All of these coffee tables have one thing in common -- they are all at tea height. It's really just a fancy way of saying that they are taller than the typical coffee table, which usually sits at or below seat level. Perhaps we should call them a tea table instead?
In this photo of my living room (taken ages ago) you can see that our coffee table stands at tea height. It belonged to my grandmother, and supposedly it once stood as dining table until she had it cut down. (We'd had it only a matter of weeks before my girls started to ruin the top, so I promptly "upholstered" the top in pleather --which has held up beautifully to all manner of abuses.)
After having lived with both varieties of coffee table, I thought I'd list the pros and cons of the tea height.
- easy for entertaining as you don't have to reach far for your drink
- or plate of food if it's a casual get together -- you can literally eat off the thing
- perfect for watching videos or shows on a laptop
- not comfortable for propping feet on
- takes up a lot of visual space in a room
I've given thought to chopping my grandmother's tea height coffee table down a bit. Quite frankly, I'm more into comfort and casual living than formality. And since my grandmother had no problem chopping the legs down on an antique, I figure I can do the same.
**In my previous post, I said I was going to show you pictures of my new collection, but I'm feeling too lazy to upload and sort through my photos just now. :)