Multi-purpose Furniture: Is it OK to rest my feet on the coffee table?

Q: Is it proper to put one’s feet on the coffee table?  My friends have told me it is OK, that’s what they’re there for, however, I don’t agree.

A: You are correct in most instances, those being sitting in someone else’s home, or in your own home if that is your house rule.  Generally, coffee tables are not there as footstools, but rather for coffee, beverages, sometimes decorative pieces — and feet don’t belong on that surface.  There are those who have footstool coffee tables, or wicker baskets, or a refinished door, who indeed consider the table a casual addition to the seating arrangement.  If that is OK with them, then it has to be OK with you, too, since it is their decision and their home.

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