10 Creative Ideas for Coffee Tables

Coffee tables are a staple in most living rooms. They are a perfect opportunity to make a creative splash in a space that gets a lot of traffic. From multipurpose furniture to building your own coffee table, there are tons of inspiring ideas out there to give your living room some extra character. It’s key that a coffee table be functional in ways such as offering a place for you to put beverages and decorative accents, rest your feet after a long day, and even offer some extra storage if possible. These following ideas offer all of these components plus a unique aesthetic that will make your coffee table not just a place around which to have conversation, but a piece to have conversation about.

Creative Coffee Tables

1 Wooden blocks bring some natural, rustic flair to this contemporary living room and can double as seating for extra guests.

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Apartment Therapy

2 You may have seen lighting on top of a coffee table, but what about under it? Illumination from inside shows off the metal detail and creates an interesting accent.

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Real Simple

3 Poufs add some softness and sheen to the glass coffee table while underneath it and offer extra seating outside of it. You could even use the poufs without the table and place a long tray over them for a functional surface.

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Style Me Pretty
Photographer: Josh Gruetzmacher

4 Three stools serve as a unique coffee table unit in this living room, working well as three small tables or even extra seating.

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House Beautiful

5 Five wooden blocks in varying shapes and sizes create a very unique coffee table that looks almost like its own art installation while remaining totally functional.

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Commute Home

6 Trunks are perhaps one of the more popular alternatives for a coffee table because they bring a lot of character and extra storage potential. This living room features a trunk and a suitcase to double the fun.

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Better Homes & Gardens

7 Who said coffee tables couldn’t be whimsical? This vintage wicker elephant table adds a lot of character to a coastal living space.

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Lonny

8 Make your coffee table totally kid friendly by painting the top with chalkboard paint. Kids can draw as much as they want, do their homework on it, or keep score during family game night.

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DIY Ideas

9 This built-in outdoor coffee table looks great and serves multiple functions. You can store away outdoor goods in one side and fill the other with ice to keep beverages cool, or even use it as a fire pit. A wooden panel sits nicely over one side to use as a table.

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Better Homes & Gardens

10Here’s another trunk that makes a great coffee table based on its style, size, and excellent storage opportunity. A piece of glass evens out the surface for better functionality.

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The Every Girl

Would you use any of these unique coffee tables in your own home?

Peggy
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Comments

  1. 1

    Veronica says

    These are all great alternatives to a traditional coffee table. I actually prefer that look myself. Thanks for sharing

  2. 3

    says

    Such great coffee tables! The elephant one is classic and I could of really used the kid friendly coffee table when my kids were small :)

  3. 5

    says

    I would use all of them except 7&8. #7 looks like it should be a side table, and #8 would drive me nuts unless it was in a playroom.

    I actually posted #5 on FB! I think it’s unique and full of rustic texture. I think coffee tables present such a great opportunity for creativity. Almost anything goes :).

    • 6

      Peggy Pardo says

      You’re so right, Doreen. Coffee tables offer a great opportunity to add something special to a room. :)

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