For this reason it is vitally important to check when purchasing a glass coffee table whether it has been made with tempered glass. Not only should you ask the sales assistant but you should seek confirmation that their response is truthful as it can be very hard to tell what type of glass a table is made from just by looking. You might consider it unlikely that it will shatter, but people do fall, particularly children. Even sitting on a table when distracted could cause it to shatter and inflict life shattering injuries. Many people suggest that in households with small children even a tempered glass coffee table is unsuitable as the possibility of it shattering is just too great. Of course, it is up to individual parents to make their own choices in this matter, but it is always best to err on the side of caution where safety is at stake. For parents who consider a glass coffee table an absolute necessity the option of safety films should also be looked into.
As Are the Materials _ The materials used depend on how conventional you wish to be. Wood is fairy conventional, and won't provoke anyone into a discussion unless painted and designed in certain ways. Glass is always good, particularly if you have an aquarium underneath. Metal is also good, but it is best to be stainless steel for strength and corrosion_resistance. Your coffee table should outclass all the other furniture in your living room and make it all jealous. It is not just good looks _ a very ugly coffee table can provoke as much discussion as a beautiful one or even a very unusual one. Rock, cork and driftwood are good for unusual tops, while hardwood with a good catalyst lacquer possesses the durability against knocks and pens needed for a family piece of furniture.