Coffee tables and small children can be tricky. The right coffee table can become a favorite prop for cruising, a snacking spot or a train depot, while coffee tables chosen in simpler, child-free days can seem like an accident waiting to happen.
A recent article in the New York Times that runs down the potential perils of coffee tables left me thinking about my own coffee table history. I don't remember what ever happened to the table from my first real apartment, a round Danish modern beauty purchased for pennies at a yard sale. Our current coffee table worked perfectly in our last place, but it was acquired long before children were on the event horizon and it shows. Sharp corners and glass make our living room a decidedly child-unfriendly space, but we are sticking with it for now.
Next time will be different. As much as I love the classic design, I'll be saying no to Noguchi; I cringe when I think of Matchbox car races etched into the glass surface and teetering toddlers putting their weight onto the balanced top. Odds are we'll go for pre-loved, so there won't be any worries about the first among many scratches that will be inevitable with three young children. There will be no sharp corners, artful balancing acts, metal, stone or glass. It will be kinder and gentler than its predecessor.
Does your coffee table get along with your kids?
(Image: Room & Board)