A table for coffee, traditionally, was necessary in the middle of the living room. Home entertaining was a serious affair in the old days, because of the ceremony of afternoon tea. When a guest makes a house call, he or she must sit in the cushions, and must be served tea or coffee, with some biscuits or crepes. These will be arranged in a tray, with a delicate china service, and then served and placed upon the coffee table. Then, the afternoon will be whiled away with conversation, stories, and news.
Accent tables are a great way to add decoration to an empty corner in any room, and they are also useful to de-clutter other tables. They come in various styles, shapes, sizes, colors, and types. These tables are usually overlooked because they are more for accenting a room rather than a functional use, however they can be multi-functional, working as a display, nightstand, or end table.
Accent tables come in different sizes. Some are shorter and small, perfect for holding something as simple as a lamp or plant, while others are tall and large, acting as an end table. Measuring the area you want to put your table will help in picking out the right one for your room. If it is meant to be functional, then taking note of the table top would be wise. Knowing what you want to place on the table and how you want to use it will help in choosing the right size for your accent table.
The original coffee table, simply put, is a regular table with its legs cut off to make it lower to the ground. The Japanese already had these short tables figured out a long time ago. But as the Japanese were sitting on the floors with their legs crossed, the coffee table was to be used with a sofa. Its not very clear as to the exact time that the modern term "coffee table" came to use, but some put it around the late 18th century to the early 19th.
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