How do I Choose the Best Large Coffee Table?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Woman holding a book
Woman holding a book

When choosing a large coffee table, it is important to consider the shape of the table, the materials that are used to make it, whether or not the table offers any storage space, and its weight. The first step in choosing a large coffee table is measuring the area where the coffee table will be installed. This will define whether the table should be long and rectangular or just large and square. In some cases, an oval or round table might be the best choice. When shopping for a large coffee table, make sure to choose one that fits within the measured space.

It is important to consider the materials that are used to make the table. Roughly hewn pieces of lumber can be perfect components for a large coffee table that is intended for a rustic room. Elegantly polished pieces of cherry, on the other hand, might work well for a coffee table that will go in a fancy living room. A large coffee table made entirely out of glass might be a nice addition to a modern living room. Be sure to consider material, style, and color before making a purchase.

For many people, it is important to choose a large coffee table that offers a storage space. While some coffee tables offer little to no storage space, others offer quite a bit. There are even some large coffee tables that are, effectively, large trunks. These kinds of coffee tables offer the most storage space.

There are others that include drawers or cabinets under the surface of the coffee table. Some are designed with a long shelf that runs the length of the coffee table and is parallel with the coffee table surface. Even this simple kind of storage area can hold various items or can be organized using baskets or bookends.

When purchasing a large coffee table, it is also very important to consider the weight of the object. A very large marble coffee table, for example, could be very difficult to move because of its weight. A large coffee table with tons of storage could also be rather heavy. For people who need to move their coffee tables on a regular basis to clean or to use the room for another purpose, it may be best to choose a coffee table that is not especially heavy.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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