A highly attractive item of furniture for the lounge is the solid oak coffee table. Usually occupying a central position close to the sofa or chairs in the lounge, the solid oak coffee table is put to a variety of different uses. In this article we look at some of the different types of table and demonstrate some of the various uses to which they can be put.
Different Types of Solid Oak Coffee Table
Although there is a basic model for this type of table there are, in fact, several variations in terms of style and we set our below some of the most popular.
The Standard Solid Oak Coffee Table
The most straightforward version of this type of table, the standard solid oak coffee table consists of a table top and four legs, all constructed from solid oak. The wood can be in various shades and the table top can be in a variety of sizes and shapes, including rectangular, square, circular or oval.
The Solid Oak Storage Coffee Table
Many householders prefer a type of solid oak table that provides storage room. One type of table that fits the bill is the model that comes with a lower tray. This allows for the handy and convenient storage of items such as books, newspapers and magazines. Another type of table that provides storage is the solid oak coffee table with drawers. Located just below the table top, the drawer or drawers provide excellent storage facilities where a wide variety of household items can be housed.
The Extendable Solid Oak Coffee Table
For those who require a really versatile coffee table, an extendable model is the perfect solution. It can be especially useful for those who live in small houses or flats that do not have a separate dining room, where it can have a secondary use as a dining table. The extendable solid oak coffee table can almost double in size when it is fully extended, providing a really useful addition to the table top area and any storage space that is required of it.
The Reclaimed Solid Oak Coffee Table
Those that prefer a more rustic type of coffee table might want to consider investing in one that has been constructed from reclaimed wood. One of the advantages of this is that this type of wood is extremely durable and hard wearing compared to newer timber. The fact that it as been reclaimed from longstanding buildings and constructions is evidence of its durability, which is especially useful in a coffee table that is subjected to frequent, heavy use.
Uses for a Solid Oak Coffee Table
The most obvious use for this type of table is to serve coffee, tea and other refreshments. Although not universally encouraged, some families use the coffee table for the service and consumption of their main meals, enabling them to watch the T.V. whilst doing so. This type of use, as we have already mentioned, is particularly relevant in the case of extendable coffee tables in homes that do not have their own independent dining room.
Other homeowners prefer to treat their solid oak coffee table as a centre piece to their lounge. In these cases, the table will often be covered by a cloth and a variety of attractions, such as flowers, photographs and ornaments may be placed on the table top.
As we have already mentioned above, some coffee tables are used for storage purposes, with a wide range of items being housed either in drawers or on the tray that is built into the lower section of the table.
The solid oak coffee table represents an attractive piece of household furniture, which, as this article has shown, has many more uses than simply holding your coffee cups!