The Victorian era heralded the birth of the coffee table as we know it. This is when folks began building wooden tables with the specific intention of using them to place their tea or coffee, on top. Only thing, during that era, they were deemed tea tables. Americans, known for their fondness for coffee over tea, were quick to re-designate this popular piece of furniture as the now, ubiquitous, coffee table.
Prior to the late seventeen hundreds, it was commonplace in Europe to utilize occasional tables, tea and end tables in conjunction with the then, popular, settle, a high backed, mini-couch. Towards the turn of the eighteenth century, settles were falling out of favor as the sofa became the living room seating place of choice. Sofa tables, which were placed directly behind the sofa, became the table of choice for cups, books and what not.
Eventually, low profile coffee tables were moved to the front of the sofa. Many historians feel that this stylistic change may have migrated from either the Japanese culture or the Ottoman Empire, where tea gardens and tables were commonplace.
The variety of coffee square table designs has virtually exploded since the Victorian era, making access to drinking cups fluid and easier. By lowering the tables and placing them directly in front of the sofa, a true form-follows-function solution was born. Both sitting and living rooms often feature coffee tables wood. But, the real inspiration are coffee tables designed to both accommodate beverages and provide additional storage space.
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.
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