In Search of the Perfect Family Coffee Table

If you've ever shopped for a perfect coffee table for a family with kids, you know how difficult this can be. Our coffee table incarnations have evolved from none to soft pouf to kids' table, and now we've settled on a glass table because it's so easy to wipe down. And yet, even though my kids are getting older, it's still a hazard. So what is the perfect solution? I've rounded up a few potential candidates, but would love to hear your thoughts.

Whether your baby is just pulling up, cruising, or already running around like a banshee, this post's for you.

1. Slim Round Cocktail Table from Room and Board, $229. The look of this one appeals to me a lot, and it comes in an array of vivid colors. It's round, and easy to clean. But does powder coated steel still wield the ability to chip a tooth?

2. Round Coffee Play Table, Land of Nod, $499. Okay, this one was specifically designed with this problem in mind. I love the round edges, and that it doubles as toy storage. Its five star reviews indicate people are happy.

3. Trio of Herman Miller Wire Base Tables, available at Design Within Reach for $294 each. I actually love this idea. These tables are a timeless classic, and bring in color without going romper room. They function as side tables or kids' tables, and hopefully the magic eraser will do its job when a crayon goes astray.

4. Offi Embrace Media Storage Tables, Mini Jake, $279. This contraption is pretty smart. The table comes apart and works as a desk for little ones, or as separate side tables. Opt for the walnut if you're worried about marks.

5. Square Hinged Storage Bench/Ottoman, Overstock, $141. Not a fan of the look of these, but boy, are they indestructible. It wipes down, has soft edges, and lots of storage inside. Put a tray or a tapestry over it if you don't love the aesthetic.

Other tables considered for this post: a mid-century round wooden table, ruled out because wood damages easily with pen or water marks; the Duc Duc Parker play table which, other than its 90 degree corners, we love; and a fabric ottoman, which might stain too easily.

What coffee table solution have you found for your family? Or did you just decide to get rid of it all together?

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