Apart from your bed, we think that there's nothing quite as practical and decorative as a table in any home. They are an important feature in any room as well as being totally functional.
They're such a focus for the family to eat and entertain together. Think Christmas and Thanksgiving when the table is groaning under too much food and everyone is of the same mind to enjoy the season. Or if a family member drops in unexpectedly, we all tend to sit around the kitchen table with a brew!
Not all tables have to work so hard to earn their living, though. Leave that to King Arthur and his Knights!
A simple contemporary round coffee table suggests relaxation and easy living - maybe just a cup of your favorite bean and a good book to browse.
We've picked these five tables for their style and elegant design. We reckon anyone of them will fit into any modern home whether they're snuggled into a woolly rug or sitting neat and poised on a hardwood floor.
The selection uses a combination of easy-to-clean glass ,wood and metal in their simple construction. No ornamental frills here - just basic pleasing shapes that are practical and easily maintained for everyday use. And no corners - nothing to catch clothing or kids!
There's a choice of top diameters and heights to allow you to decide the size you need to match your furniture.
Another reason for picking these five particular models is that you can buy them flat-packed for home assembly, or, for a fee, you can have them prebuilt by experts. If you're not handy with tools and want to save yourself some hassle, then the latter option may be right up your street.
Our choice was heavily influenced by the great ratings for all the products. They can't be this popular without being good - can they? We believe you can be assured of their quality and value for money from the positive appraisals so many happy buyers.
The glass top is a good size at around 36 inches diameter and sits atop a curved gloss light metal frame. The overall height is a comfortable 19 inches.
The easy-to-clean glass is toughened for home safety. That's reassuring if you have kids around. The top has a generous upper weight limit of 200 lbs - more than enough to hold your coffee pot and mugs!
There is a matching end table available from the same manufacturer. This is useful if you're looking to theme your room.
There are plenty of folks who have bought this product and are really happy with their purchase. 4.3 stars out of 5 seems to suggest this is so.
Made from wood and strengthened glass, this item sits at 18 inches high and the top is 30 inches in diameter. The wood is a combination of both solid and composite timber. There is a choice of a dozen colors of glass inlay - the picture here shows the clear-glass variation. This color choice means that you can blend in with your home decor theme very easily. All the glass inlays are tempered for safety.
The wood is finished in a semi-gloss dark brown finish.
A matching shelf is fitted giving ample extra storage for those little loose things that are always lying around. The shelf measures at just under 27 inches.
This item is part of a set of tables available from the maker - you can also have - and people do - an end table or a taller side table to match in. Both of these extras have the mid-shelf fitted as well.
We were influenced by the fair price of this model for the quality. Many people seem to agree with that sentiment! Some reviewers said that it was easy to assemble and were impressed by its look.
It's a compact model measuring about 36 inches across at a height of just over 16 inches. Too low for some reviewers but ideal for others. It really depends on the height of your sofas and chairs whether this is the right model for you.
The toughened glass comes clear and sits secure in the metal form that is finished matte gold. Although we think it a good option, there is no matching shelf fitted as an extra - pity about that.
There are corresponding end and side tables to match if you need them.
This model is made by Sauder who have an impressive reputation as furniture manufactures. Understandable then that this piece receives high ratings from reviewers - 4.6 out of 5 stars. To us, for the price, that seems to be a really great bargain!
There's a black framed version of this model that's as popular as the gold one. If you're into black finishes, check out the link at the top of this page to see the details.
Basic and practical, it's pocket-sized at just over 31 inches in diameter and only 16 inches high.
A laminate top is supported on a square -metal frame. Available in three color choices - Ashwood, Brown Walnut and Grey Slate. Our picture shows the latter which has a stone-like finish. Enough choice of finishes to fit in with most home decoration and furnishings. the metal X-frame is colored black for all tops. It has floor protectors fitted on the legs.
Super easy to put together. One buyer who admits to being a bit ham-fisted managed the assembly in about 10 minutes - others agree that 10 - 15 minutes is easy to achieve.
Lots of reviewers reckon it's a bargain at the price for an all-round table. Some folks have found it answered as a stand for a Christmas tree!
Nearly 200 reviews rate this handy little furniture piece at 4.3 stars. For the price, it's a snip!
There are two choices of safety glass - clear and black with two colors of frames - black and silver. There is a matching end table available as well. These combinations are designed to suit most house decoration fashions and blend in with most furniture styles.
It's sizable at 33 inches across and it stands 19 inches off the floor. The 6 mm glass is toughened for safety and is held securely to the frame by suction cups.
It has adjustable feet that's useful where there are uneven floors.
Buyers agree that it is securely packaged and that it's very easy to assemble - should take you about 10 minutes or so.
It comes highly recommended at 4.6 stars from over a hundred reviews. It's competitively priced too - giving you so much more for your money.