Coffee Table. Thursday , February 08th , 2018 - 12:21:16 PM
A convertible coffee table is a great option for people with space restrictions like a small kitchen or lack of a dining room. It is ideal for someone who lives in a studio apartment. Some fancy ones can transform from a coffee table to an elegant glass topped dining table for when you have company while others that have cleverly hidden stools that come away from the table base for dining. A good example is the dual purpose bamboo Convertible Table designed by the Danish designer Tom Rossau. It changes from a coffee unit to a 10 person dining table. The convertible tables can function as workstations, storage spaces, meal tables or simply flat surfaces for your drink or books while you lounge on the sofa. And all this can be achieved just by adjusting the height of the lift top.
As people moved away from cocktails toward coffee, J. Stuart Foote was there to meet the new demand, and named himself the inventor of the coffee table. Until Mr. Foote’s company - the Imperial Furniture Company - began mass producing this newly needed furniture, ordinary citizens were relegated to sawing the legs of higher tables to bring them down to the appropriate height. Despite its relatively recent beginning, the coffee table quickly gained popularity in the American home.
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.
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