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A coffee table is a style of long, low table which is designed to be placed in front of (or next to) a sofa or upholstered chairs to support beverages (hence the name), magazines, books (especially large, illustrated coffee table books), decorative objects, and other small items to be used while sitting, such as beverage coasters. In some situations, such as during a party, plates of food may be placed on the table. Coffee tables are usually found in the living room or sitting room. They are available in many different variations and prices vary from style to style. Coffee tables may also incorporate cabinets or drawers for storage.
The most common construction of coffee tables is out of wood, but metal coffee tables are also popular. Typically, stainless steel or aluminum are used for metal coffee tables. The idiom "Gather round the coffee table" is derived from the furniture piece and its proclivity for encouraging conviviality and light conversation. Coffee tables were thought to initially be constructed in Renaissance England. In Europe, the first tables specifically designed as and called coffee tables, appear to have been made in Britain during the late Victorian era.
According to the listing in Victorian Furniture by R. W. Symonds & B. B. Whineray and also in The Country Life Book of English Furniture by Edward T. Joy, a table designed by E. W. Godwin in 1868 and made in large numbers by William Watt, and Collinson and Lock, is a coffee table. If this is correct it may be one of the earliest made in Europe. Other sources, however, list it only as "table" so this can be stated categorically. Far from being a low table, this table was about twenty-seven inches high.
A coffee table is just not a simple piece of furniture in one corner of your living room. It is just not a simple table on which you have your coffee every day. But it is a table, on which you kick start your day and get fresh ideas. They also give an aesthetic touch to your living room. Sipping a cup of morning coffee you surf across the pages of the newspaper searching for ideas that could make your life more interesting and in the evening you relax near it pondering how things went for you in the day.
Coffee tables can vary from crazy LED tables to those, which have been made into an aquarium. There are different styles and nature of it and the various types if uses of the table make it all the more useful. But most popular are the ones with wood bottom and glass top. A glass top table gels along with any décor but you have to be very careful with glass. So next time when you go to buy a coffee table have a complete picture of your living room in your mind and buy a one that fits it perfectly.