Every lounge needs one of these

“I’ve had a few in my time.” said the Lady to the Bishop. Sorry I couldn’t resist that comment :-) but let’s be serious I’m talking about coffee tables. As a young girl out of college my first was a very scratched glass and chrome hand me down and the most expensive coffee table I have ever owned was a hand made wooden one topped with glass that was the worst ever to clean as the work was so intricate, I had to use a hairdryer to get to the really tricky bits! Currently I am using the girls’ little table and chairs to rest my mug of tea on of an evening whilst feasting my eyes on Luther (isn’t he gorgeous?)

Yes, I can see you’re not impressed and in fact neither am I but needs must and all that. You see, the last coffee table we had was a sturdy wooden base, a shelf underneath for all my magazines, heavy books and the TV guide and a glass top but the girls soon learnt to pull themselves up on it and when we caught them standing on it, grinning from ear to ear at their prowess we knew it had to go. Reluctant to part with it I dawdled with taking photos in order to sell it or pass it on and it wasn’t until the girls started bashing the glass top with metal cars that I quickly made my mind up and our coffee table was banished from the lounge never to return.

I enjoyed all that extra space and so did the twins, finding all this new found running area but two issues arose the first, where to put my magazines, books and the TV guide? And secondly when the girls were in bed and fast asleep where to put my mug of tea? The floor wasn’t a satisfactory solution as I’m always worried about spillage, knocking it over and so the children’s craft table was moved into place and became our coffee table, sigh… such a sad story.

As the little ladies are growing and becoming more spacially aware I have found myself once again longing for a ‘proper’ one and that’s why this coffee table link caught my eye. I mean the price range is vast and although I normally am attracted to an article at the very top of the price range which I can’t afford there are plenty of other examples that are just as nice for me to gradually come down to. Also I have found myself umming and arring about which style? Should I go for a nest? Very handy when you have people round, or a console which looks so chic against a wall. Oak? Bent glass and stainless steel? Walnut, sheesham? The list is endless which can only mean that this is a serious business and I must dedicate time and thought to it.

Which would you go for?


  1. PhotoPuddle
    June 23, 2011 / 9:17 PM

    I can’t imagine not having a coffee table in our living room. And it needs to be in front of the sofa too so we can put our feet up on it! At the moment we just have a fairly cheapy wooden one but when one day when there are no little children about to mess it up we’ll get something a bit more fancy.

  2. June 24, 2011 / 9:10 AM

    We have a huge oak trunk as our coffee table. It’s gorgeous and I love it, but it’s definitely the dumping ground for all manner of junk!! Emma :)

  3. Frankie Parker
    June 24, 2011 / 11:38 AM

    Oh to have a decent coffee table again..!! Go with oak always a classic choice..

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