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.Why, as a nation, is putting our collective feet on the coffee tables
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?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).Argument #1: It’s gross.
Wait, what? Feet are gross, or putting them on a coffee table is gross? Either way, this is anti-foot and flatly discriminatory.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 appears
so. The fact is that both food and/or drink likely originated in the kitchen, where pretty much everything in sight is far dirtier than the average foot
.Case closed.Argument #2: It’ll scuff the table.
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 polish
the coffee table than anything else.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.Done and done.Argument #3: It’s an expensive piece of furniture.
Well, it doesn’t have to be
, 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?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.Common decency and cushy coffee tables can most assuredly coexist.Argument #4: It’s rude, uncouth and disruptive.
What rubbish! It’s rude not to ask
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.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.