are some things a home can’t be complete without, like a refrigerator, a
bed, or a television. A home is not a home without things that can
provide comfort and convenience, and can allow the household members to
relax and to unwind. Included in this varied list, among other things,
should be a dependable and versatile living room table. Many people do
not realize how indispensable this piece of solid wood furniture is. It
can certainly do more than serve coffee, or hold lampshades.
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.
The practice of proper entertaining is almost a
lost art. Today most people are too busy to make house calls, let alone
entertain their visitors in a fastidious fashion. However, the coffee
table has remained a staple object inside the household, and it is
interesting to list down how many ways homeowners have devised for
utilizing their own tables.
The same can be done with an end
table, which usually goes into the corner between two cushions. A lamp
or clock is usually placed on top of it. Most homes tend to do away with
it nowadays in order to save space or money, but this piece of
furniture will actually have extended value once it is seen as a
Here are some of the best examples of other uses for these unassuming pieces of solid wood furniture:
A coffee table makes a good foot rest – more often than not, working
people want to put their feet up after a tiring day of sitting down or
running around for their job related tasks. An end table is usually the
same level as the sofa or seat, and thus becomes an instant ottoman.
Raising the feet or legs in this manner is a great way to allow blood to
circulate normally back through the feet and legs. And if this is done
while watching TV or sipping a refreshing drink, it makes for a total
relaxing moment at the end of a long day. Working people can also do
this while reading, doing some sewing, or talking on the phone, in order
to prevent cramps.
2. As a magazine or photo rack – most
variations of the end table would usually come outfitted with drawers,
or “a second floor” in the form of a shelf between the legs and under
the table surface. This space is ideal for stacking magazines,
newspapers, or photo albums. These things then become instantly
accessible when any member of the family needs a quick reference to a
recipe or a movie review, or simply wants to browse through pictures and
relieve memories. Then they can also be just as easily kept away –
simply drop them back under the table.
3. An instant display shelf
– if space is a constraint in the house, a medium-height wood table can
be pushed towards one side of the wall, and become an instant surface
for knickknacks, flowers, or displays like photo frames or awards and
trophies. Be inspired and change the display from time to time.
Displaying photos or special mementoes are always guaranteed to bring
life and personality to a home.
4. An impromptu workstation –
Again, more often than not, space considerations have converted the
erstwhile table for coffee into a table for just about anything. If one
of the family members wants to work undisturbed, the living room table
makes for a reasonably isolated workspace for homework, planning, or
typing on a laptop computer. This is practical especially in apartments
or studio flats. The living room can serve the double function of an
office or den.
5. Play games in the living room – board games or
cards are always excellent means to solicit some bonding time in the
household. Bring out the game box, gather the family around the table,
and have a good hour playing UNO or monopoly. Parents, no matter how
busy they are, should try to allocate some time during the weekend to be
with their children. Kids who spend time talking or playing with their
parents are known to grow up more emotionally secure. Besides that,
board games are also known to increase children’s mental capabilities,
so they get not only precious bonding time with the family, but some
serious brain exercise too.
6. The best place for snacks –
especially if a teenager has friends coming over for a movie, or for a
study group. The coffee or end table is a great place to serve snacks
while they do their homework. Bring out a big bag of chips and open a
jar of their favorite dip, and prepare some cold drinks too. Kids can
gather around the table, cross-legged, in a relaxed fashion, and
exchange serious gossip while attempting to study for their calculus
examinations. The parent can then be free from worrying about young
visitors running around the house, while giving them reasonable privacy
at the same time.
7. No ladder? No problem – Yes, a sturdy table
can be used for instant elevation when a light bulb needs to be
replaced, curtains have to be changed, or dust webs require to be swept
away from ceiling corners. But never attempt this, of course, on glass
or wicker tables. Only solid wood furniture types fit perfectly for this
particular use. This can be another consideration why a wooden table is
a better investment than a glass one – aside from the other common fact
that glass is fragile and very dangerous, especially in a household
full of children. There are numerous instances wherein a homeowner would
need that extra height, especially for emergencies.
8. A clear
space for doing arts and crafts – If the table is not going to be used
for displaying items, it can be left clear for sessions like doing
artwork, finishing crafts like scrapbooks, puzzles, or assembling toys
like wooden sets, cars, or robots. The small surface of a coffee table
is large enough for both materials and some elbow room, but it is
comparatively easier to clean and clear away than the floor or the
dining table top. For precaution, place some protective sheet or paper
to prevent permanent streaks on the wood. The height is also ideal for
sitting down sans chair in a comfortable position for hours.
anything goes surface – on most homes, a low table often ends up simply
as a place to put things down when people come in from work, school, or
anything else. Bags, backpacks, shopping bags, and even shoes,
sometimes. These things can temporarily find their docking place on the
living room area, until someone remembers to return or keep them away to
their proper storage shelves. This valuable function of an low, flat
table is usually overlooked, but is actually one of the most important
10. For making guests feel welcome – because even if it
might seem farfetched, entertaining important guests, especially elder
people, could still happen at home – even to busy adults. It might be a
little awkward to serve drinks or wine to an important person in the
kitchen counter or the stairwell. Just in case, already having a serving
table is a good way of ensuring and showing that a homeowner can still
play the part of a good host or hostess very well.
comprise just a small part of the endless and innumerable ways
homeowners can benefit from their small solid wood furniture. The limit
to uses and options is the imagination. Unexpected circumstances will
always bring forth surprising ways to benefit from these things, too.
in order for the tables to serve their multiple functions well, they
have to be made of materials that last. Solid wood furniture must be
made of sturdy, dependable wood, and must be constructed to withstand
heavy weights or constant moving. Ideally, it should also undergo
treating so it will be scratch- and stain-proof.
The size and the
design of the table is completely up to its owner’s tastes and immediate
needs. There are many available variants of living room tables that
homeowners can select from. Or else, wood makers would always be more
than happy to create a customized table for their customer’s
specifications. Contacts and information are available in directories,
newspapers, or the internet.