In the history of furniture, coffee tables are relatively recent developments. The modern version that we use today came into fashion when living rooms transformed into TV-centered spaces. Most people use the coffee (or cocktail) table in more than one way — as a surface for remote controls, magazines, TV dinners, and/or a place to prop their feet up. Here are 10 designs that acknowledge the coffee table's inherent versatility and make the most of it.
- IKEA: They have quite a few shelves and media cabinets that can double as coffee tables, like the $70 Besta Shelf shown above.
- Horne: This high-end design shop stocks the $3,700 Aerialist Plane Table. Designed by Objeti (winners of the ICFF 2010 New Designer Award), the table has four flat panels that flip, click, and lock into cushioned seats.
- CB2: Their $300 Slot Coffee Table has a bright yellow sliding panel designed to conceal remote controls.
- Room & Board: A classic multi-purpose piece, the Nelson Bench ($729) works at the foot of the bed, in an entryway, or in front of the sofa.
- Offi: Their bent plywood Scando Table ($500) has a curved end that cradles magazines.
- Bo Concept: This Danish company carries a few coffee tables with storage compartments and lift-top panels that raise to dining table height. Shown above: Functional Coffee Table, $750.
- Hayneedle: For a less expensive version of a lift-top table, check online aggregator site Hayneedle, where we found a Turner Lift Top Coffee Table for $150.
- Ligne Roset: Their Crescendo Coffee Table ($1,650) is an often-knocked-off adjustable height model that transforms from cocktail table into dining surface.
- Crate and Barrel: Their Stow Leather Storage Ottomans are reasonably priced at $150 each. Group two together to form a coffee table that doubles as seating and storage.
- Ruby Lane: A classic high-status symbol, the Louis Vuitton Steamer Trunk (shown above) doubles as living room storage. A vintage version at Ruby Lane sells for $28,500.
Photos: As linked above except for #10 via HGTV