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.
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.