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.
Most coffee tables are different, to suit people's individual preferences and tastes. Wooden tables suit most homes as they bring a sense of elegance and comfort to a room whereas glass tables usually only fit into a living room where the décor is modern and minimalist.
To begin with, here are some basic tips in choosing the best table for you. The first thing to take into consideration is your existing living room furniture. This will directly depend upon your style and taste. If you have a traditional style, you may want to choose a wood in the table that will match the wood of your furniture. Another table choice that is traditional is a table with a glass top made with metal or brass. There are also a number of upholstered tables that can work as either a table or seat to use for company.
Don't forget to measure how high your coffee tables should be as well. Generally, the height should be same or a little bit higher than the sofa seats it will complement. Seat down on your sofa and measure the height from the floor to the top of your bended knee. These tables should be either that high or an inch more or less, if you can't manage that. Too high and it will become an eye sore, too low and your guests will tumble out of the seat to use it.
If you are looking for specialty items, you can try looking online in websites like Craigslist or any other local sites that list such things. You can also put in a "wanted" ad for your particular coffee table in these websites and let people come to you instead.
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