Read’s of Watton offer a wide range of tables for your home.
One of our most popular sells are our gorgeous coffee tables. But with so many designs to choose from, making the right decision can sometimes be difficult.
There are so many things to consider, from its size to its shape and features. Where should you start?
This is where our handy guide comes in handy. Take a look at our advice below, and choosing the perfect coffee table will be a cup of tea – or is that a cup of coffee?
What are the suitable measurements for a coffee table?
For this question, it is probably best to break out the tape measure! We believe for optimum comfort and cohesion, the height of your coffee table should be level with your sofa cushions, give or take one to two inches. The table should be around two-thirds of your sofa length, while a space of twelve to eighteen inches should be left between the table and sofa.
What shapes of coffee table are available?
► Rectangle: perhaps the most favoured shape, the rectangle table is the perfect companion to a long sofa.► Circle: circular tables can be swamped by large sofas, so are more popular for smaller set-ups. Often with a pedestal leg (a centre leg for support), they are perfect for game nights or gatherings around the table. ► Square: better suited to smaller sofas, square tables are not always long enough for lengthy sofas. ► Oval: like the look of a circle table but have a long sofa? Get the best of both worlds with an oval table! ► Trunk: mostly rectangle, trunk tables are defined by their lidded tops (like a suitcase). Offering plenty of storage, this design is perfect for book, film and game lovers whose things clutter the living room.
What features can a coffee table offer?
There are many designs for coffee tables, each offering their own unique features. Here are just a few:
Storage: want additional storage in your living room? A coffee table is a great choice. As mentioned above, a trunk design is a great choice, but so are tray tops. These are tables whose tops are made from a collection of removable trays. You can easily store magazines, remotes, DVDs and more in a stylish, but easily accessible, way. Also, many coffee tables feature drawers and shelves for all you storage needs.Lift tops: these movable tabletops can be raised to a dining table height if the occasion arises. Perfect for impromptu dinners and parties! Once finished with, the table can easily be lowered to its original height. Nesting tables: a series small tables of decreasing size, these fit neatly under the large table (almost like Russian dolls!) when not in use. Ideal for parties and gatherings, they can be moved around the room to hold drinks and snacks. Casters: otherwise known as rolling legs, these are perfect for if you regularly move your furniture. From refreshing your layout every couple of months to hosting regular parties, casters are your best bet!
What types of material are available?
Coffee tables come in a wide range of materials, each with their own pros and cons. Wood is obviously the most common surface, though easily susceptible to water rings. This can easily be solved by coasters or trivets. Metal is a clean and durable choice. Tables are often made from steel aluminum or iron, and are perfectly complimented by a glass or wooden top.
Glass is classy and minimalist, but needs to be cleaned regularly to avoid obvious stains and spills. Finally, if you enjoy putting your feet up on the table (no matter what your wife tells you!), an upholstered tabletop is a sturdy but comfortable choice. However, best use a tray when serving drinks to avoid any spills and stains.
Where can I browse for coffee tables?
Now you know how to choose the perfect coffee table for your requirements, it’s time to visit Read’s of Watton. We offer a wide range of tables which you can browse both online and in store. In fact, if you visit our Norwich showroom, you can have a drink in our delicious coffee shop to get you in the mood!
Find us on Norwich Road, Watton, Thetford, Norfolk, IP25 6JU. If you have any more questions on coffee tables, give us a call on 01953 883613. We look forward to hearing from you very soon!