When you think about it, the idea of a table is really very simple. It's a platform that you put things on. The only true requirement of a table is that it be a level surface that's elevated at least a little ways off the floor. You can make a table out of practically anything — which is exactly what these creative folks did.
Above, a large drum makes for a quirky coffee table in this interior from Chatelaine. (The glass top, I imagine, keeps the table from being noisier than you'd like.)
Here's a similar idea using a more modern drum to form a petite side table. It was made by Rock Terrace, a company in Wales that makes furniture, clocks and lights from old drums.
Speaking of musical things... this little side table, made from a plant stand and a record, looks super easy to re-create — although I wouldn't recommend putting anything too heavy on it. This version was made by April of the blog The Flourishing Abode and she shares a tutorial here.
Did you know you could make a table out of a turbine? That's what Maggie and Jose did for their Oakland home. It's more than able to stand up to the elements on their patio, and has a pleasingly rustic, almost sculptural quality.
Usually magazines go on top of a coffee table, but this table from Design*Sponge is made out of magazines — perhaps a good option for the sort of person who can't bear to get rid of old issues, but is realistic enough to admit they will never, ever read them.
This table from Poligom is made from a vintage two-seater school desk, with a new custom-made base that brings it to coffee table height.
An old sewing machine table, sans sewing machine, makes a great, well, table. This one is in actress Constance Zimmer's home toured by MyDomaine.
This table pairs a sewing machine table base with a glass top, for a traditional-meets-modern look. Spotted on Hus & Hem.
This quirky outdoor table is made from six vintage tennis rackets. Get the DIY at Sweet Pea.
Can a stack of suitcases be a table? Well, why not? You can store things in them too, a definite bonus in small spaces. The editors of Livet Hemma, who featured this interior make a good point about old suitcases: "the leather just gets more beautiful with age and wear resistant for an eternity."
If your living room is big enough, you could try making a table from a door. This dramatic one, in an interior from Paulina Arcklin, appears to include the frame as well.