The actual function of the coffee table has not really changed all that much since its creation. Coffee tables were actually imported by the West and first used as garden tables for drinking tea or coffee outdoors. Then, the coffee table moved indoors began to serve as a rather low piece of furniture could be used to entertain guests or simply read the newspaper in front of with a nice cup of coffee resting comfortably on a coaster. Today, as has always been the case with this very traditional and ubiquitous piece of furniture, the classic but modern coffee table is a place where friends and family gather. However, modern coffee tables are still necessary but just not in the morning as was traditionally the case in generations past. Mornings are typically reserved for either catching up on much_needed sleep or simply getting ready to start the day. There is precious little need for the formality of sitting down in front of the sofa and drinking coffee when there is barely time to make a cup to go. Evenings, however, are another story and that is when the modern coffee table may be better known as a cocktail table. Precisely like any traditional coffee table, a cocktail table is set low to the ground and generally placed in front of a sofa or seating area. However, there are some cocktail tables that feature removable benches and other features compatible with game tables.
6. What shape? Tables for your coffee come in various shapes and sizes and each size can serve to stylize your living room as well as practical choices for a select group of individuals. For instance, if you have young kids at home, a round table would be perfect because there are no sharp corners to bump into plus they are perfect for playing games with the kids because it doesn't evoke feelings of taking sides. 7. Form or Function or both? What is the purpose of buying a table for that void in your living room? There are those who buy tables to enhance the beauty of their living room, there are those who want to save space on a small apartment, and there are those who want to use a table that can also serve as storage space, which of those is yours? 8. What type of material? There are many materials that designers use for tables these days: wood, metal, wrought iron, glass, and even Acrylex or Lucite. As to material, there are instances where you can mix and match, for instance coffee tables can come in a combination of wood and glass or of metal and glass. Again in choosing a coffee table according to material, choose something that goes with your theme.