Most of the projects in the apartment are finished. We’ve made a dining room table, a bench, a TV console, tall shelving units and a headboard (keep an eye out for that post coming soon!) but we are now left with a large open space in the living room. On the one hand, I like having the space open. It makes it feel bigger and when we have people over for a movie it seems more inviting to sit on the floor with some pillows and blankets, but we know a coffee table would be a good idea. Not only for practical reasons (an easier place to set glasses or books) but to tie the room together and visually create a more cohesive living space.
I haven’t decided if I want to design and build the coffee table yet or if I just want to select one and buy it ready-to-go, but I’ve been able to narrow down some of the features that it’s going to need, especially for our small space.
Slender legs. In a small space, having a coffee table that sits flat on the floor makes it feel heavy and drives all of the focus to the middle of the room. Getting a “leggy” table, means that people (even subconsciously) will spend more time looking up and around a room than down at the floor.
No fabric. As much as I love the texture of floor poofs and ottoman-style coffee tables, one in this space would compete too much for attention. With my already commanding rug and strong leather couch, I need balance with the material of the coffee table. I’m leaning towards wood to complement the other items in the room and keep the space warm.
Narrow. I need this table to be long and lean to keep the room opened up. Too wide of a coffee table will be just as heavy as one without any legs, and also tends to get filled with too much stuff!
Mid-height. Again, this is a space thing. Too high of a coffee table means it’s competing with the dining room table and is limited in the kind of decor I can put on it since our TV console isn’t very tall either. A table that’s too low (even with slender legs), won’t give the airiness that keeps the space feeling open.
As you can see I need something very specific for my apartment and I’ve seen a number of tables that I really like, but haven’t been in my price point. Here’s a few that have caught my eye lately.
What do you think? Is there something for your home that you’ve been hunting for? Let me know!
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