Do coffee tables have anything to do with coffee?
According to The Examiner News, the first cafe opened in London in 1652, and others spread across Europe soon after. In these cafes, tea tables were present with an updated appearance from their earlier versions. These tables were 27 inches tall, stationary without wheels, and required seated guests. The idea of the tea table was born from the need to place a hot cup between sips. The burning question is why aren’t coffee tables as tall as tea tables? It’s not really practical to get out of a comfortable sofa and lean over a coffee table, just to take a sip.
Architectural Digest states that in the 19th century coffee replaced tea as America’s favorite beverage as employers promoted coffee breaks in the workplace. The hot drink eventually became more accessible as people began to learn how to brew coffee at home, and furniture makers decided to give the drink its own tabletop with a much more relaxed and comfortable feel. This meant lower height, specifically 18 to 19 inches tall. We don’t know who coined the term “coffee table”, but what was the purpose of making it lower to the floor?