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Coffee, regarded as a Muslim drink, was prohibited by Ethiopian Orthodox Christians until as late as 1889; it is now considered a national drink of Ethiopia for people of all faiths. Its early association in Europe with rebellious political activities led to Charles II outlawing coffeehouses from January 1676 (although the uproar created forced the monarch to back down two days before the ban was due to come into force). Frederick the Great banned it in Prussia in 1777 for nationalistic and economic reasons; concerned about the price of import, he sought to force the public back to consuming beer. Lacking coffee-producing colonies, Prussia had to import all its coffee at a great cost.
Rounding out your living room decor while keeping beverages, remotes, and more at arm’s reach, coffee tables are an essential in any home. Brimming with contemporary style, this table strikes a rectangular silhouette and features rounded edges and two metal legs with a polished chrome finish. It’s made from manufactured wood with solid wood veneers awash in a glossy neutral tone, and measures 11.8'' H x 27.6'' W x 47.2'' D.
Tie together your living room ensemble with this simply chic coffee table. Crafted from a metal frame with a clear glass tabletop and lower shelf, it showcases a sleek and modern silhouette perfect for pairing with contemporary aesthetics. Measuring 15'' H x 54'' L x 23'' W, there's plenty of space up top to stage snacks and drinks cocktail hour, and fan out magazines and your favorite coffee table books down below.
I wish I had had this post years ago! I had a 6 year journey to find a coffee table to replace the glass topped Ikea one that I inherited from my husband’s bachelor pad (the constant cleaning of smudge marks drove me crazy). I prioritized being able to sit on the floor with my legs straight out under the coffee table because this is how I used to work on jigsaw puzzles, lol (flash forward 3 years later with a kid and I haven’t done a puzzle in 2 years…). After years of searching for something under $500, we eventually splurged on a Chilton coffee table from Room and Board (https://www.roomandboard.com/catalog/living/coffee-tables/chilton-coffee-table-in-walnut) because we realized it’s the piece of furniture we use the most in the whole house (we eat a lot of meals in front of the TV after the baby is in bed). Anyway, thank you so much for this super helpful post!
Notes on this table; I did note that through other sellers it's different so be sure you do as this seller says in their details and buy from them as I guess they're the original seller (from what Ive read when researching this table) and as such they have the table you'll want if you're wanting tempered glass and the look of this one. From what I read some of the knock off sellers difffernces included not getting tempered glass (this one does have it) and the glass bottom is different colors like black or darkened glass. This one is clear top glass and bottom frosted glass. The pics seem to show clear top and bottom but it's not but I like ... full review
Once everything dried overnight, I began by adding decorative trim on the edges of the skirt. It added character to the table but would also hide the edge of the plywood bottom I would put I later. The top piece I cut and placed at the top between the legs. The other piece I placed along the bottom edge of the skirt overhanging approx. ¼”. I cheated by holding a piece of ¼” scrap on the edge while I glued and nailed it. No measuring. Repeat on all 4 sides. I then glued and nailed a 1” x 2” on the inside of the skirt at the top. It added more stability to the top and helped hide the pocket screws. I placed ¾” x ½” pine at the corners of the legs. This would hide the edge of the bottom plywood when installed for a more finished look.
Glass table tops are also a hassle-free way to give furniture a new look. For example, if you want to refresh an older piece of furniture without having to deal with stains or paint, glass table tops are a great option. You can use a glass table top to add the shine a stain or paint would have without the mess. A glass table top would look great on a dresser, desk, or coffee table while also making it easy to clean them.
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.