Glass is fairly low-maintenance though it will have to be cleaned frequently to avoid smears, smudges, and other marks. It also needs to be handled carefully as it can break and since it has sharp edges, it’s not a great choice for a space that needs to accommodate children. However, it can be both traditional and modern and add a very light touch to a room. If you don’t necessarily want the table itself to be the focal point of your decor, glass is a great option!
The size, shape and finish of the child-friendly coffee table is key. I often suggest round or oval pieces for clients with young, accident prone children. Corner-free is always a sensible solution (although you can get padded corner protectors for edges). There are so many gorgeous circular contemporary coffee tables available now, at a range of price points. For so long, rectangular pieces reigned supreme but curves have come back fighting! And for square spaces, they also look gorgeous. This is especially true if the rest of your furniture is quite ‘blocky’ and the formation is very structured. For rectangular areas, consider groupings of rounded coffee tables (more on this below). I would also recommend wood, stone or hammered metal finishes – slightly imperfect is beyond useful in this scenario.
Seating ensemble feeling empty? Try a coffee table! Not only do they anchor your space, but they offer room to stage a display and serve up trays of treats when you find yourself entertaining. This one, for example, adds a pop of polish with its clean-lined metal frame sporting a sleek chrome finish. Up top, clear glass ties it all together with a touch of elegance. Measures 18'' H x 42'' L x 18'' W.
This minimalist mirror features a flat panel of glass in a sleek brushed nickel frame and can be wall-mounted or leaned. For a contemporary ensemble in your bedroom, start by rolling out a white shag area rug to define the space, then arrange a lacquered wood nightstand with chrome legs on each side of a low-profile platform bed. Lean this streamlined mirror against the wall outside your closet, then add bold accents to brighten up space, including a potted fiddle leaf fig plant in a textured...
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A tri-level coffee table sets the stage for drama in this Chicago living room. The custom sofa, in a JAB Anstoetz fabric, is by Dune, the 1950s chair (left) is in a Dedar fabric, and the custom armchair is covered in Arabel fabrics; the 1930s orange lacquer–and-shagreen sideboard is French, the 1950s Murano glass table lamp is by Seguso, the 1955 chandelier is by FontanaArte, the custom rug is by Beauvais, and the Venetian plaster walls are in Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray.
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First up: rules. While you can, of course, go with whatever shape and size you like, to have an ideal relationship between your coffee table and sofa, here are some general things to keep in mind: Your coffee table should be at least half the length of your sofa (but no more than roughly ⅔ the length) and should sit at about the same height as the seat, give or take 4 inches (i.e., if your sofa is 90-inches long and 20-inches tall, you should look for something, no matter the shape, that’s around 45 to 54 inches wide and 16 to 24 inches tall). However, if you have a sectional with a chaise, and your table is going within the open L-shape that sofa shape creates, that 1/2 to 2/3 guideline applies better to just the length of the horizontal seat, rather than the full length of the sofa. Here’s a quick graphic to show you what we mean, as well as a breakdown of ideal shapes by sofa configuration:
The table was finally assembled. I filled the cracks in the mitered corners with wood filler being careful not to over fill the area. Wood filler, like glue, can block the stain sometimes and not allow a nice finish. Once all nail holes etc. were filled and dried, everything got a sanding. I sanded the mitered corners the most to have a flat finished joint. The rest got a light sanding to prep for staining. Everything was stained with three coats of a chestnut color oil stain. I then added two coats of satin water poly. The wood still had an uneven look to the stain so I glazed everything. It helped even out the color and add some character. I gave everything two more coats of poly.
There is a theory by Koa Stephens, furniture maker and theorist, that the current standard shape and dimensions are in direct relation to Bedouin and Moroccan brass tables. Noting that, "It may be no coincidence that it is called a coffee table since these were the guys that brought coffee to the western world." The theory calls to its support the rise in popularity the oriental rug which is from the same region during the same era as the introduction of the coffee table.
Seating ensemble feeling empty? Try a coffee table! Not only do they anchor your space, but they offer room to stage a display and serve up trays of treats when you find yourself entertaining. This one, for example, features a wrought iron frame founded atop four turned legs connected by curving supports. A clear glass top levels out the look, and provides the perfect perch. Measures 20'' H x 50'' L x 30'' W.
The beauty of a pedestal table that you've created yourself should be showcased with beautiful, clear glass cut exactly to your spec. It's easier than ever to order glass for patio tables online. Our glass patio table tops are perfect for DIYers who want to create tables out of -- well, anything! We've had customers create outdoor tables from bird baths, old wooden pallets, and vintage oak barrels. Get those creative juices flowing and create something for your outdoor space!
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.