How to choose the right coffee table

We've got the lowdown on all you need to know before buying a coffee table

What will the coffee table be used for?

* If you’ll be using the coffee table to serve refreshments and snacks then it will need to be a robust design with a sturdy surface that can be easily reached from the sofa.

* Stacks of large books make a stylish display on a coffee table and create a focal point in the room. If this is your plan, then a wide, low table is your best option.

* A coffee table is ideal for storing unsightly clutter such as remote controls, magazines and newspapers, so choose one with plenty of drawers and shelves.

* Some coffee tables have a glass surface to show the shelf below and are ideal for creating an interesting display of your favourite collectables.

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