Choosing between wooden and glass coffee tables? How to decide which is right for you

A coffee table can set the tone of your living room, so it’s worth taking the time to choose one that complements your lifestyle and the rest of your furniture. There are a wide variety of options, but two of the most popular styles are  wooden tables and glass coffee table.

Style & Shape

You want your coffee table to complement the furniture you already have, but you can also choose a style to offset other features. If you have large, sharp lines in your lounge room, for instance, a round table can help soften the feel of the room. Consider the height of your furniture, as well, and choose a table that won’t stand too high or low when you’re seated.


Choose a table to match your lifestyle. In terms of the material, keep in mind that wooden tables require a bit more maintenance to avoid damaging the wood, so if you’re not the kind of person to use coasters, you may want to choose a more rugged table.

Consider who else will be using it. If you have children who may play with their toys in your lounge, a glass table may not be the best option. If, however, your lounge is somewhat on the small side, glass may an ideal decision. One of the advantages of glass is its transparency, offering your room the illusion of more space and accentuating the items placed on its surface.


When you’re looking, try to factor in how you’ll use the table as well. Will it be mostly ornamental? Will you be placing a lot of items on it? Do you want it to include storage where you can hide the smaller items that sometimes clutter up a lounge room? And where will it be placed? In the centre of the room or to the side of other furniture? These are all considerations that will help shape your decision.

For examples of both wooden and glass coffee tables, as well as a wide range of other options, drop in to the experts at Gainsville. Based in Melbourne, their showroom in the heart of the city offers a wide range of tables in varying sizes, styles and materials. Gainsville excels at producing contemporary designer furniture for the way we live our lives today. If you can’t make it to Melbourne, have a browse on their extensive website for thorough product descriptions and photos.