Top Ten: Best Coffee Tables

Top Ten: Best Coffee Tables

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Carrie McBride
Sep 5, 2016
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Coffee tables don't often drive the design of a room, but they can be a statement piece instead of an afterthought. Equally important as the style you choose, the shape and proportion of your coffee table will make sure it's a functional team player in your living or sitting room. Here are 10 standouts to help start your search.

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This sleek table offers a surprising amount of storage. An open shelf lets you store magazines and books where they can be seen, while closed-door compartments on either end hide remotes and cables.


Giant hairpin legs add drama to this modern coffee table's plain wooden top.


Acrylic furniture is a stylish choice, especially in a small space where you're looking to lighten the visual load.


At nearly $230, the Stockholm Coffee Table from IKEA is on the high end of the Swedish behemoth's table collection in terms of price point, but it offers a upscale look for a relatively modest price. A shelf for storage is a bonus.


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The Slim Cocktail Table (also available in a round version) is notable because it brings some color to the party—your choice of 10 colors.


A reclaimed teak wood top warms up the black powder-coated steel base of this industrial-inspired piece.


The Origami Coffee Table is a good choice for a small room at a slight 28" diameter (though two side-by-side would be a good flexible option for a larger room). The legs evoke both the traditional origami art form and the geometric shape that's so in vogue these days.


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Warm walnut legs paired with a durable powder-coated steel top is a winning combo. This versatile piece works in modern, industrial-inspired or more traditional decor spaces.


The Eames Molded Plywood Coffee Table is perhaps interior design's second most famous coffee table (the first is up next!). Using the same technology as their iconic molded plywood chairs, this understated classic is a piece of design history.


In design terms, the Noguchi Table sets the gold standard for coffee tables. Designed by sculptor Isamu Noguchi in 1939 as a commission from the president of MoMA, it's been a furniture icon for six decades and is now a part of MoMA's collection.


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