By Elliot Johnson
The coffee table is an important part of decorating your home. This piece of furniture needs to be fashionable yet functional with a lasting and durable stay in your home. It’s something that becomes a part of your family, so it needs to fit your lifestyle. From getting the first glimpse of your child’s art work to hearing the laughs and giggles of a dinner conversation as your family shares a meal around it, your coffee table plays central station to many of your family’s happenings. Whether it be a game night with your friends or a spot to prop your feet on after a long day at work, you will want your coffee table to be accessible and practical for your every need.
Choosing this perfect piece of furniture takes time and a lot of thought. How do you decide on the coffee table that perks and keeps your interest, fulfills yours family’s needs and matches the characteristics of your home? You may come across many dilemmas while choosing the right coffee table to fit your family and home, but one of the main problems you may come across is finding the perfect piece within your budget.
After figuring out what you will use the coffee table for, the style(s) you would like to look for, and the size that fits your space, decide how much money you want to spend on this piece of furniture. Since it will probably be the most used piece in your living room, you might want to splurge just a little, but that doesn’t mean the perfect coffee table has to break the bank. It just means that you may need to spend a little extra time finding your table, and you may have to use some elbow grease to get it exactly how you want.
Here are a few factors you may want to consider before buying your new coffee table...
Resale shops are a great place to find many unique items. You may have to put forth a little labor with cleaning and possibly painting the coffee table you find, but you won’t be sorry. You might actually feel a sense of pride as you show off your hard work!
If you are looking for a classic style, try looking in antique shops. You may think an antique piece of furniture will be too much for your budget, but shop smart. Usually, smaller towns and cities will have antique shops that hold so many gems that have been overlooked. The prices are usually more reasonable, and don’t be afraid to bargain! Remember, the worst thing the shop owner can say is, “No.” The exploration may take a little longer, but it is well worth it to have a piece of furniture on display in your home that has a history and story to tell in its past.
Do it yourself projects can be fun for the whole family. You can even get the kids involved. These kinds of projects leave you with a wide range of styles and sizes to choose from. If you don’t know a lot about DIY projects or maybe you are not the DIY type, no worries! There are several websites you can utilize that will give you step-by-step instructions and a list of items to purchase to get the job done. And, once again, you can proudly show off your create design and DIY talents to all who visit your home.
In the process to finding the right coffee table for your home, don’t forget that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to decorate your living room with a piece of furniture that you can use efficiently and be proud of.