A pine coffee table is a great addition to your living room, and not only if you have a living room that is rustic in design.
I’ve seen pine coffee tables add a great splash of warmth and color in the homes of the most austere Zen masters and even the most contemporary and elegant clean designs. You know by now that I am a huge fan of natural wood in furniture and especially in tables and coffee tables particularly. But before we get to some specific thoughts about the pine coffee table, I want to take a moment and talk about its origins from the natural and wonderful pine tree.
The pine tree is an evergreen coniferous tree which simply means that they have cone bearing seeds and keep their “leaves” or needles on their limbs throughout the year. There are also well over one hundred species of pine trees in the world, and the vast majority of them are native to the Northern Hemisphere. They average around 15 to 45 meters (50 to 150 feet) tall though they can be as short as 3 meters and as tall as 80 meters or more (10 feet and 260 feet respectively). They are long lived trees averaging ages of 100 years to 1000 years or more and the oldest known one right now is over 4800 years old.
Appreciating the pine in your pine coffee table
An interesting side note, this oldest living fella is bristlecone pine living in California and is known as “Methuselah”. The actual location of this tree is a secret because a cousin of this tree named “Prometheus” who was older was cut down in 1964. The ignorance of some people continues to astonish me.
Anyway, perhaps that will help you appreciate your next pine coffee table or even your current pine coffee table if you have one. We owe a deep debt of gratitude to our trees. The pine tree is also considered a softwood and despite what most folks think, softwood lumber describes wood from trees that are coniferous which usually means they are evergreen with some small but noticeable exceptions. Softwood does not indicate the softness of the wood, as indeed, many softwood trees are harder in the mechanical sense than their hardwood counterparts.
A pine coffee table has a wonderful yellow to golden color, from a soft yellow to a warmer yellow depending on the type of staining and treatment of the pine itself. Usually a pine coffee table is treated and varnished to prolong its life and to help prevent against stains and spillage of your wonderful coffee, or even perhaps the left over coffee grind beans. Many times, folks who are looking for a pine coffee table will often consider an oak coffee table too. And in fact I have an oak coffee table that looks just wonderful in my home.
The versatile pine coffee table
The great thing about pine as I mentioned before, is that it can give you a rustic coffee table or contemporary coffee table look depending on what you are looking for. And a great pine coffee table can give you years of enjoyment and aesthetic pleasure that you could even bequeath to your children and their children. And of course like other coffee tables and any good wood coffee table, you can get a solid pine coffee table as a round coffee table or even a small coffee table or any number of different sizes and shapes depending on your needs.
Pine coffee tables, along with other wood coffee tables will also come in a variety of price ranges. From the twenty dollar garage sale variety to the thousand dollar and more custom made pine coffee table that suits your actual need. So if you’re looking for a coffee table, I highly recommend you give a pine coffee table a good look and consideration.