Coffee Talk – Selecting the Ideal Coffee Table

History 101

Legend has it that in 1920 J. Stuart Foote, president of the Imperial Furniture Company, invented the modern-day coffee table. He gallantly helped his wife prepare for a gathering by sawing down the legs on a rectangular wooden table.

Present Day Coffee Tables

The revered coffee table has served many a cup of coffee, tea, and other beverages and continues to be a staple piece of furniture in homes of all sizes. Here at The Amish Craftsman, we love the versatility of the coffee table!

Today, there are so many choices when selecting a coffee table. Our Amish Builders will customize the shape and size of your coffee table to fit your home. They’ll also customize to your needs with options including drawers, shelving, and lift-top lids.

Put your stamp of personality on your own coffee table by adorning it with your favorite books, a vase of fresh cut flowers, and other items that vary in height to create interest.

What’s Your Table Type?

The best place to start is with the size and layout of your room.

If space is limited, a round or oval coffee table will allow for more room to navigate your space. Keep with these table shapes if you have little ones in the home.

Rectangular tables pair well with sectionals or oversized sofas.

Place a square coffee table among smaller furniture sets. For example, a loveseat parallel to two club chairs. The key is to balance your space.   

Next, think about the other furniture in your room. Create a comfortable flow within the room by harmonizing your seating, other tables (shop our Occasional Collections), and Entertainment Centers.

Consider the function of the table. Do you want something that is mainly decorative or does your family need storage space for books, blankets, and remote controls? Would you enjoy the convenience of a lift-top table that raises up to easily accommodate snacks or drinks?  The choice is yours!

Design Tip: The height of your coffee table is important. It should be no lower than one or two inches below the seat of your couch.  

Purchasing Your Table

Visit our Showroom to see the wide range of selections including Mission, Arts & Crafts, Shaker, Traditional, Transitional/Versatile, hardwoods, stains, and finishing touches.

Need additional furniture to fill your space? Our Amish Builders can craft occasional tables such as side and end tables and plant stands all built to match!  

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