Coffee Tables with Storage - The Perfect Living Room Companion
Written by Andrew | Last Updated 2019-10-21
Not only a home designer, Andrew is also the founder of BFA. He always have full enthusiasm for the industry and his job, and he enjoys to share some new ideas to others. His professional advice can help you choose furniture better and home style which fits you.
Coffee tables come in all shapes and sizes. They also come in a wide range of materials and design themes. From wooden classics to glass and metal designs to rustic themes to simple yet functional pieces, you can find the perfect coffee table for your home, office, living room, dorm room, or even for your kitchen breakfast nook. You only need to know where to look, what to consider before making a final purchase, and a basic level of familiarity with the different material, color, and design options that are common with coffee tables in the modern age.
Coffee Tables With Storage - Combining Function With Fashion
In terms of design progression, coffee tables with in-built storage options are a relative newcomer to the home and furniture scene. Realizing that they could kill two birds with one stone, designers began outfitting standard, stand-alone coffee tables with new parts and features, such as retractable drawers, wheels for mobility, and customizable layouts (as is common with tables that can be set up and arranged in multiple ways thanks to disconnected parts that can be used together). In the end, the coffee table with storage was born, and the coffee table landscape was changed forever.
It is no wonder that coffee tables with storage options have become very popular over the years. They were initially designed for use in the family room or lounge, but there are many designs that are customized for use in office spaces, business places (including hospitals, hotels, and stores), and for a wide range of other uses such as in waiting rooms, libraries, coffee shops, and more.
The main benefit of coffee tables with storage space is that they can provide dual uses within the same floor space: a place to put your coffee, drinks, or magazines, and storage space for remotes, home knickknacks, and other assorted items. However, the benefits do not stop there. Coffee tables with storage space can save you the cost of a separate chest of drawers, can be used for eating on and not just for holding drinks or magazines, and can even be found in kid-friendly designs and colors. Because of their versatile nature, they tend to find a lot of other uses around the house over time as well, and as a result, they can be your go-to piece of furniture for whenever you move houses or want to redecorate the home. Thankfully, however, you can find storage coffee tables that are made of durable wood or resilient metal, and choosing the right table will give you years of use and peace of mind thanks to the organization, space-saving, cost, and design benefits that storage coffee tables provide you with.
Before Purchasing a Coffee Table with Storage
Before you actually go out and purchase a coffee table with storage, you should do a little homework and background research so that you know what you need. Knowing what you need will help you narrow down your choices from a field that is chock-full of attractive options, not all of which would be right for you.
Here are the questions you need to ask yourself before you purchase a coffee table with storage.
Where Will You Use It?
The first thing to consider before buying a coffee table with storage is where you want to use your table. This is because, for example, coffee tables that are used in the living room or family room are used differently from coffee tables in, say, the den or guest room. Family room coffee tables tend to be used more roughly. You would not want to have an overly intricate coffee table for your family or living rooms, especially if you have small children or pets in the house.
With this in mind, coffee tables for the family room need to be a lot more durable and sturdier than similar tables used in other places. And tables with storage space are great options for the reasons outlined above.
Do You Need A Centerpiece?
Coffee tables are traditionally used as the centerpiece of your living or family room. If you have a particular design theme or decorative style that you have in your home, make sure to choose a table that not only has storage space but also fits in the style you have in the rest of your house (or at least in the rest of your living or family room). Light tones go with light tones, and bright colors go well with light and dark contrast colors.
When using a storage coffee table as the centerpiece of your room, you need to consider the style and colors, as above, as well as the material, combinations of colors and/or materials, and the finish of the surface, as the surface of your coffee table is clearly the part that is used the most!
Choose The Right Material
The majority of coffee tables on the market, understandably, are made of wood. Wood has for the longest time been the go-to material for furniture of every type, not just coffee tables. From beds and sofas to settees, dining tables, and sectionals, wood can be shaped, designed, cut, assembled, transported, painted, and styled with ease. It is also very tough and long-lasting. However, there is no reason you have to restrict yourself in this way when purchasing a wooden coffee table when there are so many alternatives available on the market, each with its own unique features.
Consider the following. Metal and glass tables can help to make a smaller room look larger and more open. The shine of metal can be leveraged the same way and for the same purpose. Materials such as marble, acrylic, and shiny laminate also look very good, depending on the setting. If you want a more sober theme, something more upscale and traditional, you can opt for darker wood. Mahogany and walnut are good options for doing this.
What Size and Shape Do You Want?
As mentioned above, coffee tables, including those with storage, come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and design themes. The shape of the room in which you plan to place your new storage coffee table will invariably play a role in the coffee table you eventually choose, but you should pay attention to the seating setup and configuration that you have in your room as well.
For example, coffee tables that are rectangular or oval in shape work best for rooms with limited space. Coffee tables that are round or square in shape are better for larger rooms and for use with more seats. Sectionals and large sofas look great when tied together with a grand square coffee table. Pay attention to scale as well. Make sure that your coffee table is, at most, two-thirds of the total length of your sofa, and make sure to leave enough legroom around the outer sides of the table. Make sure the table is not too high either, as that would make using it somewhat awkward. As a general rule, the coffee table you choose should be equal or lower in height than the seats of your sofas or chairs.
Benefits of Coffee Tables with Storage
As mentioned above, the type of coffee table you choose for your home or living space will depend on where you want to use it and for what purposes. When it comes to coffee tables with storage, there are also a number of options you can choose. You can choose tables that have shelves, compartments, drawers, or niches. You can also choose tables that have stackable trays or built-in tables. Some tables come with extra space for use while eating, and some even come with wheels and casters that allow you to roll your table away whenever you need to.
In case you are not completely sold on the idea of purchasing a coffee table with storage, consider the following benefits of storage coffee tables:
For the price of one item, you get a coffee table as well as a storage place for home items
Large coffee tables can be used to store everything from remotes, devices, and random home items to stationery, trays, cutlery, cups, glasses, and more
Many storage coffee tables also come with options such as wheels, doing away with issues of mobility even for large pieces of furniture
With storage compartments, you not only help organize your home, but you also conserve space
Coffee tables with storage give you more functionality for minor differences in price, and you can always opt for a lower-budget item than a high-end item if you cannot find the piece you like within the price range you have decided you want to stick to
Thanks to all of the variety available in the market, you can get the table you want for the space you need it in the color, shape, and design that you want, that too within the budget and design theme of your choice
Summary and Pre-Purchasing Checklist
Coffee tables are often the final missing pieces to living room and family room ensembles. They can either make or break the case of a great room and either tie everything together or make your living space an awkward combination of mismatched furniture items. Once you have decided that a coffee table with storage is right for you, make sure to go through this pre-purchasing checklist so that you get the right item and avoid common pitfalls made by inexperienced furniture buyers.
Remember to keep the space you have in mind before making a purchase. Ideally, the distance from the edge of your sofas or chairs to the edge of your coffee table should be 18 inches. This gives you enough space for your legs but is still close enough for you to lean over to take or put down a drink or magazine.
Make sure to leave some walking space between and around your sofas, chairs, and your new coffee table. You should have at least 30 inches or so between the coffee table and other storage items such as media cabinets.
Make sure the height of your table is equal to or less than the height of the seats and sofas you have in your room. You should only go for a taller table (one that will consequently give you more storage space as well) if you have equally high seats in your living room or family room.
Keep the design theme of your home in mind when making a purchase as well. Plush, colorful sofas may not go well with a solid oak or mahogany storage table. Similarly, streamlined coffee tables may not go well with ornate and traditional sofas and seats. Strike a balance between the two to keep the feel, style, and design tone of your home coordinated.
Think of child-friendly tables if you have kids in the house. There are many child-friendly storage coffee tables available in the market that do not have sharp corners, come in adjustable heights, and have multiple storage options for all of the random items you or your child might need to access on a regular basis.
Think of long-term maintenance as well before making a purchase. Glass tables are lighter and less bulky than wooden or metal tables. They are also a lot easier to keep clean with a simple wipe or cloth. You can even use glass tables without coasters, saving you from water-related issues common with wooden tables such as water rings and cracks. Lucite and acrylic are great options for clear coffee tables if you want to give your room a more grand look or if you happen to have an expensive rug under your table that you do not want all covered up by a bulky coffee table that comes with storage and drawers.
Buying a coffee table can seem pretty straightforward to some people and confusing and overwhelming to others. However, armed with the checklists provided here, as well as the general benefits and purchasing guidelines that you need to keep in mind before buying a coffee table with storage, you should be able to narrow down your choices and arrive at a final option that works just right for you and your family.