The 10 Best Coffee Table Ottomans That Pull Double-Duty

updated Feb 22, 2024
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Here’s the thing: Sometimes, the most practical furniture picks aren’t the most comfortable. Take coffee tables, for example. Sure, hard-edged coffee tables — often made of metal, wood, or stone — are the ideal spot to set down your evening cocktail or dinner, but they’re not the best place to throw up your legs at the end of a long day. On the flip side, placing an ottoman in front of your couch is a surefire way to get cozy, but it’s not exactly the most stable spot for your morning coffee.

The solution? Shopping for a piece that combines the best of both worlds, of course. Below, we’re rounding up 10 clever coffee table ottomans that pull double duty — and look good while doing it.

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Nathan James
was $309.99

Nathan James blends elegance and comfort with this plush linen ottoman. But don't let the good looks fool you — the solid wood legs and hidden storage under the cushion are all about sturdy support. Place a tray atop the firm cushion and you can rest assured, coffee cups and flower vases will stay in place.

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was $45.00

Metallic hairpin legs and a crushed velvet exterior with a subtle palm print motif help this mini but mighty ottoman stand out in any room. The petite shape makes it a great option for small spaces, especially because the top opens to reveal bonus storage for magazines, electronics, and more. Even better, the top has a wood slab for stability and style.

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Burrow's got it in the bag when it comes to designing thoughtful, high-quality pieces of furniture, and this ottoman is no exception. Editorial shopping director Jada Wong has a Burrow Union sectional and matching ottoman, and she frequently uses the latter as coffee table. It's low-slung (just 17 inches tall!) and plenty wide, so it's great for holding board games and snacks without spilling anything. If accidents happens though, the stain-resistant fabric means pain-free cleaning.

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was $69.90

Looking for a spot to throw up your feet or throw down your dinner? This Wayfair ottoman is it. Available in over 15 stunning velvet shades (including bold canary yellow and soft rose pink), it's the ideal height and shape to pull double duty in your space. It's also made of solid and engineered wood, so you know it's sturdy.

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Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters always makes furniture that's just a bit off-beat — a unique shape here, an eye-catching fabric there. This velvet ottoman feels just quirky enough, thanks to a modern silhouette and overstuffed appeal that will surely become the favorite perch in your space.

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Lulu and Georgia

If your style skews more modern and trendy, look no further than this sculptural ottoman to complete your living room. Made in collaboration with designer Sarah Sherman Samual, the aptly named Clover Stool is covered in of-the-moment olive velvet, with a roomy square top big enough to hold your favorite knick-knacks.

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Perhaps the most traditional of the bunch, this clean-lined ottoman from Anthropologie has everything you could want in a hybrid piece. It's low to the ground and offers plenty of surface area for styling coffee table books, serving up a cheeseboard, or laying out a board game. Bonus: You can choose from several different fabrics and colors for an almost-custom experience.

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Interior Define
was $895.00

When it comes to helping you create a custom piece of furniture that perfectly suits your space, no one does it better than Interior Define. The Maxwell ottoman (yes, named after Apartment Therapy's founder!) is as classic as it gets, with eight leather options to choose from, plus a slew of different sizes and leg options. Our advice? Opt for the tapered wooden legs for vintage appeal.

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Benchmade Modern
was $1587.00

How cozy does this ottoman look? We can just imagine sinking our feet onto this customizable piece from editor-favorite Benchmade Modern after a long day at work, and it's big enough to share with a partner or roommate, too (if you have to, that is). While the tufted top requires extra care when setting down drinks or dishes, it's still flat enough to be styled up with your favorite accessories when you're not lounging.

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Ballard Designs
was $1699.00

This handsome coffee table ottoman from Ballard Designs is the ideal pick if you have a bit more square footage to work with. The expansive leather top makes for a sturdy and firm surface that can handle whatever you throw at it, from rambunctious children to remnants of a roaring cocktail party.