I have this thing about coffee tables. I can't tell you how many houses I am in where the coffee table is so far away from the sofa that you actually have to get up to put your drink down. Why is this? Has everyone forgotten what the COFFEE table is for? While I'm much more forgiving of the lack of side tables (also a place where you are supposed to be able to put a drink down), I just can't forgive that the coffee table has gone from extremely functional to the place to put highfalutin' books and objects of curiosity intended to make you look cool. People, it needs to be both!