While I am not a big coffee drinker I am a big fan of the coffee table. A coffee table it would seem is pretty much any table that you might use as your primary table within a seating group. It is distinct from a side or occasional table in that it is usually placed in front of a sofa, instead of beside one. I have used many different things as coffee tables, old doors, foot stools and even larger tables whose legs have been trimmed. Here are some thoughts about tables you may want to keep in mind:
- A coffee table doesn't have to be one, single table. In the example above I used a collection of tables to create the scale I needed.This technique can be handy as it can provide an opportunity to use some smaller pieces to great effect.
- Try finding an old object to use as a table, whether an old door or an antique garden stool, using an old object can create a great focal point.
- Using a coffee table with a shelf underneath can provide terrific opportunities for storage, especially look for baskets so that your storage needs can be addressed in an organised way.
- A good height for a coffee table is about 18" above the ground, this is about the same height as a standard seat.
- If you opt to use an upholstered item as your table, be sure to have a collection of trays at hand, to provide a stable place to put a drink or some snacks.