Coffee Tables

We have a great range of stylish coffee tables to choose from, some of which have the added benefit of hidden storage within so that newspapers, magazines and ad hoc clutter can be easily tidied away. Choose from a wide range of white gloss, solid oak, glass, white oak and rich dark wood coffee tables to complement your living space.

When picking a coffee table, think about some of these criteria: What will you use it for? .....What do you need the table to do for you visually?....Does it need to be mobile? maybe you have a sofa bed so it needs to movedaround the room?

Good to know - Top tips from our designer: Measure the height of the sofa and chairs around the table. Your table should be the same height - around 18 inches tall. If you do need storage, consider a table with a shelf underneath or drawers for stashing books, remotes, wii, magazines etc. Consider the material you choose...does your room need texture? .....A natural element like rough hewn wood or something super-sleek?

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Useful thoughts:

A coffee table is an essential piece of living room furniture, it’s no longer just a place to perch your mug of coffee. It’s a place to display your trophy books and desirable designer glossy magazines, a makeshift desk for colouring or homework.

The coffee table has become such a design staple - it is so much more than just another pieceof the furniture - it is somewhere to set up your laptop or play a board game? Maybe after a long day, its good place to put up your feet or even serve as an impromptu dining table!

If you are used to having a coffee table, you will find it almost impossible to function without one. Many coffee tables are made with ample storage - perfect for storing away remote controls, books

Brief history:

The coffee table originates from the tea table which was in use throughout Europe from around 17th century. These tables were tall round tables that stood beside a chair or seating area and were used to place a tea service on, so that tea could be served to family and guests. During the 18th and 19th century the tea table evolved into a tea trolley, which was rectangular in shape.

The president of the Imperial Furniture Company, J Stuart Foote claims to have invented the coffee table as we know it in 1920. Basically he cut down the legs of a table and when he saw what he was left with, decided it would work well in front of a sofa and provided a perfect place to set down his coffee!

From it’s early beginnings the coffee table has evolved throughout the decades, the typical glass top and chrome plated coffee table designed in the 1950’s is still a popular design as are the more organic shaped tables made from plastic, metal and glass in the 60’s.