Coffee tables are for more than just perching your cuppa on. They’re also a way to show off your favourite magazine collection (hi!) or fancy photography books in the living room. And, if you have children, they may be home to many more things! They come in an array of finishes, materials, heights, sizes and shapes, so do some research to find the best one for you. If you’re wondering where to buy coffee tables in Singapore, here are five furniture shops with a wide range of styles – and some good advice, too.
If you’ve played it safe with your sofa or other living-room furniture, the coffee table is a great way to inject some personality into a room. “It’s a chance to say a little more about your style, and to add character to a home,” explains Geri Murphy from Originals.
Geri advises that you should find a coffee table that’s easy to maintain, as it’s a high-usage piece of furniture. “Also, if you have kids, you want them to survive it – or the other way around. So, it needs to be durable, without sharp edges. And it should be able to sustain wear and tear while still looking like a valued piece of furniture.”
A coffee table can be one of those buys that you take through from home to home, and country to country. That’s why choosing wisely is a must.
#05-02/03, 1 Bukit Batok Street 22
6471 9918 | originals.com.sg
The Soul & Tables collection includes natural wood, stone and glass-topped pieces. Managing Director Jonathan Roelandts explains that it’s important to find out if you’re suited to owning a coffee table made of natural wood before buying. “Natural wood will usually change its colour tone over time and with exposure to sunlight,” says Jonathan. Pieces made of this material also require more care and maintenance. “Stain marks can be left if oil or water spills aren’t wiped down quickly.”
Having said that, unfinished wood coffee tables are predicted to stay at the top of the trend list – so check out the store’s sleek Burger or Naomi collections.
Jonathan suggests using coasters and placemats on natural wood tables and wiping up spillages quickly. But don’t fret: the store offers complimentary varnishing services for its natural teak pieces, which can help to prevent against water and oil stains.
Another tip is to go for nesting or glass-top coffee tables for smaller spaces. The store carries Notre Monde handcrafted nesting sets and low tray-table sets, which are great space-saving solutions for small living rooms.
The Orb Coffee Table above is made in Serbia. The metal legs are built in a way to create an infinite movement – no beginning, no end. It’s a nice light look that will blend with contemporary and classic home décor styles. The store also offers the Stone Coffee Table, comprising a Carrara marble top and black metal frame. Natural stone, such as marble, was one of the top looks for 2019. Check out their range of coffee tables here.
Soul & Tables
#02-01 & #02-03 Tan Boon Liat Building
315 Outram Road
9272 1545 | soulandtables.com.sg
Arete offers customisable coffee tables at both of their locations, so if you have a definite idea of size, shape and style, just let them know. Their signature in-house coffee tables are the Susan, a set of round nested coffee tables, and the Emily, a rectangular coffee table.
When choosing a coffee table, the Arete team always advises thinking about functionality first by choosing durable materials like a stainless steel frame, hardwoods or tempered glass.
If you have young children, avoid coffee tables with sharp edges and opt for a round piece. Caroline also recommends going for tile over more precious materials like marble. The store’s tables use a marble lookalike tile or tempered glass for easy maintenance — it means spills are easily wiped up and you never have to worry about stains or water marks.
If you live near the sea, they recommend opting for stainless steel legs as salt in the air can accelerate metal corrosion. Stainless steel is also a material that is easily powder-coated for a beautiful luxe finish at home.
Arete’s coffee tables are part of the Bespoke Boutique Collection. They are made-to-order pieces that can be customised by size and finish, and delivered to your door within three weeks from order confirmation.
#06-01 Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road
Atelier by Arete
20 Depot Lane
9640 3829 | areteculture.com
WTP has a range of styles in all their furniture including coffee tables. There are some with raw wood or metal, and others featuring mixed materials. The latter is very on-trend right now: think a mix of wood and metal or marble with an atypically coloured metal base like rose gold or copper.
Naazli Somjee of WTP says we should try to use as much recycled wood as possible to reduce our carbon footprint. However, that doesn’t mean you need to settle for a rustic look. The black and gold Misa coffee table, for example, is a sleek modern update on an Art Deco style made with recycled wood.
3 Kung Chong Road
623 27603 | WTP The Furniture Company
While it might be best known for its American looks and brands, Taylor B also carries plenty of other styles. This includes furniture made from interesting materials such as tamarind wood from Thailand and, from Indonesia, petrified wood – this is wood that has turned to stone and is then polished to a high gloss.
43 Keppel Road
6225 7090 | taylorbdesign.com
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