Coffee tables originally came into fashion during the Victorian era. That’s when people began creating wooden tables specifically meant for their hot cups of coffee or tea. Only, back then, they were called tea tables. With Americans being far more inclined to drink coffee than tea, their transition to being called coffee tables makes complete sense.
Before the late 1700’s, Europeans utilized tables such as end tables, tea tables, centre table and occasional tables in conjunction with their version of a couch, called, a “settle.” By the late 18th century, this high-backed settle was being usurped by its lower back cousin, the sofa. This led to sofa tables, which rested against the back of the sofa and was used for the placement of cups and books.
Subsequently, coffee tables were reconceived as low tables placed in front of the sofa. History seems to indicate that this idea migrated to England from the Ottoman Empire, where tables were used in tea gardens. Many historians argue that Britain’s Anglo-Japanese craze during the 1870’s and 1880’s was the true inspiration, what with low tables having been common in Japan.
Since the Victorian era, the varieties available of the coffee square table has exploded exponentially. These tables are specifically designed to be long and low, so that when placed in front of a sofa, they make coffee access easy and organic. Coffee tables wood are typically found in a living or sitting room. Coffee tables may also be dual purpose by incorporating cabinets for storage.
Saunter into any furniture store, high end, mid priced, what have you and you’re bound to see an absolute bevy of coffee table options. Well, one of the easiest ways to create character in your living or sitting room, according to the powers that be, (i.e., interior designers) is with a completely unique, vintage or vintage style trunk coffee tables. Once you start to look around, you’ll see that a coffee trunk can, in fact, be a wonderful contribution to virtually any setting. Coffee trunks can be both charming and endearing, reminiscent, as they are, of a simpler, more romantic era. What many don’t realize is that the Chinese culture had incorporated the trunk antique into their lifestyle for centuries. The trunk steamer only met with its demise when suitcases came into being. The suitcase’s lighter construction and lower relative cost helped to push the trunk steamer into the annals of history.
Steamer trunks were commonly constructed by first building a pine box as the base. Then utilizing a great variety of protective coverings, they were decorated to taste. A great many recovered antique trunks have been found sporting every kind of covering imaginable, from unusually treated leathers to studded hides and the like. During their hey-day, the great majority of trunk antique brands were a form of off-shoot production by furnishing manufacturers. As craftsmen sought ways to set their trunks apart a great many decorative papers, treated metals, hardwoods, canvases, and ornately styled hardware fasteners made their way into the craft.
Regardless of whether your abode is outfitted in a rustic, shabby or antique motif, finding the right coffee square table or coffee trunk to fit in and unite your existing furniture shouldn’t be too tough. Often designers will suggest a wooden style Japanese or refurbished trunk steamer as the best choice. Imagine your coffee table generating ooh’s and aah’s. Again, if you’re snuggled in close quarters but want both a table and the additional storage space, trunk coffee tables that provide both storage and function could offer your very best strategy. Giving items such as keys, purses, bootjacks, etc. a permanent place, hidden from view and yet centrally located, can make your new coffee table a truly brilliant addition. Imagine just lifting a lid, removing your bootjack, pulling off your boots and quickly placing the bootjack right back where it belongs, just like that!
Victorian trunks are renowned for their amazing array of ingenuous lid and tray compartments they incorporated, beginning with the very basic to the highly complex. They’ve been found to sport a virtual Rubik’s cube of hidden hiding places. Given the remarkable number of clever trunk solutions available for overflow storage, why would you possible want to settle for a plain old coffee tables wood? Think of the secret pleasure you’ll have knowing that directly below the table where your guests and you have placed snacks, drinks, that a veritable maze of clever storage units are keeping some of your most prized possessions safe and out of harm’s way.