One could argue that 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, dress it up by season, the list goes on and on. But it's not always the most show stopping piece of décor. So why not show some creativity with this furniture staple?
If you don't want a traditional coffee table, try thinking out of the box. While the following ideas below do take a bit of elbow grease to create (think sanding and repainting), if you're the DIY-type, these unique coffee table ideas may be exactly what you're looking for. Like truffle mac and cheese instead of plain noodles, these options, which we've curated from around the web (including from some very crafty home décor bloggers) are so much more interesting.
Here are some of our 20 favorite coffee table ideas that actually aren't traditional tables at all.
Have you come across an amazing vintage architectural detail in an antique store that you just don't know what to do with? Get crafty and place a simple glass or marble tabletop atop the piece, et voilà, your coffee table is set. Better yet, no one will have the same coffee table as you.
A large marching band drum and a round coffee table may have similar dimensions, but one is far more interesting than the other. And since a large vintage drum isn't necessarily something you can swing over to your nearest Target and pick up, keep your eye out at garage sales and thrift stores, or online vintage retailers like Chairish, One Kings Lane, or maybe get lucky at Overstock.com or Wayfair.
Use a simple piece of round glass to make a drum just as functional as a standard table.
We typically reserve baskets in all shapes and sizes for storage, but a vintage wire basket can also serve as the perfect coffee table. Just the right size to hold a book and a cup of coffee, a wire basket may be all the coffee table you need. Or if you need more surface area, group a few together.
Not only does a trunk add structure and style to your living room, 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. Pay a visit to your nearest consignment shop, thrift store, or antique store to discover a vintage trunk, or shop contemporary brick and mortar and online retailers like World Market, Joss & Main, and 1stdibs for ideas.
Blogger Twelve On Main converts several tree stumps into an intriguing living room centerpiece. "If you live in an area where you cannot readily get access to tree stumps or firewood, try some lumber yards, possibly furniture manufacturers, upcycle and salvage yards," she recommends.
A vintage door gets a new lease on life as a rustic coffee table. In the coffee table created by Etsy maker CharismaGift, we love that the original knobs and lock were kept in place, and that the table's legs were fashioned out of vintage staircase balusters. What's old is new again with a little paint scraping and carpentry skills.
A chicken coop goes chic with this DIY-coffee table project by blogger Debbie Westbrooks of Refresh Restyle. Westbrooks fashioned the chicken coop (a thrift shop find, by the way) so that the top slides open for easy access to stored items like books and magazines. And as Westbrooks explains in her blog post, "It’s amazing what you can transform and add your unique personality to while staying within your budget."
Blogger Marty's Musings reglazed and cleaned the glass of a window to reimagine it into a charming coffee table. The top also opens via an old cabinet handle she had on hand, allowing for storage space, and yet another clever coffee table idea.
2X4 Coffee Table
Juxtaposed 2X4 planks are refashioned with hairpin legs in this sturdy and polished coffee table by A Beautiful Mess.
When you've got your unique coffee table set up at home, it's time to show it off! For example:
- Host a cocktail hour where attendees swap DIY-tips
- Or forgo DIY-project talk and opt for other conversation starters (that aren't about the weather), such as chatting about destinations at the top of your travel bucket list, anecdotes of the best surprise you ever received, or which wellness trends you've recently tried (Smudging? CBD? Forest bathing, perhaps?)
- Use the opportunity to experiment with new tablescapes as an excuse to host a dinner party using found objects, or seasonal accouterments, for example