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Coffee Tables Buying Guide

Coffee Tables Buying Guide - Discover the top five features to consider when buying your next coffee table. What shape, material, finish, size and other features should your coffee table have?

21 Feb 2020

How to choose the best coffee table? Read our in-depth Coffee Tables Buying Guide before deciding to buy.

What coffee table shape should I choose?

When buying a coffee table choosing the right shape to match your room decor is very important. The most popular are rectangular-shaped coffee tables. Coffee tables usually come in these shapes:

  • Square coffee tables - fit in a smaller or square-like seating arrangement;
  • Rectangular coffee tables - pair well with longer couches;
  • Round coffee tables - function with shorter sofas and more condensed seating arrangements;
  • Oval coffee tables - work well with a longer sofa;
  • Cube coffee tables - offer a top and a bottom shelf ideal for additional open storage;

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What material should the coffee table be made of?

Coffee tables can be made of a wide variety of materials, but the most common are wood or oak coffee tables, these tend to be more durable and robust. Other materials to check before you buy are:

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What coffee table finish should I choose?

Coffee tables usually have one of the following finishes:

  • Natural wood coffee tables
  • Reclaimed wood coffee tables
  • Painted coffee tables
  • Washed coffee tables
  • Stained coffee tables
  • Mirrored coffee tables
  • Glazed coffee tables
  • High Gloss coffee tables
  • Shaped coffee tables
  • Concrete effect coffee tables
  • Weathered coffee tables

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Which coffee table size should I choose?

Coffee tables come in a range of sizes from small to medium to large. They are also narrow and wide.

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What other coffee tables features should I consider?

Coffee tables additional considerations are:

  • Maintenance - Dust with a dry cloth and don't polish;
  • Storage - Storage coffee tables offer hidden storage and are ideal for tidying things away;
  • Country of origin - There are several coffee tables countries and regions of origin including italian, french, scandinavian and more;
  • Garden coffee tables are the perfect addition to a contemporary garden.

Staall Tip: Remove marks with a weak washing up solution

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