Thereâ€™s a lot more function to a coffee table than being just a piece of furniture. Sitting in the center of the room, the coffee table acts as a canvas for an artful arrangement of personal memorabilia which helps set the mood of the room. Thatâ€™s why interior decorators are so picky when it comes to choosing the right coffee table. There are, of course, the usual suspects in Bangalore and elsewhere, where one can buy the ubiquitous table. But for those willing to go the extra mile, places like Dhakshin Antiques and Maram (both are in Bangalore) have some fabulous tables. If youâ€™re short on time, and/or inclination, there are online e-tailers galore. But when we set out on our quest to find the coffee table of our dreams (and budget), we realized we needed to ask ourselves some key questions.
Why do you need it?
First, think about whatâ€™s missing in your room or what you need your coffee table to do. Some like to use it as a dining table substitute; some use it for extra storage space. For some (and, by this, we mostly mean the men in our lives!) the coffee tableâ€™s sole reason for existence is a place to prop their feet up while they watch the telly. And for others, it really ties the room together. So before you begin hunting, figure out what you want it for, and then choose the one that provides the solution.
What is your room like?
Is it spacious? Cramped? Mark the dimensions of the coffee table with a piece of chalk in your room before buying, this way you will know how it will affect the aesthetics of the room beforehand.
What size should you pick?
Before choosing, measure the height of your sofa or chairs that will sit around your coffee table. Pick a table that does not tower over the seat height of the furniture. An ideal height for a coffee table is usually 18 inches. Also, make sure the coffee table is around 2/3rds the size of the sofa or the longest part of the seating arrangement, otherwise it will look dwarfed.
This beautifully restored coffee table with itâ€™s surprising ikat print detailing works well when you want to marry subtlety with impact. On www.miradorlife.com
There are several coffee tables that come in several shapes, colors and finishes. Let the objects and geometrics of the room decide which coffee table suits best. You may choose a table that either conforms to or contrasts with the decor of the room. Mix and match!
Our current object of desire?
The clean, minimalist yet uber stylish Will Coffee Table on Gulmoharlane.com
The dimensions are perfect for most homes, and all that space underneath allows for many storage arrangements (and now weâ€™re thinking â€“ perhaps a plant arrangement as well!)
Lastly, could you help us? Why are coffee tables still called coffee tables â€“ coffee is the last thing any of us has kept on them for ages!