Fan out a stack of glossy magazines or just keep a tray of cocktails out for your guests with this sleek coffee table. Taking on a clean-lined silhouette that works well in both classic and contemporary settings, its frame is crafted from steel while the top is tempered glass. Though understated in its design, this piece lends a pop of polish to any living room look or den ensemble with its metallic finishes.
“A lot of what is in our homes seems very temporary — like, this piece will do for now, until I have money/a place to live for more than a year/find something better,” one 27-year-old woman from Chicago said. “I think a lot of us do want heavy, well-made objects with history, but it just doesn't quite line up with budget and life stage. Stuff kind of weighs you down, too, and that's something I think a lot of young people are looking to avoid.”
The High Street and online retailers have some gorgeous contemporary coffee tables on offer – from ’60s replica pieces to fresh, post-Postmodern designs. The key is to know what to look for and luckily, I’ve compiled a carefully curated, thoroughly researched, expert edit below for your enjoyment. And if you’re still pining over that pair of shoes or decided to sack it all off and go see Ed, then so be it. At least I’ve tried.
A wide range of serving dishes are used to transport food from kitchen to table or to serve it at table, in order to make food service easier and cleaner or more efficient and pleasant. Serving dishes include: butter dishes; casseroles; fruit bowls; ramekins or lidded serving bowls; compotes; pitchers or jugs; platters, salvers, and trays; salt and pepper shakers or salt cellars; sauce or gravy boats; tureens and tajines; vegetable or salad bowls.
Widely known as coffeehouses or cafés, establishments serving prepared coffee or other hot beverages have existed for over five hundred years. Coffeehouses in Mecca became a concern as places for political gatherings to the imams who banned them, and the drink, for Muslims between 1512 and 1524. In 1530 the first coffeehouse was opened in Damascus. The first coffeehouse in Constantinople was opened in 1475 by traders arriving from Damascus and Aleppo. Soon after, coffeehouses became part of the Ottoman Culture, spreading rapidly to all regions of the Ottoman Empire.
It’s recommended that cheaper, sturdier coffee tables should be used for family rooms, so consider whether a glass coffee table is appropriate. If your immediate reaction is no, think about how easy a glass coffee table is to clean. This could be a major point in favor of a glass coffee table in a room that goes through daily use. For living rooms, the elegance of a glass coffee table definitely makes it a great option.
I unclamped the top. It wasn’t as sturdy as I hoped. However, I only needed it to stay together while I screwed the skirt to it. I flipped over the top. I then flipped all the joined legs and skirt upside down and placed the works on top of the table top. Once centered, I traced the skirt and legs on the underside of the table top. I moved everything over and ran glue around the marked areas of the top. I then placed the skirt and legs back in place. I proceeded to to screw pocket screws around the perimeter, zigzagging from side to side to help it from wiggling out of place while I worked. The block end of the legs added much needed stability to the mitered corners of the top. Reluctantly I shot one or two nails in each of the corners of the top to keep them from separating while everything dried. The basic table was done.
Again, this should sound familiar. Our micro-generation is sometimes called the “Ikea generation,” in part because we’re the first to graduate from college and turn so forcefully toward a single provider of furniture. This finding is borne out in a totally nonscientific survey I conducted, of 770 people of various ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, and locations. Hundreds said that their first furniture was some combination of Ikea and something else. A 24-year-old from Washington, DC, who identifies their gender as nonbinary, said, “Everyone I know in their 20s is an Ikea addict.”
Lastly, before shopping for your perfect coffee table, pick a few materials that would work well with your lifestyle and your space. Don't just default to wood—there are so many options out there. Now that glass is out of the question for families with small children, think of other options that could work well for your lifestyle. If you have a small space, a lucite coffee table could be a good option to not visually clutter the room. If you have hardwood floors in a mid-tone color, try staying away from wood—and pick something complementary like marble or travertine.