Coffee tables: Making a statement
These tables aren't just a place for coffee, says Kate Watson-Smyth
Wednesday 21 January 2009
It may feel like the last addition to the room after you have chosen the wallpaper and installed the seating, but a coffee table can be the bigger statement. Anyone with small children will know that there's no option for a few artfully arranged books and objets, but they can still be used for vital storage, putting your feet up and playing games or doing Lego.
Coffee tables come in all shapes and sizes so take the time to think about what you want from it before you buy one. In a small room, it's worth considering a clear glass or acrylic one, which won't dominate the space so much. If you'll be resting cups of coffee on it then only go for the antique look if you are disciplined with coasters. If you've run out of storage, look for one with drawers in the sides to hold games, paper and pencils. If it's mostly going to be empty then you can have one with a lid that lifts up so it will be easy to find what you need. All that considered, here are some of the best that are around at the moment.
1. CHALKBOARD COFFEE TABLE, £239.79
This blank wooden table has nicely turned legs giving a slightly more traditional feel, but you can write all over the top. Good for reminders and spur of the moment games of Hangman.
Hidden Art Shop (020-7729 3800; www.hiddenartshop.com )
2. LOOP, FROM £399
Fabulously retro with a bit of storage too. This unit comes in either an oak or white finish to add a modern touch to a traditional room. Or alternatively, it will fit in well with a more contemporary looking space.
Amode (0845 527 9697; www.amode.co.uk )
3. GEM, £449
A toughened clear glass table with an internal shelf and brushed stainless steel feet. There are no visible joints as it's glued together and will give the impression that objects are floating inside. A table that is both practical and makes a statement.
Habitat (0844 499 111; www.habitat.net )
4. HIGH-GLOSS FOUR BLOCK, £245
Contemporary table with a sliding top allowing for storage underneath. Also comes in a smaller version. Or check out their Pivot table, which comes with a stool attached underneath that swings out and makes an extra seat.
Dwell (0845 675 9090; www.dwell.co.uk )
5. ILLUMINATING COFFEE TABLE, £2,000
Customised to your own design, this coffee table will bring the nightclub to your sitting room. You can switch the light upwards into the room or down towards the floor. If you pay extra you can have a design on the top as well.
Suck UK (020-7923 0011; www.suck.uk.com )
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Phantom of the Opera writer mocked after issuing a warning about Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon
General election 2015: Labour will toughen hate crimes legislation surrounding Islamophobia
HSBC review into moving headquarters from UK 'underway'
- 1 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 2 Frank Lampard's face drops when Holly Willoughby introduces him as a 'Man City legend'
- 3 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
- 5 General Election 2015: Stephen Hawking says he will vote Labour
£16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Photographer/ Floor planner /...
£30000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Front-End Developer - Guildford/Craw...
£13500 - £15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Customer Service Assistant is...
£16000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An ambitious and motivated Sale...