What Your Coffee Table Says About You

What Your Coffee Table Says About You

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Brittney Morgan
May 27, 2017

Your coffee table is basically the centerpiece of your living area. Guests gather around it, you lounge in front of it to watch Netflix, maybe you even you push it out of the way to exercise at home—and if you live in a tiny space, you almost definitely use it as a place to eat meals, too (I know I definitely do). And how you keep your coffee table—how you decorate it, if you keep it organized or whether you use coasters or don't—shows a lot about your personality.

So, what's your usual coffee table state? Find yourself on the list and see what it says about you.

If it's covered in books or magazines...

You spend most of your time reading and you enjoy talking about books—whether they're the latest bestsellers or your old read-and-reread favorites. You're also all about keeping up with the latest trends. By keeping books and magazines out on display, your coffee table is full of conversation starters.

If you have lots of candles or plants on it...

You feel most at peace when everything around you is cozy and fresh. You want your home to be a calming sanctuary, and your coffee table definitely reflects that. It's tidy (but not too tidy) and covered in artfully arranged naturally scented candles and succulents.

If you never move your mail from it...

You've got too many other things to worry about to sort your mail every day, so it sits in a stack on (or in a storage space underneath) your coffee table. You've got a busy work schedule and a full social calendar, and you'll get around to opening—and getting rid of—all that mail eventually.

If it's covered in trinkets...

You have a big, multi-faceted personality and you're a collector by nature. Your home shows off your personality well, but especially your coffee table—it is a centerpiece to your living room, after all. Each tchotchke represents a part of you, and you wouldn't have it any other way.

If it's always neat...

You're a minimalist and a perfectionist, and you believe that everything in your home has a proper place. Your flawlessly tidy and organized coffee table helps tie the room together, and you're always ready for when company comes over, even if it's unexpected.

If it's always messy...

You're a creative person who tends to get caught up in doing projects and going on adventures. At the end of the day, you just don't have time to worry about whether or not there are crumbs or dust on the table, or if your stuff is neat and organized. You'd rather focus on other, more fun things.

If it's clean on top and messy underneath...

This is basically the mullet of coffee table setups—you've got a clean tabletop but storage underneath that's not organized at all. You prefer your home to look cozy and lived-in; organized enough, but not too much. Your table is also company-ready, but never perfect, and that's how you like it.

If you always use coasters...

You're a planner, and you think a lot about the future. You take great pride in taking care of your things, and you consider everything an investment. You wouldn't risk a water ring on the table because you'd rather be responsible and save yourself the trouble.

If you never use coasters...

On the flip side, if you're averse to coasters, it's not because you don't care—you're just more of a spontaneous, risk-taking kind of person. You'd rather deal with an issue later if it arises than worry so much about preventing it now. You live in the moment, and your home reflects that.

So, what's your coffee table like?

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