The Most Frequently Asked Questions about Coffee Tables
What can I expect to pay for a solid-wood table?
Solid-wood tables are priced according to the type of wood, the style, the size and the craftsmanship involved in creating. You can find simple, no-frill tables as low as $200 or more extravagant ones upward of $2,000. It depends if you have a particular wood in mind and how you want it to look with your existing decor. There are tables that are made from wood products that are less expensive and look very close to solid wood.
What kind of materials do they use to make coffee tables today?
Coffee tables have come a long way in the materials used. Almost any type of material can be found in the manufacturing process. They can include the following:
- Solid wood, reclaimed wood and particle board
- Metals like brass, iron, aluminum and stainless steel
- Molded ceramic
- Glass and mirrors
- Stone like marble and tile
- Others materials like fabric, bamboo and cork
How strong is the glass on glass-top tables?
The thickness of indoor glass for use on tabletops can range from 1/8 inches to 1/2 inches in thickness. The thicker the glass, the more weight it can withstand. For example, 1/2 thickness can hold about 4 pounds. Regular glass is not used as often as tempered glass for furniture. Tempered glass is more impact and scratch resistant. Tempered glass is stronger and breaks into small, less sharp pieces. Some glass tabletops come with a separate piece of glass that sits on top of the regular glass top. This helps in adding strength and may have a scratch-resistant coating.
Do metal legs on a table leave rust marks?
Only iron and steel products will rust. If your table does not come equipped with pads to protect the bottom legs, purchase felt tips or use small pieces of carpet or padding to protect your floors from coming into contact with the metal. Aluminum is the one metal product that does not rust, but it will corrode.
Are there recommended dimensions for tables in front of sofas?
Your table should be the same height as the cushions on your sofa or 1-2 inches lower. The width should be 2/3 the length of the sofa. Plan on 12-18 inches from your sofa to your table. Don't try to squeeze a large table into a small space. It will look out of proportion.