Ever found yourself wishing that you had a coffee table, or an end table, or even a console table for that matter, while you are working or reading? If so, then you know the significance of a coffee table and an end table. These pieces of furniture don’t just beautify your house, but they also provide you with practical extra storage space.
With the huge variety of options available, choosing the right coffee table can be difficult. (Inhabitr has so many gorgeous coffee table options, too!)
We’re here to give you a few pillars to make it easier, so you can feel happy with your purchase. Coffee tables serve several purposes, from completing a look to storage and display – they’re much needed in a space. Here’s a handy guide on how to choose a coffee table, to help you find the multitasker of your dreams!
- Plan your Budget
The price points for a coffee table can range from ultra-expensive to very budget-friendly, so before you start shopping know what you have to spend on it.
If you’re furnishing a new space, your overall budget should be broken down into accessories, lighting, and furniture. Furniture items include the sofa, side tables, chairs, and coffee table. The larger portion of the budget could be allocated to the bigger pieces.
You could bend a little on your budget if you see something you love, but having rough numbers in place would give you a helpful point of reference.
- Keep Functionality in Mind
Another important factor is to know what the primary use of the table will be. Will the coffee table be more decorative, or will it provide storage? How much storage will be enough? Coffee tables with storage can come with shelves, or drawers to hold everything from kids’ toys to that stash of magazines you will someday read.
Regardless if storage is needed, there is still a good chance you will want to be able to place a drink or a plate down without the risk of tipping over. Pick a piece that will hold drinks and snack plates with ease.
If décor is more the purpose, you can focus on one with lines and texture in a material you love.
- Get the Right Size and shape
A coffee table that is too high, too low, or too broad can have a huge impact on the overall look of a room. It should be proportionate to the size of your room and should also work with all your existing furniture.
When figuring out how to buy the right size coffee table, remember that you want to give your space a balanced look and maintain some symmetry. It is important to choose and buy a coffee table online that matches the height of your sofa or armchair. A large coffee table will be an eye-sore if your sofa and seats are small.
As with size, you will need to determine the perfect shape you need for your ideal coffee table. With a variety of coffee tables available online at Inhabitr, finding the perfect shape for your space has become quite easy. As you take a look at your living or working space, think about what shape would best compliment the room.
For families with children and pets, a round or an oval coffee table would be the best choice. The curved edge of the table will help avoid major injuries in case of an accident. It also provides more space to walk past it.
Rectangular coffee tables, on the other hand, are a popular choice if you have a bigger space. They provide more space and can be used to set down books, magazines, and even souvenirs on them.
- Consider Storage Space
If you wish to make the most of your space, choosing a wooden or rustic coffee table with inbuilt storage is a good idea. It can be a simple and solid affair or a sleek table with drawers. You can use these to stash away newspapers, keys, stationery, and other odds and ends.
Storage-friendly coffee tables can keep your living room uncluttered and organized. Organizational features like drawers, bins, and shelves are ideal for storing magazines, pillows, blankets, remotes, and anything else to help keep your living room clutter-free.
- Keep Additional Features & Considerations in mind
Choose materials for your coffee table that will complement your existing furniture and suit your lifestyle. Glass or marble coffee tables, for example, might go super well with some furniture items.
Every sitting area is used and styled differently, which is why Inhabitr offers a broad selection of coffee tables in a variety of shapes, sizes, finishes, and materials. If you’re furnishing a bigger space, you could also check out our curated living room sets, to set up your space the way you want!
You could also consider renting furniture, since the smaller commitment period helps you experiment with your style better, and since it’s less expensive. (You could get a coffee table for as little as $5 – $10 per month!)