A new coffee table is a style of long, low table which is designed to be positioned in front of (or next to) a sofa or upholstered chairs to support beverages (hence the name), magazines, books (especially large, illustrated coffee table books), decorative objects, and other small items to be used while sitting, such as beverage coasters. Inside some situations, such as during a party, dishes of food may be positioned on the stand.
Coffee tables are usually found in the living room or sitting room. They are available in many different variations and prices change from style to style. Coffee tables may also incorporate cabinets or drawers for storage. The most common construction of espresso tables is out of wood, but metal espresso tables are also popular. Typically, stainless or light weight aluminum are being used for metal java tables. The idiom “Gather round the coffee table” is derived from the furniture piece as well as proclivity for encouraging conviviality and light conversation. Coffee dining tables were thought to primarily be constructed in Renaissance England.