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Centre of Attention: Coffee Table Ideas for Every Space.

Coffee Table Ideas: We’ve Got ‘Em.

Narrowing down your coffee table ideas can be tough. The coffee table is the community centre of your living room. It’s where the action happens, where things assemble: books, magazines, sweating cocktail glasses on coasters, plates of appetizers, bowls of popcorn, and (duh) late night bags of chips. Guests will sit around your coffee table even if that means sitting on the floor. With all that responsibility, how do you pick the right piece?

First, ask yourself a few questions. Do you need a conversation piece, or a sturdy workhorse? Is the room’s vibe classic, modern, or somewhere in between? By choosing materials and pieces that are functional, and that reflect your sense of personal style. With that in mind, we’ve picked some coffee table ideas help you find the one that suits your needs, your space, and your style.

The Small Space.

The ideal coffee table for a small space is versatile and efficient, combining a minimal footprint with maximum tabletop space.

A set of nesting tables, such as the Taiga nesting table, is a good solution. They’re there for when you need a place to put your laptop and your ramen noodles without disrupting your main display. If you’re hosting a party, having an extra table or two makes it easy to share snacks and create small gathering areas around which your guests can congregate.

The August Diaries Jill Lansky loves the versatility of the Taiga nesting coffee table.

The August Diaries’ Jill Lansky loves the versatility of the Taiga nesting coffee table.

The Trei is another versatile option for a small space. Its raised rim allows it to double as both a coffee table and a serving tray, making it the perfect place to rest anything from a vase of flowers to a charcuterie platter.

The Minimalist.

Clean, airy lines are key for a space that feels light and easy. These coffee table ideas focus on architecture and texture: think sharp lines, glossy finishes, and interesting character. The Mara table, for example, features marble’s classic texture in an accessible, modern style.

Esther Lee of This Wild Heart styles her Mara with a few sprigs of eucalyptus and a Sven Charme Tan.

Esther Lee of This Wild Heart styles her Mara table with a few sprigs of eucalyptus and a Sven Charme Tan.

Mirrored or glass-topped coffee tables can help a smaller minimalists’ space feel open and light. Try the Clarus: the glass top keeps your space tidy, is easy to clean, and shows off a bold, attention-grabbing geometric base.

For a sexy piece that offers additional space without sacrificing that minimalist aesthetic, check out the Vitri. This mid-century show-stopper includes a Walnut shelf beneath its glass top, giving you ample room to display your favorite living room decorations.

Show Me Glamor.

If you like attention, just admit it. A bold piece can elevate an otherwise simple decor into something greater than the sum of its parts. It’s also very fun.

Gwen, the Makerista, styles her Tablet in her gorgeous, eccentric living room.

Gwen, the Makerista, styles her Tablet in her gorgeous, eccentric living room.

The Tablet coffee table brings a little Victorian oomph to our selection of coffee table ideas. Its tufted leather surface doubles as an ottoman: put your feet up, or take an elaborate teatime. Available in a larger square size, or a smaller rectangular version, the Tablet compliments many different styles of home. If that is too much drama for you, the Vena collection has a low-key shape with a glamorous marble topper — and also comes in both a square and rectangular shape.

Feeling Bookish?

Books communicate a lot about a person, so the table you choose to stack your collection on is a style choice as much as a functional one. Here’s a coffee table idea that can both display and conceal: show off your style, but hide your unread magazines.

Gettin' it done. When you need to get through some work, but want to do it from the living room couch, Article's selection of coffee tables can help.

When you need to get through some work, but want to do it from the living room couch, Article’s selection of coffee tables can help. Image credit to Lisa Dieder.

The Bios coffee table provides plenty of room as well as a display shelf and drawer to help you organize. This is a great choice for large and small apartments alike: it’s the right size to tie together a more spread-out room but can also work in compact spaces. If your coffee table moonlights as a dinner table, you’ll also appreciate its easy-to-clean lacquered top.

Or try the Maggi, whose mid-century-inspired frame is complemented by a warm American black walnut top. For a little extra room there’s a suspended shelf of that’s a perfect spot for books and magazines, as well as coasters, matchbooks, your laptop, your cat, whatever.

The Naturalist.

Is your living room big on earthy, natural colors and textures? Or have you swung mainly towards sleek, minimalist pieces? In either case, a coffee table made from richly textured wood or marble will likely complement your space and color scheme. It’ll work well with your jute rugs, bamboo blinds, linen curtains, and wicker, but it’ll also make a great contrast against more polished textures.

The Urba coffee table is a winning mix of natural texture and modern aesthetic. This piece’s refined form — think Zen garden poolside — keeps it casual with low maintenance Acacia wood. If you have a patio space, it’s also designed to weather the outdoors.

We love the indoor/outdoor space that Jenna Sue has built for her screened porch oasis. The Urba balances the contemporary and natural elements.

We love the indoor/outdoor space that Jenna Sue has built for her screened porch oasis. The Urba table balances the contemporary and natural elements.

For some more coffee table ideas, the Amoeba series is a great choice. The table comes in circular and irregular shapes, and the American black walnut works with a huge range of color schemes.

Need some more help with coffee table ideas? Give the Article blog a browse. Whether it’s figuring out how to match tabletops with textiles, how to get the most out of small spaces, or digging deep into the principles of mid-century design, there’s lots on the blog to help you narrow down what table is right for you.

Psst. Like our header image? Emily Henderson styled her Timpani Ottoman as a coffee table! Nice.

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