The table has always been a staple piece of furniture in any and all rooms inside the house, and it surely adds to the functionality of each room, and completes all elements of its interior design. There are many types of this staple piece, and their functions vary according to whichever room they are assigned to; however, wherever they are, they must still be comfortable, functional, and definitely stylish because it is usually put in the center of the room or in the portion of the room where people happen to pass by or stay. Therefore, it centralizes and bridges all sides and corners of each room in your home to define its image and atmosphere.
TYPES OF TABLES
The many types are usually defined by their location in the house, and there are many subcategories of those styles as well, which are defined by their function and materials, size and scale, and shape and style.
Coffee tables are ideal for the living room where it serves as a great decorative platform. Its characteristic low-set surface top is perfect for laying coffee, tea, and snacks on when lounging on the sofa.
Small yet tall square bistro types can be dispersed around the house as a decorative countertop where flower vases and china can be placed. Circular bistro types paired with equally high seated chairs can look amazingly fresh on the terrace.
The dinner table is present in any house; it is where the whole family, or slew of dinner guests, gathers at each mealtime. Sometimes it can be used as an activity area where we count the bills, finish homework and projects, or play family board or card games on.
TABLE FUNCTION & MATERIAL
The function of any piece of furniture and the conditions it might be submitted to should always be considered first. If it is used for decorative purposes to display unique statuettes of vases, one should definitely use a sleek and beautiful metal and glass piece with robust legs and solid overall construction. If it has to accommodate coffee, tea, or mealtimes, then one should consider metal, stone, glass, or laminate table tops, but never naked wooden or leather ones.
TABLE SIZE & SCALE
The size and scale depends on their function and feel as well. Those used for display purposes are generally tall and small, except for those in the living room which should be at level height with your sofa cushions. Opting for a piece with a lower surface top allows you to occasionally be able to sit on the floor giving your home an oriental feel. However if it is paired with a chair or a dining chair, then it should definitely be a foot higher than the seat or be able to accommodate the chair’s armrest. In general, there should be at least two to three feet of space between it and the walls or nearby furniture. A cramped room can look more spacious with a smaller glass topped table to give an illusion of space.
TABLE SHAPE & STYLE
The style should complement the current style and theme of the room. However each shape has an advantage. Rectangular pieces are formal and match well with most rooms. Oblong pieces are formal yet dramatic. Square ones are ideal for small groups. Round ones are great for social conversations on and are safe against children who run around. While irregularly shaped table designs are very high-end.