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7 Main Coffee Table Styles

Anna Samygina
Apr 1, 2017 · 6 min read

A coffee table is a long, low table which is designed to be placed in front of (or next to) a sofa or upholstered chairs to support beverages, magazines, books, decorative objects, and other small items to be used while sitting, such as beverage coasters. In Europe, the first tables specifically designed as and called coffee tables, appear to have been made in Britain during the late Victorian era. Later coffee tables were designed as low tables and this idea may have come from the Ottoman Empire, based on the tables used in tea gardens. However, as the Anglo-Japanese style was popular in Britain throughout the 1870s and 1880s and low tables were common in Japan, this seems to be an equally likely source for the concept of a long low table.

Shaker Coffee Tables

The classic design of the Shaker coffee table allow it to work in a range of rooms. It features simple straight legs, dovetail drawer with Shaker wood knob, and a slight bevel to the top detail.

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Warm Shaker Coffee Table and Monroe Square Coffee Table

Cottage Coffee Tables

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Almelo Lift Top Coffee Table by Bungalow Rose and Parish Coffee Table by Birch Lane
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Broyhill Mirren Harbor Rectangular Cocktail Table

Industrial Coffee Table

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Magnussen Larkin Rectangular Cocktail Table

Mid Century Coffee Table

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Russell
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Parsons Coffee Table

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Modern Coffee Table

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Glen Coffee Table Clear
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Noguchi Coffee Table

Contemporary Coffee Table

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Common Tabletop Materials

Wood
By far the most common coffee table surface, wood is susceptible to water rings, so most people use trivets and coasters to protect it.

Glass
Another popular top material is glass. One thing to keep in mind when buying a glass-topped table is that water rings and spills will be more visible on glass, and it will need to be cleaned regularly.

Stone
For a traditional, stately look choose a slate-, stone-, or marble-topped table. The upkeep of a stone top will depend upon the type of stone.

Upholstered
If you desire a cushy place to rest your feet, an upholstered tabletop has the sturdiness of a coffee table, but the comfort of an ottoman. Placing a serving tray atop an upholstered coffee table can give you a spot to rest a drink without worry of it spilling.

Height and Width

The best size of your coffee table depends on the size of your sofa. For optimal balance and function, the coffee table should be around two thirds the width of the sofa. The height should be 5–10 cm below the height of the sofa seat. To give ample room for moving around, make sure there are around 45cm of space between the sofa and the table.

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This publication helps to learn about interior design styles and materials used to design a space nowadays.

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