When renovating a home, moving into a new one, or just looking to spruce up a room – I find the details are often what makes all the difference. Yes, of course the large pieces are very important, but in order to make the room your own, the little things need to be chosen very carefully.
However, when it comes to the little things – I’ve realised there is no reasonable way to write a guide about them. No matter what I say, I’ll never be able to guess exactly what your room is like, or what kind of element you are looking for.
So, since I have conceded the fact that I won’t actually recommend (or at least the chances might be lower) a coffee table you will like, take this list as an inspiration – take a look at the coffee tables I’ve listed, and see in which direction you want to go in.
Notes on choosing a coffee table
While this choice will ultimately come down to personal preference, there are some things to keep in mind when browsing for coffee tables:
Size: getting the size right in reference to your sofa and armchairs is sometimes a bit of a challenge. Ideally, you want it to be at least one-half the length of the sofa itself, but not longer than the sofa. This is a nice ratio to aim for. As for the height, you want it about even with the height of the sofa, give or take.
Shape: this really is all about your own style and personal preference. Most coffee tables are round or rectangular, but you can also find oddly shaped ones (map of Westeros, anyone?).
Material: again, up to you and the materials you have already used in the space. Some of the more popular ones include wood, marble, brass, iron and glass, and you can go for any combination of these.
Best coffee tables to look at in 2021
Here then are some coffee table ideas. I tried to provide some variety, and hopefully, one of these will strike your fancy, or at least inspire you to delve down a certain avenue.
Let’s start this off with a classic wood + iron round coffee table.
This piece is a very safe and easy choice – large enough to play board games on, large enough for a larger party to have cocktails or snacks on, and very easy to fit into most living room designs.
It’s also a bit heavier, so you won’t easily knock it over and cause a bit of a rug disaster.
Vintage, timeless and an excellent choice in a neutral living room.
Sticking to wood for a moment here, this is another warm wood option, but this time in a rectangular shape and with a handy drawer and an open bottom shelf.
This is also a very classic and vintage coffee table, but with its added storage space, it might be a nicer option for families looking to have a stash of toys readily available.
It’s large, but not too big, and its oak frame makes it sturdy and durable, so it should comfortably last you decades.
If having a drawer in your coffee table appeals to you, and if you are also looking for something rustic, this one might be a good choice.
It’s a bit smaller, and has that old world feel (I am also thinking of pirates while looking at it, not sure why), and will be a nice addition to classic neutral living rooms.
It might not be able to tolerate a large house party though, so if you entertain a lot, you might want something bigger.
Speaking of pirates, here is another vintage wood + iron combination, that has more of that Spanish hacienda feel to it.
The metal frame and wood tabletop are very standard, you get an open bottom shelf you can use for storage, and the actual tabletop is large enough to work on with a laptop and cup of coffee.
If you are one of those people who likes to switch working spaces during the day, and don’t mind nestling on the floor for a bit, this one might be a very good choice.
Here is another very sturdy and solid coffee table option, however, with more modern lines.
This one also has an open shelf you can use to store magazines, books or any other gizmos and gadgets you need on a regular basis (our coffee table shelf features a box of tissues, my tablet, Tom’s tablet, a box of matches and a set of Band Aids).
It comes in 12 colours, so you will likely be able to match it to your living room’s aesthetics.
Bear in mind that this one is slightly larger, so definitely not a good fit for tiny spaces.
Sticking to the wood + iron industrial theme, I simply had to mention this coffee table. Well, it’s actually two coffee tables. Technically, they are side tables, but you can use them any way you want.
This set of stackable coffee tables comes with a wooden top and black metal legs, one slightly taller than the other. They are rather on the smaller side so will definitely not hold too much, but if you just need a place for a glass and a mug, or maybe just a space to light some candles, this might be a nice choice.
While the legs are pretty stable, you still might want to be a bit careful around this one, as you don’t want coffee or candles flying all over the room.
- Dimensions: 110 x 41 x 36 centimetres without feet, or 110 x 41 x 47 centimetres with feet
- Material: wood
- Colour: walnut
If you are on the other hand not a fan of industrial or rustic and are looking for something more modern to place in your living room, you might want to check this coffee table out.
Still made of wood, with a high gloss finish, you can use this one as a TV stand, or you can use it as a coffee table. The bottom is ideal for storing remotes and books, and the top is just large enough for a cosy afternoon with coffee and friends.
This one is definitely more suited to contemporary living rooms, and will not work in something a bit more vintage.
8 – Inwellhome Modern Tempered Glass Coffee Table
Another very modern coffee table is this tempered glass piece, made from a single piece of glass. It’s durable, very clean and elegant, and will be a great addition to any modern home.
It has chrome feet, so it won’t skid on your floors and won’t scratch them either. They might leave tiny tents in your carpet though, especially if you pile something heavy on it.
While glass coffee tables are certainly not unsafe, I would still err on the side of caution and not get this one if you have young kids around.
If you like the shape and feel of the previous model, but would like to go for a material other than glass, here is this Goldfan model with a high gloss finish. It comes in three colours (white, brown and grey), so you will probably be able to match it to your living room easily.
It also has a glass shelf on the bottom, so you can again have a bit of storage available as well, and it’s large enough to meet your usual living room + beverage and a bowl of food needs.
If you are looking for something even more modern, see how you feel about this one.
It’s a white coffee table with a white or black glass top. It has two drawers where you can store everything you can think of you might need. But you also have that bit of shelf space at the bottom, in case you feel you need that too.
Easy to maintain due to the high gloss finish, this one is a nice addition to contemporary spaces. If you like the white of course.
Sticking to the colour white (although this one also comes in black, wood and grey), here is this very interesting coffee table.
When its top is closed, it will look like a regular coffee table, complete with a shelf for storage. However, the lid can also obviously be lifted, and it will reveal some extra storage space in the table, plus you can use the now raised lid to, for example, place your laptop on. Or you can raise it to accommodate extra dip and salsa bowls.
This is certainly more of a multifunctional model with extra storage, so if that’s what you are looking for, this one might be worth checking out.
12 – Deuba Coffee Table
If you like the multifunctional idea of a coffee table, here is another one for you to consider. This one we actually own as well, Tom has one in his office.
It has three tiers, the top two of which can be rotated out to give you more space. It has a high gloss finish, and it comes in white and black (ours is black). It’s easy to maintain, and since you can rotate each tier as much or as little as you want, it really does provide tons of options.
Very modern, yet minimalist at the same time, this one will work nicely in a lot of spaces.
- Dimensions: 65 x 125 x 45 centimetres
- Material: glass
- Colour: black, black with red glass, black and white, purple, red or white
Here is a very futuristic option for you. This model also comes in different colours (including a very statement red), and it has a bit of that intergalactic feel. Very much reminiscent of The Jetsons.
It has practically no storage space, but the tabletop itself is large enough to be able to accommodate your most basic needs.
This one is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea – and I will completely understand if you don’t particularly like it.
I’ve seen a lot of these S shaped coffee tables, so I thought I’d include a couple on this list as well.
It’s high gloss white, and it comes with two steel tubes that hold it up. What makes it stand out though is the LED light feature, which will definitely turn it into something more futuristic and modern. It does require batteries for the LED light, so bear that in mind.
Since you can’t actually change the colour of the LED light, and it will remain blue, this one might not be your cup of tea either.
- Dimensions: 44 x 38 x 75 centimetres or 44 x 38 x 52 centimetres
- Material: MDF wood + stainless steel + glass
- Colour: white, grey or brown
Here is another S shape for your viewing pleasure, this time without the LED lights, and a tiny bit more tuned down. It comes in grey, brown and white, so it should fit nicely into your space.
It has the same high gloss finish, and the two steel tubes that hold the table up. It will also be easy to clean, but since it’s not all that big, you might want to consider this one more of a décor item, and not so much a useful and very functional coffee table.
There are two sizes to choose from, so you should be able to find one that fits just right – though bare in mind they only differ in height.
16 – Sobro Coffee Table
Finally, I have to include this one, because it is the ultimate futuristic and sci-fi coffee table.
The Sobro comes in black, white and brown, but that is where all its similarities with all the other coffee tables we have mentioned so far end.
It has a built-in refrigerator drawer that can cool your drinks, Bluetooth speakers for that quality sound, LED under-lights that you can set to match your mood, 2 USB ports, 4 outlets, 2 drawers for storage, and a touch control panel that will let you set the temperature in the fridge, the time, the volume, and of course, let you control the LED colour.
If you are looking for a really smart coffee table, this one might be an investment, but it is certainly like nothing else you can find on the market.
To sum it all up
This is the part where I should give some sound advice as to which coffee table would work well for your needs.
However, I have no advice here – coffee tables are just so personal, I couldn’t possibly tell you what to buy.
What I can tell you is that all of the ones I mention cater to a certain aesthetic and design, and I sincerely hope you will find at least some inspiration for your future coffee table purchase.