Double-Duty Coffee Tables

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.

  1. IKEA: They have quite a few shelves and media cabinets that can double as coffee tables, like the $70 Besta Shelf shown above.
  2. 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.
  3. CB2: Their $300 Slot Coffee Table has a bright yellow sliding panel designed to conceal remote controls.
  4. 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.
  5. Offi: Their bent plywood Scando Table ($500) has a curved end that cradles magazines.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Ligne Roset: Their Crescendo Coffee Table ($1,650) is an often-knocked-off adjustable height model that transforms from cocktail table into dining surface.
  9. 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.
  10. 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

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