. If your room is a family room or den, you might want to consider a solid table with storage like the Albion Oak Cocktail Table by Jofran. This coffee table have a hinged lid that lift to reveal a large storage space, similar to that of a trunk underneath.
Measure the space that you have for your table. This will help you avoid getting carried away and buying a table that may look great but be too big for your room. Many modern tables such as the Aluminum Coffee Table by Knifty are deceptively large because they are made mostly out of glass. This is a practical table because of its large storage area, but if it does not have a large clear area around it, it will likely get cracked because people will bang into it.
Take a picture of the room where you want to put the table. This picture will help you envision how a table will look in the space and how it will look with the rest of your furniture you have to make sure that your coffee table is roughly the same height as the seats on your sofa. The picture will help you keep this in mind.
Scout out several options before making a selection. You might try furniture stores, art boutiques and thrift stores to view a wide variety of coffee tables. This will help you avoid making an impulse buy and compel you to evaluate your options. Coffee tables are inherently practical, but you should still keep in mind how you plan to use your table as you are scouting. For instance, if you have children or rowdy friends, then you should not succumb to the temptation of buying a delicate glass table or one that can easily be scratched or damaged by water. Scouting will help you view your choices rationally instead of emotionally.Keep in mind your budget. If you know how much you can spend, do not give in and go overboard. Staying within your budget will help you enjoy your table even more, and it will allow you to worry about your table a little less. If you have spent too much, then every time someone jostles your table, you will flinch and find that your table brings you more stress than pleasure.