Tips for Using a Coffee Table for Dinner Parties?

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Q: I'm moving into a studio apartment in Manhattan, and as you can imagine, I am challenged with space. I got a beautiful hand-me-down long chest/coffee table. I was wondering if you have any tips on how to use a low-sitting table as a dining table. I'm part Thai, and one of my favorite memories about eating in Thailand is taking off my shoes, sitting on a cushion on the floor, and just enjoying the food...grounded.

I want to somehow incorporate that into my new apartment.

Is there anyway for me to use this table as a coffee table [near] a couch and at the same time, use it to entertain guests during a dinner party?

If not and my only choice is to use this table as a dining table, do you have tips or suggestions on where to get cushions, how to decorate them around the table, rug ideas, place settings, etc. to make my guests feel comfortable with eating on the ground? I want to keep the Thai tradition, while keeping it simple and modern. Is this achievable???

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.

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