Purchasing a coffee table
Coffee (and cocktail) tables come in many shapes and sizes and can range in texture from wood, metal and even stone. Incorporating natural elements into your space, like a wooden coffee table for instance, is one alluring way to enrich a design. Using multiple high-contrast wood pieces in a room adds depth and visual interest.
A coffee table may be preferable for:
- A more formal room
- A flat surface/high functionality
- Extra storage
What are the limitations to a coffee table?
- Not as comfy and casual as an ottoman — no place for feet to go
- Easier to bang a knee or stub a toe on (and does not come childproofed)
- Extra storage is visible (often just a lower shelf or tabletop)
Purchasing an ottoman
An ottoman may be preferable for:
- A more informal space
- Comfort vs. functionality
- Incorporating more pattern into room design
- Extra seating in a pinch
- Rooms with too much wood or too many hard surfaces
- What are the limitations to an ottoman?
- Not a flat surface for placing items — need a basket or tray to safely place things like drinks
- Easier to stain and more challenging to clean
- Can fall into the trendy instead of timeless design trap