What is the Point of a Coffee Table?

What is the Point of a Coffee Table?

Many customers who visit our showroom often ask, what is the point of a coffee table?

A coffee table is a small table that is intended to be put in a sitting area and used for holding items like magazines, books, remote controls and ornaments, as well as place to to put your drinks when you’re sitting in the living room.

Let’s take a closer look at the functions and benefits of a coffee table.

Coffee tables have evolved and are used for a variety of purposes

Originally, coffee tables were actually tea tables and were used back in Victorian times to set down cups of tea. They were higher than today's tables and were usually placed alongside the sofa or chairs in the parlour.

As time went on, sofas got slouchier and tables got lower. People also shifted from drinking tea to coffee. 

Nowadays, many people use their coffee tables as storage space or as a footrest. If you have a small apartment, it can be helpful to store things like books and magazines on or inside your coffee table so that they don't clutter up your living room.

There are many different types of materials used in making coffee tables today. The material you choose will depend on what you want to use your coffee table for. For example, if you want your coffee table to double up as storage, a wooden coffee table with a hidden compartment would be a fantastic choice.


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Here are the most common materials used:

  • Wood: Wood coffee tables are made from different types of wood, including oak, pine, and mahogany. They're typically made with a solid top that is often stained or painted.
  • Glass: Glass coffee tables have a sturdy tempered glass top that is often supported by metal legs. The glass may be clear or tinted with colours like black or blue.
  • Metal: Metal coffee tables feature a metal frame or base with either an open or closed design. They're usually made from steel but can also be made from aluminium or iron.

Uses of coffee tables

Coffee tables are a great way to add character to your home and create gorgeous interiors. But they can also be used to store or display some of your favourite things, like photobooks or special travel mementoes.

Coffee tables are a great place to put your drinks and snacks while you watch TV or entertain guests. They can also be used as a place to put candles, flowers, books, magazines and other items that you want close by while you are relaxing on the couch.

Coffee tables like the Mondial Coffee Table by Ozzio Italia are large enough to hold a wide array of items. If the coffee table has multiple surfaces, you can use it to display collections of special items in clever arrangements across each surface.

This is a great way to make the most of the space you have in your living room while still making it look stylish and inviting.

What is the Point of a Coffee Table?
What is the Point of a Coffee Table?


Coffee tables as temporary storage space

A coffee table, no matter what its size, is one of the most versatile pieces of furniture that you can have in your living room. If you’re looking for a multi-purpose piece, check out our Lips Coffee Table by Evanista.

Coffee tables can be more than just a place to rest your cup of java; they can also serve as a temporary storage space for small items like remotes or coasters. This is a good way to keep your living room looking clean and tidy as you can neatly stack items that are not in use all in one place.

At FCI, we’ve been designing contemporary interiors for almost 40 years. We’ve created many modern living rooms using pieces from our extensive furniture range. Take a look at our interior design project portfolio for design inspiration

Coffee tables are versatile

We have close relationships with our suppliers and we can completely customise any of the luxury coffee tables in our range according to your specifications. We know our products inside out, so we can talk you through the many options available to you and recommend the best one for your space.

The best thing about a coffee table is that it's not just functional, but it is also a highly decorative piece that says a lot about your space purely by the design that you choose. Many of our renowned brands, such as Cattelan Italian, are known for using materials of the highest quality and pairing them with unmatched craftsmanship, making their coffee tables beautiful, practical and interesting.

Whether you're looking for something simple or elaborate, you're sure to find in our range something that fits your aesthetic.

Because they're relatively small and low-maintenance, coffee tables are great for apartments or other small homes where space is at a premium. They also work well in larger rooms where you can choose an elaborate coffee table that can even double as an eating place.

In conclusion

If you want a versatile furniture piece to accent your living room or family room, a coffee table is the way to go. The best way to know what's right for you is to determine the needs of your family when you're spending time in this space.

It's important to have a clear idea of why you're purchasing one so that it can be more than just an extra piece of furniture.

Coffee tables provide an element of style and decoration to your living room that complements your other furnishings. If you're looking for that final piece that ties everything together, we recommend taking a look at our collection of contemporary coffee tables.

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