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Coffee Tables Buying Guide

Buying A Coffee Table: How to Pick the Right One

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When buying a new coffee table, it might not be wise to buy the first one that catches your eye. There are many factors that go into choosing a new coffee table, so take some time to sort out the specifications that you need, as well as certain styles and finishes that you like.


While shopping for a coffee table isn’t rocket science, here are a few important things to keep in mind.


Coffee Table Size


One of the first things you must consider when picking out a new coffee table is what size do you want? How big is the room that you want to put it in? If your living room is quite small and is already nearly filled with furniture, you’d be smart to choose a coffee table that doesn’t take up a ton of space.


Also keep in mind that your coffee table shouldn’t stand much taller than your couch cushions. When you’re sitting down, you don’t want to have to reach up for your glass or have to perform acrobatics just to put your feet up. Find a table that fits in relation to everything else in the room.


Coffee Table Style

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It’s important to gauge the look and the feel of the room you’re planning to put the coffee table in. You can choose to have your coffee table blend in seamlessly with the color and furniture in the room, or you can use it as an eye-catching contrast. That doesn’t mean you should put a black contemporary table with a glass top in your log cabin. Think about your room’s décor, and then choose an appropriate style of coffee table that will enhance it.


Coffee Table Function


What are you planning on using your table for? Will it be a decorative piece that won’t actually be used for anything practical? Are you searching for something that gives you extra storage? Are you going to use your coffee table for a little bit of everything? It’s important to know how you plan to use your table before you buy one. It doesn’t make sense to buy a coffee table with a leather top if you’re planning on eating off of it, so figure out what your priorities are.


Coffee Table Cost

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Figure out a budget for your coffee table before you start shopping. If you’re looking for a coffee table that will stay with you for 20+ years, it’s worth it to spend the extra money on a high-quality table that won’t degrade with time. On the other hand, if you’re in need of a coffee table to eat off of and play cards on with your friends, it doesn’t make sense to blow a ton of cash on a table that is essentially a ‘renter’. Adjust your price point depending on the situation and you’ll be able to find something that fits.


Now you have a plan in mind, and you’re ready to start looking. Just remember to find a coffee table that fits the room in terms of space and décor, know how you want to use the table, and then figure out a price range you feel comfortable with. With these things in mind, you’ll be able to find your perfect coffee table for your home.

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