How Do I Choose the Best Metal and Glass Coffee Tables?

Dan Cavallari

Metal and glass coffee tables are visually appealing alternatives to the more traditional wooden coffee table. Choosing the best one starts with determining what size table you need for your living space, as well as what additional features you may want included with the table. The style and design of metal and glass coffee tables can vary significantly, and regardless of the style or design you choose, you will need to look for a unit that is stable and strong. Check to make sure the table is well-built, and that it is constructed from high-quality materials that will not break down quickly.

Woman holding a book
Woman holding a book

Consider the overall aesthetic of the room before considering purchasing any metal and glass coffee tables. The table itself should blend in with the aesthetic of the other furniture in the room, as well as the colors of the walls, carpets, and so on. You can choose among metal and glass coffee tables that are strikingly different from the other decor of the room, and you may even be able to do this successfully, but in many cases, choosing a table that contrasts too sharply with the overall aesthetic of the room will make the table appear gaudy and out of place.

You can, of course, choose among metal and glass coffee tables that appeal to you aesthetically, regardless of whether they fit with the current decor or not. Having a noticeable table can mean it becomes a conversation piece. Choose a table that fits your visual desires, and make sure it is functional enough for daily use. Some tables are designed more for aesthetic appeal and less for daily function, so keep this in mind, especially if you have a family that will be using the table frequently.

The metal used for construction of the table can be heavy duty or lighter duty. Make sure to choose a table with metal that is at least strong enough to bear the weight of the tabletop when it is holding other items. Heavy-duty metal will end up driving up the price of metal and glass coffee tables, but the investment is worthwhile considering the table will last much longer, preventing replacement costs in the near future. The metal legs should be quite sturdy, and if the table features a low shelf below the tabletop, this shelf should be stable and should contribute to the overall strength and stability of the table.

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