Irmela Spener. Coffee Table. February 09th , 2018.
While the coffee table may seem like it has always been a part of home decor, they actually did not come into use in the American home until the 1920s. While coffee lovers in England was active in coming up with furniture pieces to facilitate a coffee shop type atmosphere, their solution was a table that still stood at about 27 inches tall. The much shorter coffee table height of 18-20 inches which has now become "standard," came into play when the prohibition of the 1920s changed the focus of the home entertainment scene.
Finding an antique glass coffee table is not that easy, for if you really want a real antique and not just an antique looking one then it would be hard. You need to do some research and know how to distinguish the real antique from the one who looks like and antique. Also when you decide to an antique table of any furniture for that matter you should choose something that represents you or if you have a family that represents the family.
Materials that are Inexpensive and Low-end- These tables are generally made from materials like: plywood, particle board, or MDF. These materials are typically light-weight compared to solid woods and may actually be hollow inside, so if under heavy use or moved around a lot, beware of puncturing or gouging the material as it will cause unsightly damage that is difficult to repair. While solid color or faux wood grain plastic laminate may coat plywood and particle board to create a smooth finish, MDF is already smooth and able to be painted. Square coffee tables made of these materials are typically inexpensive and will hold up to average, normal use, but be careful of heavy objects as they could cause the table to bow. Also, lighter weight materials may cause the table to slide out of place with a simple nudge. Lastly, check the finish/coating on top to assure it can withstand condensation from drinks that may cause water rings or stains. If there are no concerns with the above issues, an inexpensive coffee table may be right for you and your budget!
Osborne Wood Products gives designers, furniture makers, hobbyists, and homeowners the opportunity to truly express themselves in their furniture and home decor choices. Osborne carries a full line of wooden legs for coffee tables, as well as decorative turnings and carved legs in many other heights. Ideal for a Mission-style coffee table, tapered mission legs are available at a five inch width, creating the bold and strong look the Mission look calls for. A narrower taper is available without the recessed carving, creating a look that is more along the lines of the Shaker style. In addition, a variety of turnings are available, from the simple yet elegant English Country leg, to the more ornate Old World leg. For those occasions which call for something a little bit different, Osborne Wood Products is also more than happy to work with their customers to create custom wood legs.
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