Susanne Wittgenstein. Coffee Table. February 13th , 2018.
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.
After you have figured out that the best coffee table shape to fit your room is a square coffee table, do not forget to consider what would be the best material for this frequently utilized piece of furniture. Consider the following: How will you use it- Practically speaking, the use of your square coffee table will ultimately determine what material you should choose. Some materials are more solid and durable while others are used for the sole purpose of being inexpensive and more affordable, though may or may not last as long as you would like. Once you figure out what the most common use of your table will be, match that use to the material that is strong enough and durable enough to handle it.
Next is to go on a search in your local store and if you can‘t seem to find the wood and glass coffee table you wanted you could always try customizing one. First is you have to find a top glass in your local furniture stores, when you finish this task you could find someone who knows how to put wooden frames on glass. After you solve that part you can then search for a base that will fit your wood and glass top to have a complete table. It‘s easier said than done, if you decide to customize your table you should prepare yourself for it take a lot of your patience and effort to make the coffee table that you want. The advantage of customizing is your own coffee table is that it will be unique plus you could brag about it with your friends.
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!
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