Why Round Coffee Tables Always Work (and 15 Great Ones to Consider!)

Why Round Coffee Tables Always Work (and 15 Great Ones to Consider!)

Allie M. Harper
Apr 18, 2017

Some people get their kicks from the next installment of the "Star Wars" saga. For others, it's the magical world of Harry Potter. And for others still, it's discovering vintage comic books or anticipating the latest video game. For me, I geek out over furniture. Specifically, coffee tables. You use them to gather around with friends and family, set down your drinks, put up your feet, and, if you're like me, eat dinner while watching reruns of "Law & Order: SVU" even though you have a perfectly fine dining table three feet away (it's just easier). And while the straight edges of a rectangular coffee table might be the go-to choice for many, sometimes the right angles turn out to be the wrong fit for a room.

Here's where choosing a round coffee table will save the day, helping you to maximize every square inch of your small space by giving you more walking room and allowing for better traffic flow and circulation. Rounded edges will soften your aesthetic and simply may fit better with the size, shape and placement of your sofa—and all the while, your feet will never know the difference.

I've pulled together a few of my favorite round coffee tables in a mix of price points and styles to set you off in the right direction when searching for a circular piece. Watch out for dangerously stunning curves ahead.


This coffee table has a rose gold finish, so I'm not really certain what else needs to be said about why it makes for a good choice when it comes to finding the right round table. The use of rose gold has been a design trend that thankfully shows no signs of stopping, and the sculptural base lends interest to the straightforward circular shape of the top if you're looking to shake things up.

I'm not necessarily always a mid-century modern design kind of gal. But the chic Vulcan Black finish and wood leg tips bring this table into the 21st century while still expressing a vintage vibe through its mod shape. (Plus, they come in lots of other fun colors.)

See the world (and your living room) through rose-colored glasses with the Orlena table from Urban Outfitters. The circular glass top has the tiniest hint of a rosy hue, and the sinuous chrome base keeps the eye moving.

Okay, okay, I guess I am a mid-century modern design kind of gal after all. But this one has an Italian edge thanks to its sleek and delicate profile. The walnut finish is a handsome choice, and even though this top is slightly more oval in shape, it still gives you a rounded effect. The spider-like legs are super unique and allow the table to rest perfectly beneath its nesting side table counterpart.

Rose gold isn't the only metallic finish I'm partial to—I'm all about the mix. So this hammered steel beauty with an antiqued nickel finish is a must in my book, too. If your aesthetic leans toward eclectic and handmade, you pretty much can't go wrong with this one since it's crafted in India by skilled artisans and has an exotic, global feel.

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If your living room is maxed out on marble and metallics, a simple blonde wood coffee table may be just the thing to bring back balance and warmth. With an easy assembly (no tools required!) and an even easier aesthetic, sometimes the quietest pieces can make the loudest statements.

If ever I'm on the hunt for design solutions that answer space problems while still reading effortlessly hip, Urban Outfitters is always one of my first stops. This round table is crafted of white cedar wood, giving your room a dose of organic modern style (which every room could use no matter your aesthetic). The solid base gives the table weight, but the rounded shape keeps it feeling petite.

The best part about this table is that, even though it has a flat, round surface, the graphic geometric pattern and gradient shading give it depth. The sustainably sourced, weathered-wood base is strong and as much a part of the design as the top. The concrete tiles—inlaid by hand—make the table fresh and modern with an artistic lean.

You can never go wrong with wood and white. It's simple and minimalistic like most Scandinavian designs, and while it's again fresh and modern, this time the round tabletop acts as a blank canvas. Enliven it with fresh blooms, a colorful candle and stacks of your favorite books—maybe even some of those rare comic book finds.

When I found this table, I was with a few fellow design writers and editors, and we all immediately let out a collective ooh-aah. Designed by Mermelada Estudio, the mixture of brass and concrete is modern but in a very warm way. In fact, it reminds me of a fire pit, even though the designers say it was inspired by North African drums (so now I'm picturing a drum circle jam session around a fire and I want to be there). Either way, the half-moon-shaped table is a no brainer if you're looking for a stylish rounded option.

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White onyx and brushed metal make this table a solid glam option. The double tier allows for more storage and display space while allowing you to regain square footage in your room because of the rounded shape, so it's a doubly practical decision and a fashionable one at that.

You can probably guess that the white marble top and brass-finished legs make this an automatic win for me. But I especially love it for its architectural, sculptural quality. Since round tabletops are fairly simple, having fun with the base is a great way to play with form.

This one actually caught my eye because it wasn't marble and white. Instead, modern and refreshing comes in the form of tan leather and polished nickel buckles. It's unique and an ode to fashion and feels like it walked from the runway right into your living room.

Anthropologie pretty much does everything right in my eyes, and this white, brass and teal eye candy is no exception. It was handcrafted using bone inlay to achieve a Moroccan tile-inspired feel and pay homage to ancient Egyptian craftsmen techniques. At 45.25" in diameter, it has a fairly large radius, so you're getting more surface area than the typical round coffee table might provide, and the thickness of the tabletop makes this a true statement piece.

Just when you thought you knew what a marble and brass table looked like, Jonathan Adler went and put blue acrylic cabochons on it. If you're someone who believes in jewelry for the home, then this is certainly the accessory you've been looking for. (The entire collection was inspired by the Memphis movement and cocktail rings.)

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