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 trends advice to help you on your way.
Grey & Sanders
At Grey & Sanders, we carry a wide range of coffee tables, from our modern industrial Ohio collection to the custom-made, natural live edge black walnut coffee tables. The coffee tables we have available vary in different materials from White Ash to American Black Walnut, ranging in different sizes and wood grain patterns. There’s plenty of choice to suit your home design and personal tastes.
What’s your key piece of advice to customers choosing a coffee table?
Living rooms are getting smaller, and as such it’s important to choose the right size so it doesn’t eat up too much of your living space. Many of our customers are looking to get coffee tables that are practical with a smaller footprint, such as our Sawyer benches which 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 your pets, children, keys, lattes and bibimbap sauce.
Is there a particular style of coffee table that’s proving popular ?
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. These are great investment pieces that will last for generations for the savvy homeowner.
No guest can ever say “Oh, my mum has that table at home!” The make, design and profile of our coffee tables are a great way to add character to a room, and get a conversation started.
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 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.
Coffee table advice
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
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
Find a 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.
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
6471 9918 | originals.com.sg
Arete Culture 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. 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 choosing a coffee table, we advises thinking about functionality first by choosing durable materials like a powder-coated stainless steel frame, hardwoods or tempered glass.
If you have young children, avoid coffee 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.
What coffee table trends are you seeing?
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
#06-01 Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road
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
House of AnLi – Panagiotis Lynas
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 will 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. Definitely worth a browse when you’re on the hunt for a coffee table.
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. Occasionally using beeswax 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 coffee table. With more tables underneath your coffee table, and couches around it, you will be able to accommodate plenty of friends and family.
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