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.
Aside from wood, metal coffee tables are all the rage nowadays. Just like the wood, metal tables are sturdy and lightweight. The legs of a metal table are thinner than the top. Moreover, the legs are made into different weird shapes for style. Since metal is strong, the table provide better support than wood. Metal is resistant to water damage as well. Another great characteristic of a metal table is that its surface is smooth and has no ridges.
A table for coffee, traditionally, was necessary in the middle of the living room. Home entertaining was a serious affair in the old days, because of the ceremony of afternoon tea. When a guest makes a house call, he or she must sit in the cushions, and must be served tea or coffee, with some biscuits or crepes. These will be arranged in a tray, with a delicate china service, and then served and placed upon the coffee table. Then, the afternoon will be whiled away with conversation, stories, and news.
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