8 Surprising Coffee Table Alternatives
One could argue the coffee table is the most important piece of furniture in your home: You can eat dinner on it, paint your nails on it, store your latest reads on it, the list goes on and on. So why not show some creativity with this furniture staple? Forgo a boring old square table for an exciting alternative. Like truffle mac and cheese instead of plain noodles, you’re going to enjoy these options so much more.
A stack of books or magazines provides just the right amount of support for a coffee table. Place a slab of wood, old door, or simple tabletop atop the stack and voilà, your coffee table is set. Just be sure you use books you’ve already read, otherwise you may find yourself in a Jenga situation.
A large marching band drum and a round coffee table may have similar dimensions, but one is far more interesting than the other. A simple piece of round glass makes the drum just as functional as a standard table.
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Besides being eclectically glamorous, a Moroccan tray table is multifunctional. Take the top tray to the kitchen to fill up with teatime essentials and then carry it right back to its stand. You’ll never wish for a stationary coffee table again.
If you’re prone to kicking your feet up on the coffee table, why not make the ritual more comfortable by replacing your coffee table with an ottoman? A tray on the cushy ottoman will keep your essentials corralled and your drinks steady.
When the look of a behemoth coffee table is too heavy, consider grouping side tables together instead. The collection will make for a lighter coffee table solution.
Ceramic garden stools aren’t only for the outdoors. Just the right size to hold a book and a cup of coffee, a single garden stool may be all the coffee table you need. Or if you need more space, group a few together.
Not only does a trunk add structure and style to your living room, but it will also increase your storage options. If just one trunk isn’t enough to store all of your blankets and children’s toys, try placing two next to one another.