Few pieces of furniture define the living room quite like a coffee table. Yes, a sofa and at least one lounger are essential, too, but a good table grounds the space like no other. A coffee table is the nucleus of any useful living area—it's at the nexus of function and fashion, where one can freely kick back, relax, and rest a laptop, or a glass or two. But if you're a small-apartment dweller who's burdened with a pint-sized living area—or your home just doesn't have the bandwidth for a huge coffee table—sometimes, a large statement-maker just isn't in the cards.
So, lest you think you must settle for a less-than-attractive coffee table to maximize your tiny space, we have news for you: We've uncovered 20 small round coffee tables that are smaller in scale (all measure less than 30 inches in diameter) but big on style—no matter your design style, budget, or layout.
This minimalist, super-durable 24-inch coffee table is made by MASHstudios, a company that typically creates custom office furniture for Silicon Valley giants like Uber and Google. It's inspired by today's modern farmhouse style and is composed of solid ash.
Anchor your cramped space with this tiny 24-inch number. Powder-coated iron legs and a light-wood tabletop lacquered in glossy nitrocellulose make this coffee table a lasting, midcentury-inspired gem.
Whether you opt to use it inside or out (it's built for both applications), this 24-inch powder-coated aluminum table has adjustable feet that ensure it remains on solid ground.
Designed by the Copenhagen-based architect, Theresa Rand, this 26-inch white oak coffee table is gorgeously understated, and features a slide-away top, revealing an inner storage compartment in which to stow remotes, magazines, and anything else you'd like to tuck out of sight.
While a tad pricey, we understand why: Its 24-inch round tabletop is upholstered in ultra-rich, cognac leather and it features a luxe-looking, gold-tone metal base. This drum-style coffee table would work super-well in traditional spaces, too.
Designed in collaboration with the Danish design company Hay, its 20-inch powder-coated steel tabletop can be removed to function as a tray. Its lineage, along with its solid-birch legs, make this one a real steal—and a boon for even the tiniest of spaces.
The Golden Girl
Target's Project 62 line celebrates 1962, the year midcentury modern design became ubiquitous (and also the year Target was born). This 26-inch hammered-metal barrel-style table features an antiqued-brass finish. And if space allows, you can even double-up due to its reasonable price tag.
Stone "confetti" is set into its 22-inch resin tabletop, creating a simulated-version of terrazzo that won't break the bank like real marble- or quartz-chip versions. Skinny, black iron legs give this small coffee table a 1950s vibe.
The inner nacre of oyster and abalone shells is what gives mother-of-pearl its natural iridescence. The lustrousness of this 29-inch barrel-style table adds just enough excitement to an otherwise staid coastal interior.
Bold and Blue
British designer Aaron Probyn created this 28-inch industrial-style coffee table; we think it's destined to become a classic. Two perforated metal sheets ingeniously entrap its tabletop and lower shelf—and blue powder-coated steel makes a bold statement indeed.
Treat yourself: This flashy Vladimir Kagan-inspired 28-inch table seemingly floats in midair, but it's actually supported by three acrylic panels notched into a gorgeously-grained burl-wood tabletop.
From the duo that brought you the iconic Beetle Chair, architects Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi (GamFratesi) once again marry their signature "Danish simplicity" with "Italian intellectualism" to create this diminutive 22-inch round tray table. Both its removable spun-steel top and tubular steel base are powder coated with orange, making it bold choice to zhuzh up any living area.
Its dark, dramatic, 26-inch silhouette is topped with triangular pieces of wood laid in a radial, starburst pattern. Two circles of brass-tone metal bind it all together.
This budget-friendly set of two 25- and 18-inch solid-bamboo nesting tables is the perfect antidote to a small, multi-use living room. Tuck one slightly under the other, split them up (use one as a lamp or end table), or situate both side-by-side for greater surface area.
Hand-carved in India of eco-friendly mango wood (with a burned-on beeswax finish), this 28-inch tribal-style table features diamond-shaped holes and slightly protruding rosettes. It's a warm, sculptural addition to a modern bohemian interior.
Sleek and Modern
A white-marble disc (with subtle gray veining) forms the top of this sleek, 24-inch coffee table; it's sunken within a matte-black circular metal base.
Its glass top and woven-rattan hourglass-shaped base make this 24-inch round coffee table easy, breezy, and perfect for a Jungalow-style setup.
Pretty In Pink
Glam meets rustic: This one-of-a-kind 28-inch tabletop is a cross-sectioned piece of timber, painted pink (with flecks of gold metallic paint), with a uniquely tree-shaped brass knot filling. Three black metal legs ensure its stability.
A Concrete Choice
Dress it up or dress it down. No matter: This substantial 28-inch round molded-concrete coffee table weighs roughly 106 pounds and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor uses. (Little-known fact: Thomas Edison was an early proponent of filling whole homes with affordable concrete furniture that looked a lot like this table.)
At 28 inches round, this edgy stainless-steel coffee table features a brushed gold finish and a deep tray top with interestingly intersecting legs on three flexible casters.