Creating Your Own Coffee Table

Coffee tables are a simple piece of furniture that can brighten up your living or dining room. They offer functionality and style at the same time. One way to add your own distinctive decorating touch and to be a little more creative and add some of your own personality is to have a go at making one yourself. The basic structure is just a table top and four legs. If you have some experience of working with wood then this can be a small project that should only take a few hours to complete.

Buying the wood for the coffee table is very important. Ideally you want a good grade of wood to begin with, especially if you are going to stain and treat it. If you are going to paint the wood, then the appearance is not as important as it will be covered. Plywood or even MDF can be used if you are on a budget. Even old items of furniture can be re-claimed and used. All reputable wood yards and home stores such as argos will have all different varieties of wood to choose from. Try to get standard sizes so you do not need to make any unnecessary cuts.

The legs should be around 12-18 inches in length and the table top around 2 feet by 4 feet, or smaller if you only have a small room. Create a frame around the underside of the top to fix the legs to. You will need to bolt and screw them in place. Corner supports will also be needed, and chiselling small grooves at the top of the legs will give a solid fit that can hold any load you place on top of the table. Online web sites can provide you with all the information you need, or speak to store assistants at retail outlets like argos direct. Some will even offer detailed plans for free if you are willing to ask. The last stage is to treat or paint the table. Sand over the surface by hand to remove any stains or marks, and then apply the coatings. Three coats should be sufficient for any coffee table. You can also apply a protective wax coating the finish off the job in style.

How To Take Care of A Slate Coffee Table

The great thing about slate coffee table, apart from how sturdy and reliable they are, is the fact that they require less maintenance on a regular basis than their wooden counterparts. Whereas a wooden coffee table or a glass-topped coffee table requires regular dusting, the dust does not collect quite so obviously or as quickly on a slate coffee table. If you want to buy a slate coffe table there are some outstanding examples available below.

When discussing how you should go about cleaning and caring for your slate coffee table we are actually talking about how slate should be treated. The other materials of the coffee table, whether it’s wood or iron or another material, can be cleaned as with any other common material. Slate is a natural material and is meant to look rough a weathered to a certain extent so it will do better if it is a little neglected when it comes to cleaning.

Where it will have to be attended to is the usual cleaning of dust, crumbs and other small bits of dirt that tends to accumulate on any hard flat surface. This will involve a simple wipe down with a damp rag or cleaning cloth. You may decide to then wipe the slate down with a clean, dry rag or simply allow the slate to air dry.

A lot of slate coffee tables are actually slate tiles that have been fitted into recessed housing to form the table top. If this is the case then there is going to be an inevitable build up of dirt, dust and other matter in the cracks between the slate tiles and the table frame. The best way to deal with this is to remove the tiles and give them a thorough clean with a disinfectant solution paying particular attention to the edges of the slate. The table frame should also be cleaned with disinfectant and then thoroughly dried before replacing the slate.

Although slate is a stone product it has been sliced into thin “leaves” and this means that it is susceptible to being chipped around the edges or even cracked through the middle if given a sharp knock. Make sure that when the slate tiles have been removed from the coffee table for cleaning or transporting are supported by being laid flat on the ground. When transporting them they should be completely wrapped separately in newspaper or cloth to ensure the surface is not damaged.

A slate coffee table is a beautiful piece of furniture and should last you many years, if not a lifetime. The care and cleaning required is minimal compared to other pieces of furniture and really comes down to common sense. If you practice a little bit of caution when handling the slate you will be able to enjoy the look and feel for many years to come.

The Striking Oval Coffee Table

The coffee table is going to become a centerpiece in the lounge room thanks to where it is going to be situated. For that reason you should think about going for something a little on the unusual side rather than the standard rectangular coffee table.

An oval coffee table is the type of piece that would be suitably placed in front of a long couch due to its extended length. Oval coffee tables are pieces of furniture that should be added to rooms in which elements of curving lines are already incorporated in the room because furniture tends to look better as a set. A living area or sitting area with square backed chairs and rectangular couch cushions would look more coordinated with a square or rectangular coffee table. Though an oval coffee table would look out of place in that setting, it would look more suited to the room if surrounding the table was an antique love seat with a curved back and they were both placed on a circular or ovular carpet.

Rooms with antique furniture look especially nice when a marble topped oval table is incorporated into the room. A decorator for a traditional room with curving lines can find an antique wooden coffee table of an ovular shape. There are some nice combinations available and you can really appreciate the thought that has gone behind something like oval glass coffee table tops with brass bases. These types of tables look beautiful in light filled rooms with flowing organic lines. The glass top oval coffee table is beautiful when placed upon an oval carpet because the carpet can be seen through the transparent glass top.

There are a number of oval coffee tables for sale that are definitely worth examining more closely.



Mid Century Modern Yin and Yang Style Coffee Table White  Black
Mid Century Modern Yin and Yang Style Coffee Table White Black
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Mid Century Modern Yin and Yang Style Coffee Table White  Grey
Mid Century Modern Yin and Yang Style Coffee Table White Grey
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Ethan Allen Oval Coffee Table Canterbury Oak Collection 28 8410 278 Finish
Ethan Allen Oval Coffee Table Canterbury Oak Collection 28 8410 278 Finish
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Mid Century Modern Yin and Yang Style Coffee Table White  White
Mid Century Modern Yin and Yang Style Coffee Table White White
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Clear Glass Coffee Table Oval Side Chrome Base w Shelves Living Room Furniture
Clear Glass Coffee Table Oval Side Chrome Base w Shelves Living Room Furniture
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Tanner Espresso Coffee Table with Shelf
Tanner Espresso Coffee Table with Shelf
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Clear Glass Oval Side Coffee Table Shelf Chrome Base Living Room Furniture
Clear Glass Oval Side Coffee Table Shelf Chrome Base Living Room Furniture
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Oval Solid Walnut Carved Coffee Table with Serving Tray BM CT48
Oval Solid Walnut Carved Coffee Table with Serving Tray BM CT48
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Glass Black Coffee Table Oval Side Shelves Chrome Base Living Room Furniture
Glass Black Coffee Table Oval Side Shelves Chrome Base Living Room Furniture
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Oval 3 Tier Coffee Table Clear Glass Top Frosted Glass Open Storage Shelves
Oval 3 Tier Coffee Table Clear Glass Top Frosted Glass Open Storage Shelves
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Classic Oval Coffee Table Open Space Storage Shelf Medium Brown Cherry Finish
Classic Oval Coffee Table Open Space Storage Shelf Medium Brown Cherry Finish
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Glass Black Coffee Table Oval Side Shelves Chrome Base Living Room Furniture
Glass Black Coffee Table Oval Side Shelves Chrome Base Living Room Furniture
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Another statement that can be made with one of these pieces is if you were to buy a black oval coffee table. Again, this type of piece would make a definite statement, able to either match the existing décor or make a stark contrast. Either of these can be a very good thing.

It is important that the oval coffee table is incorporated into the design of the room and it is equally important to complement the table with other round and oval objects. An ovular tray or dish made of silver would look excellent on a wooden or glass table. Add an element of modern to an antique room with a marble table by hanging some sort of kinetic sculpture directly above the table.

A common feature with many oval coffee tables is that they are often built as multi-functional units, designed to contain quite and appreciable amount of storage. The shape and the materials in which they are made finds them in use as a repository for all manner of objects.

Round and oval mirrors are an excellent complement to oval coffee tables, as are pictures of round and oval things. Round objects like globes remind someone who is sitting in the room of the different aspects of a sphere and circle, and how it can be stretched to create an oval.

The Multi-Talented Lift Top Coffee Table

When looking for innovative decorating ideas for the lounge room you can’t go past the multi-functional innovation that has gone into a lift top coffee table. When these coffee tables are seen in their coffee table mode they look like a typical coffee table, the range of styles and wood used to manufacture them are similar to your average wooden coffee table.

The secret with these types of coffee tables is under the table-top which is set on hinges that allow the top to lift up to the height of a standard dining table. Although you probably wouldn’t use the table as your main dining table, they make a great additional table if you find there is not enough room for everyone to sit down when guests come for dinner.

Alternatively you can use the coffee table when it is in the unfolded position as a desk, giving you a makeshift work space that can be quickly folded away when you are finished.

Take a look at some of the most popular lift top coffee tables that have been highlighted for sale at the top of the page or scroll down further for a more extensive selection.

Highlighted Lift Top Coffee Tables For Sale

Click on the image or the links to get more information and read reviews about these coffee tables

Sauder Edge Water Lift Top Coffee Table
Sauder Edge Water Lift-Top Coffee Table
This black wood-grain finished table stands 24” high and boasts a top that lifts up and away from the table to reveal substantial storage space underneath. It is a wooden table with a consistent finish on all sides.
Faux Marble Lift Top Coffee Table
Faux Marble Lift Top Coffee Table
This is a wooden lift top table made by Dorel Asia that stands 18” tall and has been finished with a top that has a marble-like veneer for an elegant appearance. When the top lifts away it reveals a handy storage space.
Turner Lift Top Coffee TableTurner Lift Top Coffee Table

This is a traditional lift top coffee table in a black finish. The top lifts up and forward and can be used as a desk top while sitting on the sofa. It stands 18" tall and boasts an interior storage compartment that has a felt-lined bottom.
Koryo Walnut Lift Top Coffee TableKoryo Walnut Lift-Top Coffee Table

This is a beautiful looking walnut coffee table that is sturdy and stable. The lift-top mechanism operates smoothly and moves into place ready for dining or working on the laptop. The table stands 16" high and extends up to 25.5".
Magnussen Darien Wood Lift Top Coffee TableMagnussen Darien Wood Lift Top Coffee Table

This is an extremely high quality looking coffee table with a simple lifted top feature for ease of work. As well as having storage underneath the liftable lid there is also a couple of drawers at the bottom for even more storage.
Furniture of America Luiza Lift Top Coffee TableFurniture of America Luiza Coffee Table with Lift-Top

This is a simple yet stylish looking coffee table that has a contemporary look and feel. The top of the table lifts away to reveal a substantial storage space underneath. The table stands 18.5" tall.

Types of Lift Top Coffee Tables

There are many different types of lift top coffee tables from the standard rectangular shape and size of around 48 inches by 26 inches, to more unusual sizes and shapes including round. They come as corner tables and end tables but their lift top functionality remains the same.

Not all lift top mechanisms operate the same way with these tables. Some have been set up so that half the table top lifts to gain access to storage underneath. Some can be flipped over to reveal games boards such as chess or backgammon underneath.

Select a lift top coffee table to find more details including how to buy.

Oak Finish Lift Top Storage Coffee Table Home Living Room Accent Furniture Den
Oak Finish Lift Top Storage Coffee Table Home Living Room Accent Furniture Den
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Brown Lift Top Storage Coffee Table Home Living Room Accent Furniture
Brown Lift Top Storage Coffee Table Home Living Room Accent Furniture
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Brown Lift Top Storage Coffee Table Home Living Room Accent Furniture Office Den
Brown Lift Top Storage Coffee Table Home Living Room Accent Furniture Office Den
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Universal Paula Deen Home Put Your Feet Up Coffee Lift Top Cocktail Table 932801
Universal Paula Deen Home Put Your Feet Up Coffee Lift Top Cocktail Table 932801
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Faux Marble Lift Top Storage Living Room Decor Coffee Table Espresso Brown Hide
Faux Marble Lift Top Storage Living Room Decor Coffee Table Espresso Brown Hide
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Rustic Modern Natural Brown Wood Lift Top Storage Coffee Table
Rustic Modern Natural Brown Wood Lift Top Storage Coffee Table
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Coffee Table with Lift Top Hidden Storage Beneath Top Open Shelves Salt Oak
Coffee Table with Lift Top Hidden Storage Beneath Top Open Shelves Salt Oak
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Coffee Table with Lift Top Hidden Storage Beneath Top Craftsman Oak Finish
Coffee Table with Lift Top Hidden Storage Beneath Top Craftsman Oak Finish
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Coffee Table with Lift Top Open Bottom Cubbies Dark Brown with Wood Grain
Coffee Table with Lift Top Open Bottom Cubbies Dark Brown with Wood Grain
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Coffee Table with Lift Top Chrome Finished Legs Wood Frame Walnut Finish
Coffee Table with Lift Top Chrome Finished Legs Wood Frame Walnut Finish
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Classic Style Coffee Table with Lift Top 2 Open Bottom Shelves Cherry Finish
Classic Style Coffee Table with Lift Top 2 Open Bottom Shelves Cherry Finish
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Coffee Table with Lift Top Hidden Storage Area Open Shelves Lintel Oak Finish
Coffee Table with Lift Top Hidden Storage Area Open Shelves Lintel Oak Finish
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The big bonus with this type of coffee table is that even when it has been converted to the dining table height configuration you don’t lose any of the storage space. With some models the cavity reaches all the way to the ground resembling a trunk giving you a huge amount of storage space. Others are set on legs which reduce the space somewhat but give them a more elegant look.

The lift table mechanism that operates the raising and lowering of the table height is safe to use and quite sturdy. There should be little possibility of sustaining injury during its operation.

When buying one of these tables it pays to look for one that has a smoothly operating lift mechanism after all, it is the lift process that gives these tables the edge over other types so you want it to be easy to use.

Discovering fabulous looking furniture items that contain added functionality such as the lift top coffee table gives you is an absolute bonus. Pieces made by notable furniture companies such as Klaussner, Jofran and Lane in materials like cherry, oak or glass will help give your lounge room area a an injection of style plus functionality.