I have developed a sincere appreciation for furniture pieces that include hidden storage compartments. Specifically, coffee and end tables. With a family of four humans and two dogs, there are plenty of odds and ends (and, frankly, ugly stuff) that need to be hidden away from visitors and ourselves alike. What makes a great coffee table? For us, it’s a combination of things. We gather around its edges some Fridays and Saturdays for family game night, so it requires a sizeable surface. As an added bonus, said games can be stored inside the coffee table for easy accessibility. It must be sturdy and easy to wipe clean after the countless art projects it hosts. Since a table of the proportions we desire will likely be the centerpiece of the room, it must have rustic style and character. Last, but certainly not least, it must function as a comfortable footstool. Yes, we are a casual family that puts our feet up on the table when we’re relaxing. Finding a coffee table that checks all the boxes can be quite a daunting task. I’m always on the lookout for one, even though we are more than satisfied with the one we have now. You never know, however, when the one you love is suddenly broken beyond repair and you have to replace it. Shopping in a state of desperation can lead to bad purchases, so having a reserve selection of furniture is never a bad idea. If you find an artisan or design that you love, add the contact information into your idea file, along with a photo, so it’s at the ready when you need it. Storage, style and satisfaction…the ingredients for the Reclaimed Barnwood Coffee Table with Drawers. Add a smile and a sign of happiness as you put your feet up on its reclaimed barnwood top, and all the world is right for a while.