When coffee reached North America during the Colonial period, it was initially not as successful as it had been in Europe as alcoholic beverages remained more popular. During the Revolutionary War, the demand for coffee increased so much that dealers had to hoard their scarce supplies and raise prices dramatically; this was also due to the reduced availability of tea from British merchants, and a general resolution among many Americans to avoid drinking tea following the 1773 Boston Tea Party. After the War of 1812, during which Britain temporarily cut off access to tea imports, the Americans' taste for coffee grew.
Apart from the cosy fireplace in the house, the main focal point of any living room happens to be the coffee table. This particular type of table is said to be the descendant of the popular European tea table which is usually placed before a sofa and is meant to hold the knick-knacks and magazines along with the coffee cups. These days you can find them in a large varieties such as the elaborately carved wooden ones, or the ones made of glass and chrome, or even the ones in wicker and bamboo.
If soup is the first course, to the left of the dinner plate, moving clockwise, are placed a small salad fork to the left of the dinner plate; a large dinner fork to the left of the salad fork; a side plate above the forks; a wine or water glass above and to the right of the dinner plate; a large dinner knife to the right of the dinner plate; a smaller butter knife to the right of the dinner knife; a dinner spoon to the right of the knives; a soup spoon to the right of the dinner spoon.
Besides wood tables, Metal coffee tables are quite popular nowadays. Similar to wood tables, metal tables are weighed lighter and are sturdy too. Generally, the legs of the metal tables are narrower below than the top. They are patterned in unique designs making the table look stylish. Metal being a tougher material it gives better support than wood. With its smooth surface, water-resistant quality and ridgeless look it is a good choice for the coffee table.
Tables come in a wide variety of materials, shapes, and heights dependent upon their origin, style, intended use and cost. Many tables are made of wood or wood-based products; some are made of other materials including metal and glass. Most tables are composed of a flat surface and one or more supports (legs). A table with a single, central foot is a pedestal table. Long tables often have extra legs for support.