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.

Slate Coffee Tables–Perfect for Any Decor

Slate coffee tables have become very popular in recent years. What used to be rare and found exclusively in the homes of the wealthy is now available to everyone. Slate was formed billions of years ago by the mixture of volcanic lava over a mixture of clay and ash. Because it formed in layers, the formed slate can be cut into slabs and then cut into thin layers. It is these final thin sheets that are used to form slate for coffee tables.

Slate is the perfect choice for your coffee table because of its intrinsic beauty. It is naturally gray in color but the variations of gray differ significantly depending upon where it was sourced. The colors in slate draw attention and can be found to complement a variety of color schemes. Additionally, slate coffee tables come in many different styles.

Take a look at the various slate coffee table styles diesplayed below.

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Some slate coffee tables will have metal frames formed into a contemporary or modern style, while others will be inlaid into wood for either a traditional or even a rustic southwest style. Whatever your style, you can find a slate coffee table to complement your home's decor.

Positive features that you get with buying slate coffee tables includes a durability that will ensure that the table will last for a long time without being damaged. It is possible to apply some kind of sealant to ensure that the stone is entirely waterproof which will also increase its resistance to staining.

Additionally a slate topped coffee table gives you an interestingly textured surface that can be quite rough, particularly if the table is covered with external tiles or similar.

Because slate is very heavy, the tables themselves will be heavily constructed to hold the weight of the slate. This can make purchasing a slate coffee table online more expensive because of shipping. However, the variety of styles available online compared to most local markets will probably outweigh the cost factor. One benefit to the coffee table being so heavy is that it is also very sturdy, and a well crafted slate coffee table should last a lifetime.

One of the greatest benefits of a slate coffee table is its ease of use. Slate tables do not show fingerprints, the slate does not tend to collect dust, and condensation from glasses will not leave any unsightly rings on your table. Slate is so easy to care for: simply take a damp cloth and wipe down the surface about once a week, the slate will dry on its own and no other care is needed. Your slate coffee table will be the focal point of your living area, and bring you years of pleasure.

Slate coffee tables may be made comprised mainly of slate or it may be a mixture where the slate is inlaid into a wooden or metal frame. Slate is the kind of material that will look particularly attractive when set on top of a hardwood frame.

You can be confident in knowing that when you go out to buy a slate coffee table that you are getting a solid piece of furniture that is not only going to look particularly good in the lounge room but it will last for many years too.

Information about other coffee tables

The Multi-Talented Lift Top Coffee Table

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
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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
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Coffee Table with Lift Top Hidden Storage Beneath Top Open Shelves Salt Oak
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Coffee Table with Lift Top Open Bottom Cubbies Dark Brown with Wood Grain
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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.