Published at Thursday, July 25th 2019, 00:34:11 AM. Coffee Table. By Fredda Ostermann.
When I grew up it was traditional to own a coffee table. Most people kept their coffee tables right in front of their couch. When I got my first apartment I thought a coffee table was a should. Now I hate coffee tables and I'll never own one.
The photo above is beautifully simple. It even looks a bit minimalist. This isn't my house. Why? Because I wouldn't have a coffee table. I think coffee tables are dumb. Here's why:
#1 Coffee Tables Take Up Too Much Floor SpaceI like an open floor. When you place a coffee table in front of your sofa, it takes‐ up a crapload of space. In feng shui, a philosophical system of matching everyone with the neighboring environment, a key principle is flow.
Putting a coffee table in the middle your 'living room floor' interrupts flow. If you want a minimalist home, ditch the coffee table for a simple end table.
#2 Coffee Tables Gather ClutterIf you want less clutter, have less surfaces where clutter could gather. Coffee tables could quickly become a catch‐all for a variety of stuff.
You come in the door and set your keys, wallet, and phone on the coffee table. You read a book or a magazine and leave it on the coffee table. Remotes, glasses, food, coffee cups, plates, and more wind up on the coffee table before you realize it. Neglect the coffee table and kill the clutter.
#3 Coffee Tables Cause InjuriesFace it, coffee tables are threatening. How many times have you 'stubbed' your toe or bruised your shin on a coffee table? It happens all the time, right?
Unruly kids 'crack' their heads open on the corners of coffee tables. When you walk through the living room in the dark, the coffee table charges. Just say no to putting a table in the middle of your living room floor.
#4 There Are Alternatives To Coffee TablesI've already mentioned end tables. A single end table between two pieces of furniture is enough to keep a few simple items like books, phones, and tablets.
It works as a place for your coffee, too. Another alternative is a small table or desk that is kept against a wall. That way you'll have a greater sense of flow and space in the center of your room.
#5 Coffee Tables Are A Waste Of MoneySo how much does a enjoyable coffee table cost? You could await to spend at least $300 on a decent coffee table. For something that takes up space, creates clutter, and causes accidents? No thanks.
Just think about the things you can do with that $300. You can pay a bill or attach it to your monthly mortgage payment. You can go on a weekend getaway. Expending money on those things sounds a lot better than something that acquires in my way.