I spent a lot of time in college without coffee tables. When it came down to it, it was not an important purchase. Sure, we had a table we could use for meals, and we even had an end table, but a coffee table, at that point in life, was a luxury. Now that I’m older and have a child in my home, I realize that coffee tables are more important than I thought they were. We use ours to play games, draw pictures, eat the occasional meal, and as a place to put stuff we don’t know what to do with. I use it a lot to fold laundry, and my husband thinks it makes a nifty footstool.
Coffee tables come in all shapes and sizes, and you can find that you love or hate your table. I had one that had a drawer underneath. I loved the feature, but it also had little cubby boxes on the top. These were impossible to clean, and they ended up collecting all sorts of odd items that simple weren’t of any use, but were things we weren’t sure if we should throw away. It always looked like a mess, and I finally got sick of looking at it, and decided it was time to go to the store and look at new coffee tables.
If you buy a living room set, it may come with a table. The store may have chosen what they think matches, but if you don’t like the table they have chosen, ask if you can substitute from among the other coffee tables they have in their store. If they really want to make a sale, they may very well do this for you. Don’t forget that most of the end tables will match the coffee tables, so make sure you get those switched as well. You can find coffee tables in stores and online. You can buy one by itself, or you can get a set with end tables. You can find cheaper models in department stores, or you can buy high quality items in a furniture store. Remember to consider your home when looking at coffee tables. Some are not good for those with children. The glass type of coffee tables look great, but they are going to be dangerous and hard to clean if you have kids.
Also consider sharp corners or ones that have extras that might break off. You will find your children use your table quite often, so you want something that is safe and secure. .