One romantic author once mentioned how she got all her ideas by watching the open-air café across the street to her house. Every day she would see familiar and new couples stroll into the café, sit across the coffee table, and get lost in their world. There were those who were obviously testing waters and then there were the older couples who came there again and again.
Sometimes, the coffee tables themselves can be the star attraction. You really can't go wrong with an upholstered table that has a serving tray on it. Not only can it set the stage for the room, but the table itself can serve as additional seating or an ottoman, making it one of the most useful and flexible pieces of furniture you have in the room.
Coffee tables in that café must have borne witness to so many romantic moments. I mean just how many people started their relation over a coffee. "How about a cup of coffee?" is definitely one of the sweetest pickup lines. So much so that book sellers these days use the coffee table to market their books. These are called coffee table reading, small light romantic readings that catch the eye of those who take a moment to stop at the café.
After World War I, coffee tables became even more popular in the American home, and they were often sold with complete furniture sets instead of by themselves. These days, tables can stand on their own, and they frequently work as an intricate piece to add even more ambiance to your existing interior design.
Durability is another issue you should keep in mind. They tend to get used roughly; hot coffee mugs leave rings and scratches, wine glasses and beer mugs chipping into glass tops of paint, kids bumping into and knocking them off easily due to their lighter weights. Especially, if there are kids in the house or you tend to have many guests coming over and end up using the table frequently. So, select your coffee tables based on their durability requirement as well.
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