By Brie Morneau. Coffee Table. Published at Friday, February 01st, 2019 - 02:47:17 AM.
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.
If you really want to add an elegant touch to a room consider using vintage coffee tables. These older pieces of furniture are often made from mahogany cherry or oak wood and these woods have attained rich patina and deep color over the years. While hardwoods appeared to be the material of choice there were also decorative tables that were made from metal; this was often seen in furnishings imported from Europe. Many of these tables were created by very famous designers and artists and today you can expect to pay hefty sums for these quality pieces in a retail establishment.
Coffee tables come in various styles and are usually designed for the living room for writing or even working and are generally between 28 to 30 inches in height. Low tables however are exactly that; very low and only a few inches tall and can make a big difference to a living room that has matching furniture and other complimentary pieces to go with the typically low coffee table. Mainly because of its unusual dwarf look it gives an unconventional and unique look to any room that calls out for attention.
After enjoying a meal with some guests there is no better way to follow it up than by having brewed coffee and dessert on your new slate coffee table in your cool living room. According to one definition of a coffee table it is a style of long low table placed in front of a sofa to support beverages magazines feet books and other small items. The idiom Gather round the coffee table is derived from this furniture piece and its penchant for encouraging hospitality and light conversation. Coffee tables are functional and ornamental pieces for a living room.
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