Your coffee table should always be proportional to your sofa for a well-thought-out look. For example, with a two-seat sofa, your coffee table should be no smaller than 45 inches wide. For a three-seater, 53-55 inches is an ideal width. Height is important for a coffee table, too, especially as pallet coffee tables tend to sit lower due to the elongated design. A low coffee table will look odd with a high sofa or chair, but it will suit a low-profile sofa. Legs are what make a table appear taller both literally and visually. This means that if your pallet table has wheels, it will naturally appear lower to the eye.
Pallet coffee tables will all have a similar look due to the nature of a pallet design, but there are some variations. For example, the legs of a pallet coffee table will set it aside from the rest. Tapered legs will give your table a chic, mid-century modern look, as will hairpin legs, especially those made from iron. Rodney Lawrence says industrial furniture is a huge trend in the design world right now, and wheels on a coffee table will give it the ultimate industrial look. Wheels will also maintain the original pallet-like essence of your coffee table while updating it for a new space. As for color, most pallet coffee tables feature their original color for an accent touch, though some are sanded and painted over to fit other decor schemes.
Most pallets are made from either softwood or hardwood, both of which require similar maintenance. So softwoods like pine and cedar stay looking their best, you may want to consider looking for a coffee table that has been treated with an oil finish. A penetrating oil finish is best, as this will protect your table from the inside of the wood as well as the outside. Softwood is also prone to rot and other deteriorating factors, so protective measures are vital. Hardwoods such as oak, walnut, and mahogany are, as you may have guessed by the name, tough and hard-wearing. However, this does not mean you can abandon a protective coating completely. The visible knots and grains of hardwood can become damaged more quickly if they are not treated.
A pallet coffee table will often have some form of storage. This storage can be a slot at the side or front but is most commonly a shelf situated beneath the main table surface. A coffee table with a shelf will bring depth to a minimalist living room without looking out of place. Of course, a shelf is a very useful addition for storage purposes, too. Depending on the type of shelf - open, narrow, or wide - you'll be able to turn it into both a storage and a decorative space. Moreover, Danielle Colding recommends looking for a pallet coffee table with drawers. Alongside a large shelf, small drawers will enable you to organize small items like a TV remote better.