Wooden Coffee Tables _ Wooden coffee tables have less safety problems as a rule than glass ones; however there are still hazards that can exist. One of the particular dangers commonly encountered is the problem of small children learning to walk who injure themselves on sharp corners. Many baby and parenting shops and even IKEA now sell corner bumpers; small rounded foam or plastic caps that help to prevent injury. Whilst these are not too attractive to look at they are a great way to prevent accidents and only need to be used for a relatively small time whilst your child is in their toddler phase. Similarly there are now "bumpers" available that can be run along the edges of any wooden coffee table. These are heavily padded lengths of material that fix to the surface to prevent injury. They can later be removed when no longer needed.
Planks are Good _ A plank sitting on two trestles is functional, and your visitors will ask why you chose it. Tell them you saw the potential of this as a new range of furniture, and get a discussion going. You could also use an ottoman as a coffee table and footstool combined, or even varnish and paint orange boxes _ they are easily replaced if you decide to change your color schemes! If you decide to buy a coffee table rather than make one yourself, try to make it blend in with the rest of the room. You are unlikely to find any truly controversial tables on sale and there really is no such thing as the best coffee table. Buy what you like, whatever catches your eye, and if you cannot find something controversial, find something to put on it that will provoke discussion!