If you are looking for a coffee table or cocktail table with durability and good looks - it is hard to beat wrought iron. The only exception? An iron and wood pairing! Our collection of iron coffee and cocktail tables feature hints of the past, present and future - scrolled and lacy, old English, metro daring and architecturally defining. Something for everyone from names like Lamani, Stone County Iron Works and our cottage industry partners around the world. Most are hand crafted and alluringly customizable.
These impressive wrought iron, glass and wood tables anchor a seating group and serve a multitude of purposes. They are home to the latest magazines, house plants, baskets of collected shells, kid's toys and crayons, the remote control and the everyday stuff of our lives. Sometimes we even put coffee cups and cocktail glasses on them. Don't forget to use a coaster.
Whether it is a place to set your favorite book and drink or a space to rest your feet upon while watching TV, a coffee table can provide a variety of functions. On the other hand, a coffee table is so much more than functional. From rustic to elegant and traditional to contemporary a wrought iron coffee or cocktail table is a crucial piece of furniture that helps to complete the tone of your rooms' decor. The table you choose plays an important role in centering your furnishings, setting off your style and making you room feel complete. So, consideration of size, shape, style and function are important. If you are searching for a wrought iron coffee table, as with any piece of furniture, you probably have a few questions.
For your convenience we have compiled some basic industry information and tips that should help to answer any questions you may have, and aid you in finding the table that will be most appropriate for your needs.
First a clarification - Do you need a coffee table or a cocktail table?
The dictionary defines a coffee table well as a cocktail table as "low table where magazines can be placed and coffee or cocktails are served". That means they are basically the same thing. The only difference we have been able to locate is perhaps in the shape of the table.
Coffee Table: A round or oval low table that is placed in front of the sofa for holding snack bowls, glasses, magazines, etc.
Cocktail Table: A Cocktail table is a square or rectangular low table that is placed in front of the sofa for holding snack bowls, glasses, magazines, etc.
Size matters - you don't want to buy a coffee table that is too large for your room.
Height - The standard height for coffee tables is from 16 to 18 inches, and the most popular guideline is that a coffee table should be about the same height or one to two inches lower than the seat height of the sofa. But you should always determine your needs before selecting a wrought iron coffee table. For instance, do you entertain frequently? If so, a higher table is sometimes preferable, up to about 21 inches, so your guests won't be inconvenienced while setting down their drinks. Some other exceptions to this guideline are; If you like to use the coffee table as a foot rest, avoid coffee tables that stand higher than your couch as it can be awkward and uncomfortable if your feet are higher than your body while lounging around. Will you be eating at the table? If so, a tea-height table (about 25" tall) will be more comfortable.
Length - The length of the table should always be long enough for everyone seated on the sofa to be able to reach the table. But it should never be as long as the seating area of the sofa itself, to allow people to be able to exit the sofa A general guideline is about two-thirds the length of the sofa (not including arms).
Width - The width can be determined by how much room you have between the upholstered pieces and the table in your seating arrangement - leaving approximately 18 inches around each side of the table and between the table and the sofa.
Scale - The proportion of the coffee table needs to be in keeping with both the size of the living room and the scale of the surrounding furnishings. You don't want to buy a coffee table that is too large for your room. If you live in a small apartment a small coffee table would be practical. On the other hand, if you have a large living space, there is a lot more flexibility when it comes to wrought iron coffee table size.
Shape - Should it be square, rectangular, circular or oval?
One of the standard guidelines for coffee table placement is the 18-inch rule. It is recommended that you always allow 18 inches between the coffee table and the sofa or the chairs, anything more puts the table too far from the people sitting on the sofa. Knowing this rule and keeping in mind other consideration can help to determine the shape wrought iron coffee table you need.
A square table is appropriate when you have a sofa and a couple of chairs on each side or when you have a sectional sofa with both sections being the same length. In this case a square shaped coffee table will fit allowing an 18-inch distance to all seating pieces.
A small round table, on the other hand, may be perfect for a small space. As the relationship between the edge of the sofa and the edge of a round table exists at only one point so, you could break the 18- inch rule if needed and pull the table as close as 12 inches to the sofa.
A rectangular table works well with longer sofas or with sectional sofas that feature a long section and incorporate a chaise lounge on the end.
Sometimes two smaller tables work better than one. This may be the case if you have a narrow space and a really long sofa.
If the safety of small ones is a concern, a rounded or oval table with gentle edges may be a wise selection.
Style - The perfect coffee table should complement your living room setting
The perfect wrought iron coffee table should not only complement your living room setting, it should also be functional and durable. So when choosing a table, you must take into account its usability and convenience as well as the style of your living room. For instance, if you have young children at home, your coffee table should be sturdy and functional, whereas if you entertain often, you should keep utility as well as appearance in mind.
First consider who's going to be using the table and what they're going to be using it for.
Is it going to be used by kids with crayons or homework? If so, choose a top such as a stone or laminate or one that's already got imperfections, such as distressed wood
Are you going to sit on a sofa and put your feet up on the table? If so, look for an, ottoman-style coffee table and put one or multiple trays atop it to hold food and drinks.
Do you like to sit on the floor and eat off the coffee table? If so, look for a table that you can slide your legs and feet under.
Next, analyze your living room's decor so you can match your coffee table to its style
Traditional Style Coffee Tables - Tables featuring a decorative metal or wrought iron base with a simple glass top offer classic traditional styling and accent formal settings.
Contemporary Style Coffee Tables - Contemporary wrought iron coffee tables usually feature clean lines and minimalist design. Often made from metal, glass or stone they may sport geometric or other artistic shapes ..
Rustic Style Coffee Tables - Rustic settings are perfect for the woodland series of wrought iron coffee tables hand-forged by Stone County ironworks.
Old World Style Coffee Tables - For a European inspired decor, look for a study old world inspired wrought iron base paired with marble that captures the vibrant history of distant lands and adds warmth and depth to your home.
French Country Style Coffee Tables- The popular French Country look, lends itself to swirly wrought iron bases combined with wood or aged copper tops, and works well in a slightly informal setting, on porches or with outdoor patio furniture.
Regardless of style, here are a few more guidelines can assist you in making an informed choice:
A glass-topped wrought iron coffee table visually enlarges a small space because it appears to take up less room than a solid table of the same size.
A glass-topped table allows light to travel through a space and won't obscure a beautiful carpet beneath.
A table with prominent legs looks best against a skirted sofa or chairs.
When in doubt, its better to choose a coffee table that is "too large" rather than "too small".
So whether you're looking for a wrought iron coffee table as a focal piece in your living room, or an accent piece to an existing collection, now that you are more informed, you should have no problem selecting the perfect finishing touch for your room.
Other wrought iron living room tables we offer:
Wrought Iron Accent Tables
: Accent tables include any small living room tables, such as side and occasional tables. Accent tables provide needed sitting and storage area as well as "accenting" your décor.
Wrought Iron Console Tables
: An excellent yet often-overlooked way to add convenient surfaces to a living room, console or sofa tables are used for more than defining spaces; their height makes them perfect for the living room, hall or entryway.
Wrought Iron Side Table
: Placed at either end of the couch or next to a chair, end tables are great for holding lamps or for setting drinks and snacks on while watching TV.