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!
There is no such thing as the best coffee table, so when you buy a coffee table it is no more than opinion. What one person will like another might abhor. Such tables are like that, so let's take a brief look at what is available and how they might fit into your room furnishings and décor _ if they have to fit in. If you make the right choice then the table you might buy would likely be controversial. These are not so much accent pieces or items of occasional furniture, but conversation pieces. In fact the best coffee table you could buy would provoke discussion _ or perhaps even argument as to what it means or why it should even be where it is _ in your sitting room!