Interior Obsessions – the Coffee Table

After a fun look last week into the variety of shelving options, today we turn to the centerpiece of the living area, the lowly coffee table. Providing a sturdy surface on which to place drinks and items in use, the coffee table also serves to display some of our favorite items, from flower arrangements to objects to books. Typically fairly low so as not to intrude on the visual space of a seating area, the coffee table also serves to anchor the disparate pieces of that seating arrangement, pulling together sofas, chairs and benches into a unified grouping.

The ï»¿style of your coffee table can blend in with your other furniture or stand out as something completely its own. Recycled blocks of wood, palettes or old doors can be mixed with furniture that has simple clean lines to become a centerpiece. Or perhaps your sofa or chairs are a bit more ornate. You might want to try something basic like a Parsons-style metal table or something with wire legs. Casters on a table can allow you some variety of configuration, or you can choose a standard wood slab that blends with it all. A structured upholstered bench can offer table and seating in one. And don’t neglect your outdoor spaces! The coffee table is at home outside as well, offering a perfect place for setting down that ice-cold drink.

(above) Basic Wood

Thinline Table + Upholstered Bench

Wood Blocks

Wood on Casters

Low Slung Outdoors + Joined Wood


Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks, where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.

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