And this is an important measure to consider because a round wood coffee table will often take on many different functions. So, really, if you want one that is great for the kids to draw on, eat dinner off but you still want it to look sleek, cool and minimal, then there will be a trade off. And if you don't consider all the aspects before you take a trip to the new designer furniture store, you may come back with a very desirable but basically impractical piece of furniture. Obviously price is another important consideration, but thankfully there are now many attractive, well made cheap coffee tables to fit most budgets. And if you're on a really tight budget then you can always go for man made woods with a veneer or stain that give a wood effect.
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.