SAVE YOUR SHINS, well depending on your height your knees for sure!
When it comes to choosing a coffee table most folks + designs lean towards a square or rectangle, in fact, it’s really difficult to find anything but in stores. As toddlers we’re taught to only put the square/rectangle in the square/rectangle hole so why wouldn’t it be common sense to put a square/rectangle table in a square /rectangle room? To do anything else seems out of the ordinary. Yes, it does, but that’s the beauty of breaking the “rules” and creating a design style that’s rich in Feng Shui philosophy.
So next time your in the market for sourcing a new coffee table try this on for size and see how it feels to introduce a round coffee table into your living + family room. Don’t worry about the limited choices in the BIG box stores, check out the buy n sells on Facebook, Kijiji or Craig’s list. Even attend an auction and keep your eyes open for an antique or vintage round dining room table where the pedestal could be cut down to coffee table height of 16 – 18″ or higher depending on the height of your sofa. Ideally, the height of the coffee table should match the height of the sofa seat.
Ours is an old oak round dining table that I found on Kijiji and the best part it was already finished and it was crazy budget friendly at $60.00. Yes, it was. The finish on this table was the inspiration for our dining room tables set, also a Kijiji find at $300.00 for the 7′ table, 6 chairs and buffet and hutch (you’ll see these next month when I share tips on how to Feng Shui your dining room/area), as well as the old church bench/pew and old door shelf in our foyer. You can see the photo gallery here. https://fengshuibybridget.com/foyer/
Give it a fresh coat of paint to breathe new life into the piece and remember to not only to clean but to clear your second-hand treasures of any and all pr-existing energy, you don’t want to bring great deceased uncle Joe home with you. Here’s a step-by-step how-to guide. https://fengshuibybridget.com/feng-shui-second-hand-treasu…/
If a wood table isn’t your style then keep your eyes open for a glass table, modern with metal edges, or a man-made-laminate product. Unlike most local stores Wayfair has a number to choose from https://www.wayfair.ca/…/sb0/round-coffee-tables-c1867486.h…
Why round you ask?
1. In most spaces, round coffee tables are much more space planning friendly than the popular alternatives.
2. The lack of sharp corners makes them safer for children to play and navigate around while reducing the risk of bumps and bruises. The same goes for your shins.
Keep in Mind
When sourcing round tables keep in mind the diameter. You want to choose one that will fit perfectly in the space while allowing 12″ – 1.5′ between the table edge and the seating furniture.
Remember flow and function is a key point to consider when designing any room. Pint this Infographic on The Best Feng Shui Living Room Layout Guide to help you remember the perfect dimensions.
Don’t let design trends and tradition pigeonhole you into making choices that muck up your flow.