Coffee tables are for more than just perching your cuppa on. They’re 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 some expert tips and advice on trends to help you on your way.
The company carries a wide range of coffee tables, from the modern industrial Ohio collection to the custom-made, natural live-edge black walnut coffee tables. Materials vary from white ash to American black walnut, with different sizes and wood grain patterns too. There’s plenty of choice to suit your home design and personal tastes. Here, the team give their advice to help you decide on where to buy coffee tables.
What’s your advice to customers choosing a coffee table?
Living rooms are getting smaller. Because of this, it’s important to choose the right-sized table so it doesn’t eat up too much living space. Many of our customers are looking to get coffee tables that are practical with a smaller footprint. One example is our Sawyer benches; they can serve as a narrow coffee table or double as additional seating when you have guests over.
For a high-use table, solid wood with a coated finish is much more robust and can easily withstand scratches, dents, and other minor nicks. Such coffee tables would easily withstand daily use (or abuse) from everything from pets and children, to keys, lattes and bibimbap sauce!
Our single-slab American black walnut coffee tables are the top pick among our customers. The beauty of a single slab coffee table is that each piece is unique, and no two slabs are ever the same; all the beauty of its grain and knots are intentionally exposed, displaying its personality and scars. That means no guest can ever say ‘Oh, my mum has that table at home!’
These are great investment pieces that will last for generations for the savvy homeowner. The make, design and profile of our coffee tables are a great way to add character to a room, and get a conversation started.
Grey & Sanders
* #06-02 Tan Boon Liat Building (flagship store), 315 Outram Road
* 9 Raffles Boulevard, #02-42
Soul & Tables – Jonathan Roelandts
Our collection includes natural wood and stone pieces. It’s important to find out if you’re suited to owning a table made of natural wood before buying. Natural wood will usually change its colour tone over time and with exposure to sunlight. Pieces made of this material also require more care and maintenance. as stain marks can be left if oil or water spills aren’t wiped down quickly.
Coffee table advice
It’s always best to use coasters and placemats on natural wood tables and wipe up spillages quickly. But don’t panic, as we also offer complimentary varnishing services for our 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. We carry Ethnicraft accessories including handcrafted nesting sets and low tray-table sets, which are great space-saving solutions for small living rooms.
As mentioned, nesting style coffee tables are still a very popular style. Because of the flexibility of the design, the lower coffee table can be kept under the bigger one to optimise floor space. And, when you need extra table space, you can use the nesting tables independently.
Unfinished wood coffee tables are predicted to stay at the top of the trend list – so check out our sleek Burger or Naomi collections.
Soul & Tables
#02-03 & #02-09 Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road
Originals – Geri Murphy
If you’ve played it safe with your sofa or other living-room furniture, coffee tables are 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.
Coffee table advice
Our advice is to find a table that’s easy to maintain, as it’s a high-use 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.
What trends are you seeing?
Round tables are proving to be really popular. They break the shape of a space so it looks more interesting visually. Round tables are also slightly safer with toddlers. Instead of a solid timber piece, our oak coffee tables with a marble or terrazzo top are really popular.
#05-02/03, 1 Bukit Batok Street 22
Lema – Daniel Magg
Italian designer furniture brand Lema oozes sophistication and high-quality craftsmanship, and its coffee tables are no different. Understated design with lived-in, light and bright aesthetics defines Lema’s individual pieces. The tables within its range have a timeless appeal that mean they can work with pretty much any home setting.
What’s your advice to customers purchasing a coffee table?
To work out the ideal height of your table, think about how it will be used; for example, will it be used for meals, resting weary feet, or a place to display your books or scented candles? The height needs to be appropriate for the intended use. Blend the colour of the table with the rug or flooring, and the sofa itself. When choosing the material, consider its environment, taking into account young children or pets in the home.
What’s trending right now?
Taller coffee tables! They have a versatility about them that makes them popular.
Arete Culture – Caroline Chin-Geyler
We offer customisable coffee tables at both of our locations, so if you have a definite idea of size, shape and style, just let us know. Our signature in-house coffee tables are the Susan, a set of round nested coffee tables, and the Emily, a rectangular coffee table.
Coffee table tips
When thinking about where to buy coffee tables, consider a table’s functionality first by choosing durable materials like a powder-coated stainless steel frame, hardwood or tempered glass.
If you have young children, avoid tables with sharp edges and opt for a round piece. We also recommend 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, we 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. We currently offer powder coating in black, gold or champagne.
Our coffee tables are part of our customisable furniture collection, which features made-to-order pieces that can be customised by size and finish. All custom pieces are delivered to your door within three weeks from order confirmation.
So many of us are spending more time at home because we can’t travel. We’re all looking for ways to make our homes feel bigger, more comfortable and more functional, while not compromising on style! So, although this isn’t so much of a trend, we think people are really opting for the classics now: coffee tables that are space-saving, versatile and easy to maintain. For these reasons, nesting coffee tables are incredibly popular.
* Atelier by Arete (flagship showroom): #01-01/02, 20 Depot Lane
* Arete Culture: #06-01 Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road
If you’re wondering where to buy coffee tables in Singapore and are on the hunt for designer pieces in a range of styles and silhouettes, then Black & Walnut is definitely worth a visit. From chic and contemporary, to more classic designs, the store’s pieces come mainly in American walnut wood, with natural marble and Basalt tabletops, and in round, racetrack oval or rectangular shapes. We asked the team for their table tips and trends advice.
Coffee table advice
It’s vital to define your needs, how much surface space do you need? Make sure you measure the height of your sofa seat height – your coffee table should be the same height or even lower than your sofa seat height.
As a general rule, when thinking about the size, your coffee table should be between a half and two-thirds the length of the side of the couch it will be facing. Then there’s the shape – an oval or round shape is more inviting, while a rectangular shape pairs well with longer couches.
There are plenty of considerations when choosing the material. Marble tops exude class and opulence while wood is durable, reliable and accommodating to any room style. Marble, granite and slate coffee tables look best when paired with hardwood floors or muted rugs, while industrial or structural themes pair well with metal coffee tables. If you plan to move the table around often, choose one that’s lightweight. Families with children should pick a material that can handle scratches.
What’s trending at the moment?
Right now, it’s eccentric shapes, with geometric lines. This is an easy way to inject a subtle accent into any room style, particularly those with straight and simple lines. Marble or basalt tops are also proving popular, and give a luxurious and sophisticated feel.
Black & Walnut
Level 1, 43 Keppel Road
Coffee tables are a heavy use piece of furniture, and as such the key is to find a long-lasting piece that’s also easy to maintain. At House of AnLi, you’ll find just such pieces, often combined with great storage, with tables available in natural wood, stainless steel and glass-topped.
With two sizeable outlets in Tanglin Mall, you’re spoilt for choice when choosing furniture. The Loft, located on the second floor, is House of AnLi’s new retail space, uniquely dedicated to showcasing its indoor and outdoor furniture brands. It’s definitely worth a browse when you’re on the hunt for a coffee table. We asked the store’s Panagiotis Lynas for some tips.
Coffee table advice
Choosing a coffee table made of natural wood such as oak will give it durability, but it’s important to know that this type of material requires more care and maintenance. Using beeswax from time to time on natural wood furniture such as oak will give your beautiful table an extra natural shine.
If you have a lot of space in your living room, choose an extendable or nesting table. With more tables underneath your coffee table, and couches around it, you can accommodate plenty of friends and family.
House of Anli
* #02-21/22 & #03-17 Tanglin Mall
* The Loft: #02-19 & #20 Tanglin Mall
163 Tanglin Road
We hope this article helped you work out where to buy coffee tables; check out our Homes section for many more furniture ideas and styling tips.