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Coffee Tables: A Footrest Debate

Everyone can agree that coffee tables are necessary and ubiquitous furniture items that serve a great purpose no matter the cost or aesthetic value, but tempers can flare when it comes to whether they’re a good place to rest your weary dogs.</br></br>Why, as a nation, is putting our collective feet on the <a title="Coffee Tables" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/living-room-furniture/living-room-tables/coffee-tables/?linkloc=tn" target="_blank">coffee tables</a> of this country so frowned upon? Is there justice in this prohibition? Is there a land where feet are free to roam the open plains of coffee tables near and far?</br></br>Nobody knows, but what we do know is that we can look at the arguments (and hopefully have a laugh at this ridiculous rule along the way).</br></br><strong>Argument #1: It’s gross.</strong></br></br>Wait, what? Feet are gross, or putting them on a coffee table is gross? Either way, this is anti-foot and flatly discriminatory.</br></br>Admittedly, allowing one’s feet to get close to another’s food and/or drink appears to approach the limits of appropriate social conduct, but it only <em>appears</em> so. The fact is that both food and/or drink likely originated in the kitchen, where pretty much <a title="The 10 Filthiest Things in Your House" href="http://www.atgstores.com/ourblog/The-10-Filthiest-Things-in-Your-House" target="_blank">everything in sight is far dirtier than the average foot</a>.</br></br>Case closed.</br></br><strong>Argument #2: It’ll scuff the table.</strong></br></br>This … is actually a legitimate concern, but only if the violator is wearing shoes. If not, it should be game – and feet – on! To take it a step further (wink, wink), everyone knows that the stocking-clad foot is more likely to <em>polish</em> the coffee table than anything else.</br></br>Finally, if this is really a concern, dollars to donuts says the person harboring such a fear of scuffs has a shoes-off policy in the house, anyway. So, on balance, this issue is unlikely to arise.</br></br>Done and done.</br></br><strong>Argument #3: It’s an expensive piece of furniture.</strong></br></br>Well, it doesn’t <em>have to be</em>, but let’s say it is. Was it not built to support things? Does the price not reflect a level of quality and craftsmanship required to support an innocent foot or two?</br></br>Here, it must be noted that folks who like to kick up their heels (onto coffee tables, that is) bear a certain amount of responsibility. Shoes or no shoes, there should be no banging or kicking or other horseplay.</br></br>Common decency and cushy coffee tables can most assuredly coexist.</br></br><strong>Argument #4: It’s rude, uncouth and disruptive.</strong></br></br>What rubbish! It’s rude not to <em>ask</em> as a guest in someone’s home, but the act itself is as American as a rusty pickup truck. This is an antiquated notion that has its roots in the sitting-room etiquette of yore.</br></br>That said, work boots are not welcome at a tea party – that’s just common sense. Naturally, when considering the treatment of coffee tables, one must always consider the mood of the moment.
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