One can hardly imagine a family room or waiting room without the indispensible coffee table. A coffee table, especially the large full-size variety are an essential part of any room with seating as it's primary function. Coffee tables come in a variety fo shapes and sizes, predominantly ; rectangular, oval, round and square. In rare instances one may find other exotic shapes but primarily most adhere to the four basic shapes. Materials are equally as varied with many being made of wood or a glass coffee table while others are designed from metal, tile, split bamboo and any number of exotic materials. While every low table is not neccesarily designed to be a coffee table virtually any low table will accomadate as one.
Aside from the obvious purpose of lending one a place to put one's drink within arm's reach the coffee table can in casual settings serve dual purpose as a foot-stool. With today's dependance on remotes, it affords a readily available resting place for them as well.
The benefits of a coffee table are readily seen in rooms without one. They lack the comfort and coziness that lends itself to impromtu get-togethers. The limitations to entertaining and comfort of space are obvious where the essential coffee table has been ignored.
Coffee tables easily lend themselves to showcasing centerpiece decorations and floral arrangements much in the same way dining room tables do. Often a few scented candles can change the mood of the room just that quickly. Seasonal decorations are frequently displayed in creative fashion on coffee-tables giving visitors and guests conversation starting points.
Alternative solutions to rooms or spaces just too small to accomadate a coffee table would be to make use of end tables, existing built-in shelf space or let the coffee-table give way to the ottoman. As always one's unique room design and decor, plus one's individual taste will play the deciding factor in whether to fly with or sans the indispensible coffee-table.