How many of you have a coffee table in your house? I have been looking at a lot of websites and magazines lately to get ideas of ways I can spruce my house up some. I see all of these great family room layouts with beautiful coffee tables in them, and I always wonder if I'm the only person on the planet that doesn't have a coffee table.
I would love to have a coffee table in my family room, but with kids, they are too dangerous. Yes, seriously. Case in point: My parents used to have a glass-top coffee table in their living room. You know, one of those that has a huge sheet of glass sitting on top of the four posts? My cousin came to visit one summer when she was 3 or 4, and pulled the glass right off the top of those 4 posts and it shattered everywhere! I think she is still traumatized by that. Or maybe it was the yelling she had to endure from my dad for breaking the table?
Then there are the wooden coffee tables. I really like those lift-top coffee tables that you can raise up if you want to eat on it.
Those are dangerous too, though. That is just something else for my kids to run into and bump their heads on. How many people do you know that have those rubber bumpers on the corners of their coffee table? Pretty!
Not only do we not have a coffee table, we have TV trays for our end tables. No lie. Before we had kids we used to eat on the couch every night, so there was no point in putting the trays away. Instead, we would just put them at the ends of the sectional when we were done. Nice, huh? We actually had to put one of those away a few months ago after Bryce pulled one down on top of himself. Lucky for him, though, the empty space in the middle went right over his head. Even something as simple as TV trays can be dangerous.
We do have two console tables in our house. One, though, does have the big glass top. That table currently sits behind the couch where the kids can't get to it. They can't pull the glass off, nor can they slam something down on top of it and shatter it. The other console table is wooden, and it is also a semi-circle, so the only edges are those against the wall. That should be safe, right? Well, I did find the kids sitting on the bottom section yesterday like it was a fort, so I'm sure it is just a matter of time before someone stands under it and knocks their head on the top part.
I guess it is going to be a few more years before I can look past the dangers of furniture to see the beauty of it. Until then, feel free to set your drinks on a TV tray. Just use a coaster, please.
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