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Top tips for choosing a coffee table
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Top tips for choosing a coffee table

A coffee table will be one of the most useful investments you make for your living room; in addition, it will be one of the key pieces of furniture in a room in which you will spend a lot of time. It is therefore important that you choose a coffee table that fits both your needs and your overall aesthetic.

1. Consider what you need from your coffee table

Every piece of furniture in your home needs to serve a purpose, whether this is providing you with some much-needed storage or helping to create a particular ambience. Before going out to look at coffee tables, spend a little time creating a short list that details what purposes you need your table to serve for you.

If you need some additional storage, choosing a design with drawers will allow you to tidy away newspapers, magazines or remote controls. Conversely, your primary goal may be to use a coffee table as the foundation for building a focal point in your room; in this case, a low, wide table is likely to be the best option because it will give you enough space to arrange some of your favourite possessions. If you spend a lot of time entertaining and want your coffee table to be used to serve drinks and appetisers, choosing a design that is roughly the same height as your sofa will mean your snacks are always within easy reaching distance.

2. Design and materials

There is a design out there to suit every space and aesthetic, but how do you decide which design will be the best fit for your room? The material from which a piece is constructed can make a huge difference to its vibe and it is important to closely consider this before investing.

If you are working with a small area, choosing a glass or acrylic table will help you to create the illusion of more space. Many coffee tables have glass tops, which will also work well within smaller spaces, even if the sides are opaque. Glass topped coffee tables can also be a great option if you want to create a focal point. Look for a design that allows you to display objects on a shelf underneath, as this will give you the chance to showcase some of your favourite magazines or books.

Choosing any piece of furniture is all about considering even the smallest of details to help ensure that you end up with a piece you really love and that fully meets your unique requirements.

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