I cannot think of a coffee table without thinking of Cosmo Kramer’s coffee table book about coffee tables that turns into a little coffee table. So in honor of that, I’ve been picking out some of my favorite coffee tables here on Houzz. There are SO many great ones here that it was really hard to choose. If you have a favorite, please share it in the comments section to add to the ideabook!
When picking a coffee table, think about some of these criteria:
1) What will you use it for? Remote control holder? Ottoman? Extra storage space? Extra seating? Do you need it to multi-task or do you just need a piece of furniture in front of your sofa?
2) What is your room like? Is it cramped? Spacious?
3) What do you need the table to do for you aesthetically? Will it need to be the star of the room or do you need it to fade into the carpet? Will it bring in the only color to a neutral palette? Will it be the one eclectic element?
4) Will you need to cart it out of the room or move it around for entertaining? Consider portability – weight and even casters for the bottom.
5) Measure the height of your sofa or chairs that will be adjacent to the table. You don’t want the table to tower over the seat height of the furniture.
6) If you do need storage, consider a table with a shelf underneath for stashing books, remotes, wii, etc. You may also want to consider a pair of storage cubes.
7) If you have kids who are guaranteed to plop down sweaty drinks without coasters, you may want to stay away from wooden tables where rings will be left. Either that, or start intensive coaster training now.
8) Speaking of drinks, I have a slatted Danish modern coffee table myself. It is way too tipsy for wine glasses (pun intended). I either have to plop a thick Vogue down to set my drinks on or risk spillage. This is why I have a $99 rug from IKEA underneath it!
9) What style are you going for overall? Sleek and modern? Danish modern? Shabby Chic? Traditional? If you are mixing old and new, think about the balance of the two and which one your coffee table should be.
10) Consider the material. Does your room need more texture? A natural element like rough hewn wood or something super-sleek?