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Furnishing your home – finding the perfect coffee table

Your coffee table is more than just a piece of furniture; it's a centrepiece of your living space where memories are made.

Unlocking the secrets to the ideal coffee table for your living space.

Welcome to the exciting journey of furnishing your home! Whether you're a first-time home buyer or someone sprucing up your living room, the perfect coffee table can make an enormous difference. That's right! It's not just about providing a platform for your mugs or becoming an impromptu footrest (though it does these jobs admirably). A coffee table, be it a drum coffee table, Noguchi coffee table, or a simple square coffee table, can elevate your decor and become the living room's heart.

The humble coffee table - the unsung hero of your living room, the centrepiece that brings it all together - often doesn't get the attention it deserves when home buying or revamping your interiors. We spend hours selecting the right sofa, picking out the perfect paint colour, and then...oh, we need a coffee table, too. However, this piece of furniture serves both functional and aesthetic purposes.

From a glass coffee table that gives a touch of elegance, a wood coffee table that radiates warmth and coziness, to a marble coffee table that spells luxury, the choices are endless. If you're into vintage styles, a mid-century modern coffee table might be your go-to. Or, if practicality ranks high in your checklist, a coffee table with storage will serve you well. Some may even opt for an outdoor coffee table to create a relaxing patio space.

In this blog post, we'll be your friendly guide, helping you navigate through various coffee table styles and materials, how to decorate a coffee table for maximum charm, and much more. We promise that by the end of it, you'll not only know your Noguchi from your drum but also be empowered to make the best choice for your living space.

Why is choosing the right coffee table important?

Let's pause for a moment and think about the humble coffee table. What role does it really play in your home? It might seem trivial at first, but choosing the right coffee table is more important than you may think. It's not just about a place to put your coffee mug or pile your magazines. No, it's much more than that.

Imagine your living room as a conversation, with each piece of furniture adding its own voice. The sofa might be the loudest, stating its case with comfort and style, but the coffee table, it’s the silent connector, the one that brings the room together. Choosing the right coffee table can harmoniously bind the elements of your living room or act as a stunning centrepiece.

From a functional perspective, it serves as a surface for you and your guests to place drinks, books, remote controls, or even a plate of snacks. If you've chosen a coffee table with storage, it becomes a clever hiding spot for those pesky items that otherwise clutter your living room.

On the aesthetic front, a coffee table is a fantastic opportunity to express your personal style. You might prefer the sleek lines of a mid-century modern coffee table or the rugged charm of a wood coffee table. Or perhaps the sophistication of a marble coffee table is more to your liking. With the right decor, your coffee table becomes an eye-catching display, telling its own story about your home and your tastes.

Finally, a coffee table, like a drum coffee table or a Noguchi coffee table, can also become a great conversation starter. Each style comes with its own history and character that can spark interesting discussions. So, while it might seem like a small part of your overall home buying or furnishing journey, your choice of coffee table has a significant impact.

The top coffee table in different coffee table categories

When it comes to coffee tables, there's no one-size-fits-all solution. There are several types of coffee tables out there, each with its own charm and functionality. Below, we explore some popular types that could be a perfect fit for your space and lifestyle:

Traditional coffee tables

These are typically rectangular or oval, often made of rich, dark woods like mahogany or cherry. They might feature intricate designs or carvings and can bring a sense of classic elegance to your living room.

If you're looking for a traditional coffee table, the 'Kingsley Coffee Table' with its rich mahogany finish and intricate detailing is a top pick. The lower shelf provides additional storage, making it a blend of beauty and function.

Modern coffee tables

If your home has a contemporary feel, a modern coffee table can complement it perfectly. They often feature clean lines and are made from materials like glass, metal, or light-coloured woods. Some popular modern styles include the Noguchi coffee table and the mid-century modern coffee table.

The 'Noguchi Coffee Table', a classic modernist piece, features a sculptural wooden base with a freeform glass top. It's a work of art that will undoubtedly serve as a conversation starter.

Rustic coffee tables

These tables are typically made of wood and feature a natural, weathered finish. They're a great fit for cozy, cabin-style homes or any space where you want to add a touch of warmth and comfort.

The 'Farmhouse Plank Coffee Table' exudes rustic charm. Made from reclaimed wood, its natural finish and sturdy design make it a perfect fit for cozy, cabin-style homes.

Industrial coffee tables

Made with materials like weathered wood and metal, industrial coffee tables have a strong, rugged look. They can add an edge to your living room and work well in loft spaces or homes with a modern industrial design.

The 'Tribeca Industrial Coffee Table' combines metal and distressed wood for that perfect industrial vibe. It's robust, durable, and sure to add an edge to your living room.

Ottoman coffee tables

An ottoman coffee table is a versatile piece that serves both as a table and extra seating. It's a great choice for small spaces or homes where every piece of furniture needs to serve multiple purposes.

The 'Baxton Studio Ottoman Coffee Table' covered in soft, durable upholstery, offers a comfortable spot for feet and a wide surface for trays and other items. The bonus storage inside is a clever addition.

Lift-top coffee tables

If you like to eat or work on your coffee table, consider a lift-top style. These tables have a top that lifts to provide a more comfortable height for eating or working on a laptop if you work from home.

The ‘Carson Forge Lift-Top Coffee Table' offers a hidden storage area beneath its top. It's a great option for those who want a comfortable height for eating or working on a laptop.

Round coffee tables

A round coffee table can be a great option if you have small children (no sharp corners) or a small space, as the shape can make the room feel more open.

The 'Haven Home Walker Coffee Table' is a sleek round coffee table with a minimalist design. Its under-frame clearance offers a more open feel to your living space.

Rectangular coffee tables

These are a traditional choice and work well in most living room layouts. They offer plenty of surface area and can balance out large, long sofas.

The 'Potter Barn Benchwright Rectangular Coffee Table' with its rustic mahogany finish offers plenty of surface area. It balances out large, long sofas perfectly.

Outdoor coffee tables

If you're looking to create a comfortable outdoor seating area, an outdoor coffee table can be a great addition. They're typically made of durable materials like metal, teak, or synthetic wicker to withstand the elements.

The 'Christopher Knight Home Caspian Outdoor Coffee Table' made from durable teak wood, is a great addition to any patio or backyard. It's designed to withstand the elements while adding a touch of style to your outdoor space.

Specialty tables

This category includes unique styles like the drum coffee table, which can add a fun, eclectic touch to your living room.

The 'Safavieh Drum Coffee Table' adds an eclectic touch to your living room with its unique design and metallic finish.

Remember, while these are our top picks, the best coffee table for you is one that fits your needs, personal style, and the existing decor of your living room. 

Next, we'll look at some important factors you need to consider when choosing the right coffee table for your home.

Factors to consider when buying a coffee table

The perfect coffee table is one that balances aesthetics and functionality while fitting seamlessly into your existing decor. Here are some factors you should consider when choosing a coffee table:

Size: The size of your coffee table should be in proportion to the other furniture in your living room. A general rule of thumb is that your coffee table should be about two-thirds the length of your sofa and the same height as the sofa's seat (give or take a few inches). Also, consider the room's scale. If you have a large living room with a lot of furniture, a small coffee table may look out of place, and vice versa.

Shape: The shape of your coffee table can significantly impact both its look and functionality. Square and rectangular tables offer plenty of surface area but can create harsh lines. If you have a small space or children, a round or oval coffee table can be a safer, space-saving choice.

Material: The material of your coffee table can set the tone for your living room. Wood tables can add warmth and are durable. A glass coffee table can give a room a more open feel, while metal or marble can add a modern or luxurious touch. Consider what will work best with your other furniture and your lifestyle.

Style: There's no shortage of styles when it comes to coffee tables. From a mid-century modern coffee table to a drum coffee table to a traditional wooden piece, choose a style that complements your decor. Don't be afraid to mix and match styles for a more eclectic look!

Functionality: Think about how you'll use your coffee table. Do you need extra storage space? Then consider a coffee table with drawers or shelves. Do you often eat in front of the TV? A lift-top coffee table might be a good choice. If your living room is also your workout space, an ottoman coffee table that can be easily moved aside could be ideal.

Choosing a coffee table involves more than just picking a piece that looks good. By considering these factors, you can ensure you choose a coffee table that fits your lifestyle and enhances your living room's aesthetic.

Styling your coffee table

Once you've found your perfect coffee table, it's time to make it truly shine with some creative styling. Remember, your coffee table isn't just functional; it's also a focal point in your living room, and how you decorate it can change the room's feel and ambiance. Here are some tips to get you started:

Create a balance: Balance is key when decorating your coffee table. This doesn't necessarily mean symmetry, but rather a harmonious combination of objects of different sizes, heights, and textures. For instance, you could pair a tall vase with a low, flat book.

Use trays: Trays are a great way to keep your coffee table organized. They can hold a collection of items like remotes, coasters, or candles, and also add a layer of visual interest.

Add some green: A small plant or a vase with fresh flowers can bring life to your coffee table and the room as a whole. If you're not good with plants, a succulent or a faux plant can work just as well.

Showcase your interests: Your coffee table is a great place to show off your passions or interests. Displaying a book about your favourite travel destination or a souvenir from a trip can spark interesting conversations.

Play with heights: Using objects of different heights can make your coffee table arrangement more dynamic. Consider using stacking books, tall vases, or decorative objects on stands.

Keep it functional: While you want your coffee table to look good, remember it's a functional piece of your living room. Leave some space for people to put down their drinks, and avoid overly delicate items that could easily be broken.

Update regularly: One of the best things about decorating a coffee table is that it's easy to switch up. Changing your decor with the seasons or just when you feel like a refresh can keep your living room feeling fresh and exciting.

In our next section, we'll look at how to care for your coffee table to ensure it continues to add beauty to your living space for years to come.

Caring for your coffee table

Now that you've found your perfect coffee table and styled it to your liking, it's essential to take good care of it. The right care will depend on the material of your coffee table, but here are some general tips:

Regular cleaning: Regularly dust your coffee table with a soft cloth to avoid buildup. For deeper cleaning, use a damp cloth and a mild cleaner suitable for the table's material. Remember to dry it thoroughly afterward to avoid water stains, especially on wood tables.

Avoid heat and sunlight: Direct sunlight can fade the finish on your coffee table over time, especially if it's made of wood. Likewise, placing hot items directly on the table can cause damage. Use coasters or trivets to protect the surface.

Be careful with liquids: Spills should be cleaned up promptly to avoid staining. This is particularly important for porous materials like wood and marble.

Protect the surface: Use coasters, placemats, or a tablecloth to protect your coffee table from scratches and stains. This is especially crucial if you frequently eat or work on the table.

Regular maintenance: Depending on the material, your coffee table may benefit from regular maintenance. For instance, wood tables can be polished occasionally, and metal tables can be checked for rust.

Handle with care: Lift your coffee table when moving it instead of dragging it, to protect both the table and your floor. When adjusting any movable parts, like on a lift-top coffee table, handle them gently to avoid damage.

By following these tips, you can keep your coffee table looking its best and ensure it lasts for years to come. Whether you've chosen a wood coffee table, a glass coffee table, or a unique drum coffee table, the right care can make a big difference.

We hope this guide has helped you in your quest to find the perfect coffee table. Remember, it's about finding a balance between style, functionality, and your personal taste. So take your time, explore different options, and most of all, have fun with it! Your coffee table is more than just a piece of furniture; it's a centrepiece of your living space where memories are made.

Making the most of your coffee table selection

Selecting the perfect coffee table for your home is an exciting journey, filled with a variety of styles, materials, and designs to explore. As a first-time home buyer, or even as a seasoned home dweller looking to revamp your space, finding that ideal coffee table can truly elevate your living room's aesthetic.

Remember to consider the practical elements such as size, functionality, and the table's material, alongside its visual appeal. Whether your preference leans toward a Noguchi coffee table for its modernist charm, a drum coffee table for an eclectic touch, or a traditional wooden coffee table for that timeless elegance, there's a perfect coffee table out there for you.

Don't forget, your coffee table is also a canvas for your creativity. Decorating it with personal touches and changing them up now and then can keep your space interesting and uniquely you.

With proper care, your chosen coffee table can become a long-lasting focal point in your home, serving as a functional piece while adding style and character to your living room.

Happy home furnishing and enjoy those wonderful moments around your new coffee table!

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