Add a Twist to Your Living Room with These 8 Coffee Table Alternatives

published Jul 6, 2021
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A coffee table is a living room mainstay — or is it? Whether you’re short on space or just looking for ways to spice up the traditional living room layout, switching out a classic coffee table for a different piece of furniture is an unexpected way to upgrade your room. Putting a fun twist on the essential piece is a creative way to bring some personality into your space. To give you some ideas, check out these eight alternatives to coffee tables. 

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was $54.99

A true triple threat, this sleek and chic multitasker serves as a coffee table, ottoman, and storage space. The dual-sided cushion lid has a wood serving tray that’s ideal for placing drinks, snacks, a stack of books, or whatever else needs a home. Turn it over and it becomes a footrest or an extra seat. Surprisingly spacious, the inside can hold a lot. Regardless of how you use it, it’ll look stylish either way, thanks to its velvet upholstery and metal feet.

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was $184.99

When you’re short on space, a coffee table that doubles as additional seating is a major plus, like this endearingly rustic wood bench. Made from solid rubberwood, it comfortably fits two people. Its clean lines means that it will work in a range of spaces.

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was $292.50

Bring some Moroccan flair to any room with this pouf that can be used as a footrest, seating, or a coffee table. Handmade from leather, the geometric stitched pattern gives off major bohemian vibes.

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was $349.99

You can keep lots of junk in this trunk that also doubles as a coffee table, making it a practical choice. Inspired by vintage trunks, it’s made of wood with black metal hardware for an authentic antique aesthetic.

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was $142.99

Add a textural touch with this footstool that was handmade by villagers in the Judhpur area of India. Woven and then upholstered on a sheesham wood frame, each piece is unique. The majority of weavers are women, so bringing this into your home supports their local economy, with nearby farmers also benefitting from wood sales and artisans from the natural and vegetable dyes they create.

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Wood you believe this unique table? Crafted from naturally fallen trees, each piece is one of a kind and an easy way to bring the spirit of the great outdoors inside. The bottom has felt pads to safeguard your floor and custom engravings are an option. Buy two or three to create a cluster.

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Literally three coffee tables in one, this trio of nesting tables all fit inside of one another so that you can adjust to your needs. Pull them all out when you’re entertaining and then stack them inside one another to save space. They put the "fun" in functional.

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was $75.22

Cool and contemporary, this end table works equally well as a coffee table. The tempered side glass and white top deliver a crisp, fresh look. The inner lower shelf is perfect for stashing everything from books to photos.