Most Interesting Things to Keep on Your Coffee Table as a Student

By Danielle Wirsansky on December 31, 2016

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There is a triad of the main aspects of a college student’s life: getting good grades, getting enough sleep, and having a social life. And as the meme says, you can only pick two. It can be hard to find a good balance between the three and lead the fulfilling life that you want, and should, lead.

So when you socialize, you want to make the most of the time available to you. Maybe you want to hang out with friends, you have a date, or your family is in town for a visit. Where is one easy location that you can socialize in? Your own apartment, of course!

But when you have someone over, you cannot wait on them hand and foot, continuously regaling them with interesting tidbits and stories. What if you need to leave the room, to stir a pot, make coffee, or use the restroom? Leave your guests something with which to be entertained by leaving interesting things for them to interact with on your coffee table!

Read on to learn some of the best options for you as a student.


One of the nicest things you can do to make your apartment seem warmer, cleaner, lighter, and a whole host of other things, is to keep flowers around! They just brighten up every space. They are beautiful to look at, to examine, and even to smell on occasion. There are so many different varieties of flowers as well so you can pick and choose what appeals to you (or what falls in your price range).

You also have the choice of using real flowers or fake ones. Having real flowers is pretty low maintenance except that when the flowers die, you either need to throw them out or replace them. You also need to remember to water them every once in a while. This can be pricey, so instead of getting cut flowers you can always buy a flowering plant that can live comfortably on your coffee table. That way you only pay for the flowers once but you reap the rewards all year round. This does take more effort to maintain, though.

If having live flowers at all just will not do it for you but you are still intrigued, then you can buy fake flowers. There are different levels of detail on your flowers depending on price, so you can go for the quick and simple flowers from the dollar store or you can get high-quality recreations of flowers that will make guests have to touch them in order to discern if they are real or if they are fake.

The only care these flowers will need is to be dusted off every once in a while and moved from direct sunlight, because instead of growing, the light will only cause their color and vibrancy to fade. If you are getting high-quality fake flowers, you will want them to last as long as they possibly can.

Interesting Textbooks

Coffee table books are a real thing — ever heard of them? They are books on topics that are vaguely relatable but that most don’t know much about. They usually have little text and lots of beautiful photographs to draw you in and make you feel like you are learning something, growing more and more cultured as you sit on a couch in someone’s living room, thumbing through a book.

Coffee table books can be expensive, though, so why not use something you already have like a book from a class that was particularly interesting? That is not to suggest that you should just plunk your math textbook out on the coffee table and call it a day. But perhaps you have a book from a class on religion or theater appreciation or of short stories. Any of these books could give someone looking for something to peruse an eyeful and capture their attention.

This way you kill two birds with one stone by finding a new use for a book you might have found interesting but had no further use for. Selling your textbooks back to the campus bookstore (where you are generally underpaid for your returned books) might not be worth the trouble — let your guests get some insight into you and your interests instead.


Take a trip down memory lane and provide a slinky for your guests to play with and to adorn your coffee table. Aside from the nostalgia factor, your guests will be enthralled by its mesmerizing quality. Once they pick it up, they might never put it down for the rest of the night. So perhaps only put out the slinky in the case of an emergency?

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Danielle Wirsansky graduated from FSU with a BA in Theatre and a BA in Creative Writing with a minor in History. She is a second year graduate student in FSU's History department where she serves as the Communications Officer for the History Graduate Student Association and President of White Mouse Theatre Productions. She studied abroad in London, England for the Spring 2015 semester at FSU's study center for the Playwriting Program and interned for the English National Theatre of Israel in Summer of 2015. Her first musical, City of Light, opened as part of FSU's New Horizons Festival in Spring of 2016. She has also won the MRCE and URCAA Research grants from FSU. In the past, she served as the Marketing Director for the FSU Student Theatre Association, the intern for the Holocaust Education Resource Council, and the research assistant of Prof. Nathan Stoltzfus. She has previously written for Context Florida (Contributing Writer), USA Today College (Contributing Writer), Sheroes of History (Contributing Blogger), No(le)Reservations (Contributing Blogger), Female, Reloaded (Arts/Entertainment Editor) , I Want a Buzz Magazine (intern), Mandarin Newsline (youth arts update columnist), Distink Designs (Guest blogger), (associate editor), (associate editor), Spark TLH (Contributor), the Tallahassee Democrat (contributor), Elan Literary Magazine (Head of Marketing), and the Improviser Newspaper (Opinions Editor).

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