Whatever the case, if it was the decision of the British, or even Chinese, wed be calling it "tea table" today. And actually in those lands they do often use that term. But as the fact stands, the cup that most often lands on American tables is filled with coffee, and so the name has stuck. So here we have it, the modern coffee table, now more popular then ever. And its true it doesnt really matter where it gets its name, I mean some people wont even let you put coffee on their supposed "coffee" table. But its just neat to see how things have come a long way and evolved through time.
Coffee tables and end tables are examples of occasional furniture. There are alternative definitions for this type of furniture, the two most common being furniture that is used on an occasion, and furniture that is used only occasionally. Each of these definitions is so broad, that they could practically be said to be fundamentally the same. The former definition would include coffee tables, used on the occasion of drinking coffee - or any other beverage or drink.
The original coffee table, simply put, is a regular table with its legs cut off to make it lower to the ground. The Japanese already had these short tables figured out a long time ago. But as the Japanese were sitting on the floors with their legs crossed, the coffee table was to be used with a sofa. Its not very clear as to the exact time that the modern term "coffee table" came to use, but some put it around the late 18th century to the early 19th.
The space you intend to place them should be enough. You need to keep adequate space between your sofa set and the coffee table so that you are able to stretch your legs. But it should not be too far away. When you sit on them you should be easily able to reach the table. You also need to maintain a sitting arrangement between other sitting arrangements. The size of the coffee table should be based on two factors. The first one is the size of the room and the second one is the sitting arrangement of the area. The height of the table should not be more than 1 to 2 inches than that of the sofa. The size should be good enough to enable you and your guests reach them easily to keep or keep their plates and glasses.
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