Verena Bamberger. Coffee Table. February 08th , 2018.
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.
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!
Miscellaneous Materials- You can find tables that mix materials and create a focal point or conversation piece for your living area. Glass, granite, marble, and slate are common solid surfaces that are inset in a wood coffee table top or even one that is wrought iron or metal. Whatever table top material you choose, you may select a different material for the legs to create interest or creativity.
Shapes and Styles: Of all the large wood coffee tables, the rectangular is by far the most popular especially since it matches the dimensions of most living rooms and lends a special ambiance to it. Tables made of oak veneer are also very popular with the nest of three tables made of wood not only looks good but does a great job in maximizing space in any room.
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