Expensive or not, the shape and feature of the cafe tables will add a new meaning to your space. To start with, you should consider the shape of the coffee table as that will determine suitability and functionality according to the need and dimension of your space.

If you have a long sofa type arrangement, then it is best to buy a rectangular coffee table. This will ensure that everyone seated on the sofa can reach it. If you have kids at home, you can select an oval or round table which does not have sharp edges and prevents injury.

You may also need to think about construction and storage elements to fit in your style and functionality requirements.

Common Coffee Table Shapes

Usually, you will find the following types of cafe tables:

  • Rectangle – This is the most popular shape of the coffee table as it is long enough for sofa settings.
  • Round – Another popular shape that works perfectly with smaller sofa arrangements. These tables usually have a pedestal leg.
  • Square – Much like the roundtables, a square table also works well for small square-like seating arrangements.
  • Oval – If you have a longer sofa but want something in round shape then this is the table for you.  It will not appear small and unreachable.
  • Trunk – There are many different shapes found in trunk coffee tables but usually these are a rectangle. It has a lidded top for its name. It is a perfect place for storage of small everyday items.

The Common Features

The features of cafe tables are also varied and include:

  • Tray Top coffee table comes with a tabletop made of removable trays.
  • Lift Top coffee table has a moveable tabletop. It can be raised from cocktail to dining table height and lower it back to coffee table height.
  • Drawers and Shelves along with bins are ideal for storing magazines, remotes and even pillows and blankets.
  • Nesting Tables come in different shapes. Here a group of two or more tables are of progressively smaller in height to fit under the largest table making it easy to store when not in use.
  • Stools are also accompanied by cafe tables that are optimal for extra seating in a small room.
  • Casters and Rolling Legs are excellent features if you have to move your coffee table often.

The Material Preference

The material is also an important factor to consider when planning buying café tables. There are many choices and you do not have to restrict yourself to wood only. Just make sure that the material matches with the existing furniture and interiors of the space. 

  • You can choose a clear acrylic and glass material that will make your smaller space appear open. Even a metal table will serve that purpose with its glint.
  • If you have a modern room with fancy interior decor then you can choose stone tables apart from these three materials.
  • On the other hand, if you have traditional decor and design then you should choose darker wood such as mahogany or walnut and even marble to make things look good and perfectly matched.
  • Leather or faux leather are also a great option as it works well with a variety of settings and is easy to maintain.

Make A Statement

To make a bold statement and ensure that cafe tables are the focus of your room you have to blend it with other items in the room. Therefore, check all the items in your room and not just a single layer of the design. 

Published by Kate Westall