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In the near future I may be in the position to buy and/or design an heirloom quality gaming table with vault and I'm trying to think of the advantages and disadvatages of a coffee table style vs a dining table. A coffee table seems more conducive to spontaneous play as opposed to asking people to move to the dining room, but leaning over a coffee table can be harder on older backs (but I suppose I could rearrange comfy couches in an ergonomically-friendly way, but there goes the spontaneity thing, sigh... First-World problems amiright? ), but a dinning room table seems closer to what most people are accostomed.

Anyway, I'd like to get your experiences of each as I've never played on a table with a vault feature. Thanks.
 
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We have a vaulted coffee table and a regular dining table. 90% of the time we play on the dining table (much more comfortable, and also has more tablespace). When we play on the coffee table, we use the vault in ~1/5th of the time, and even then, it's just because of the card friendly felt surface inside, not becuse of its vaulted nature. Although, i can see the possible advantages of having a long break in a game and covering it, so everything stays - but it just doesn't happen here.
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Scottgun wrote:
In the near future I may be in the position to buy and/or design an heirloom quality gaming table with vault and I'm trying to think of the advantages and disadvatages of a coffee table style vs a dining table. A coffee table seems more conducive to spontaneous play as opposed to asking people to move to the dining room, but leaning over a coffee table can be harder on older backs (but I suppose I could rearrange comfy couches in an ergonomically-friendly way, but there goes the spontaneity thing, sigh... First-World problems amiright? ), but a dinning room table seems closer to what most people are accostomed.

Anyway, I'd like to get your experiences of each as I've never played on a table with a vault feature. Thanks.


I have a comfy couch, but no matter how comfy the couch is, you will never be able to play the game and sit back in the couch. I get back aches whenever I sit forward too long on a couch (or lean forward when fixing my bike for example), so gaming on the coffee table is only possible for me if a game doesn't require constant looking at the board (Tales of the Arabian Nights, Sherlock).

If I were to build a table, it'd be the dining room table.
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Do you have a bad back? Playing games at the dining table is the only option.

Do you *want* a bad back? Playing on a coffee table may be for you...
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rvervuurt wrote:
I have a comfy couch, but no matter how comfy the couch is, you will never be able to play the game and sit back in the couch. I get back aches whenever I sit forward too long on a couch (or lean forward when fixing my bike for example), so gaming on the coffee table is only possible for me if a game doesn't require constant looking at the board (Tales of the Arabian Nights, Sherlock).

If I were to build a table, it'd be the dining room table.


Another couple of factors in favour of a dining table. It's nicer to stand at. For large games, watching a game in progress or simply stretching one's back it can be good to stand. An opposing reason is that a coffee table might be too low for convenience for a wheelchair user.

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Playing at a usual dining height table is way more comfortable and convenient.

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A coffee table seems more conducive to spontaneous play

I think this only makes sense if you're wanting to play some light party games without much board action, so e.g. Taboo or other quiz games, at the coffee table (which I doubt you're intending).
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Thanks. So far every response is confirming what I suspected: that a conventional table with chairs is proper for serious gaming. I especially like the part about standing which quite frankly reminds me that at game night just because everyone else is sitting, doesn't mean I have to if I start getting uncomfortable.
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The dining table is the way to go. As others have said coffee tables are good for holding your coffee, but bad for backs.

If you often play long, multi-session games, and vaulted dining table would be your best option.
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Unless you are already a dedicated coffee table gamer, I can't see making a nice vaulted coffee table causing anything but regret.

That said, I do remember seeing a thread where the guy had made a custom coffee table with a mechanism that raised the entire play surface to comfortable couch level.
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This person made a table that functions as both. Maybe it can help inspire you:

My coffee-gaming-table. Or coffee-table for gaming. With pictures

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