9 Durable Living Room Coffee Tables That Can Double as a Dining Spot

updated Apr 7, 2020
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If you live in a small space or prefer to have your dinner with a side of Netflix, it’s safe to assume that most of your meals are happening on the sofa. I’m personally all for it; there’s nothing I love more than whipping up a bowl of pesto pasta, sinking into the couch, and watching my friends from across the pond on “The Great British Baking Show”.

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But if it’s going to be a weekly—or daily—occurrence right now, that’s totally fine. Let it happen. The thing is, you might now suddenly be in the market for a sturdy, durable coffee table that’s easy to clean and down for heavy use. Metal, glass, stone, and wood are all solid materials for a coffee table-turned-dining table, and there are plenty of design options out there. Ahead, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorites to help you find a living room centerpiece that can hold up to all kinds of use— and look great doing it. 

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Zane Coffee Table

No need to worry about spills when it comes to this two-tiered piece. The lacquer surface is easy to clean—a quick wipe is all it takes. So you can feel rest assured it’ll stay sleek and shiny through years of use. Brass legs add an extra hit of shine, while the lower shelf provides room to store remotes, candles, and more.

Buy: Zane Coffee Table, $299 $239.20 from West Elm

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Silicus Oval Glass Coffee Table

Give your living room a sweet upgrade courtesy of this streamlined oval table that comes in the most gorgeous blush tone. Its tempered glass surface easily wipes clean, and though it may look delicate, the solid glass and X-frame make it a sturdy piece for your home.

Buy: Silicus Oval Glass Coffee Table, $239 from Article

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Profile Square Coffee Table

Simple and strong, this table is built from iron, so you know it’s ready to take just about anything you can throw at it (metaphorically speaking, of course). The 34-inch square top means you’ve got plenty of space to wine and dine, but just in case you need a little more, there’s a second shelf below to give you even more room for storage. You can even adjust the legs. Hot tip when browsing for durable products at West Elm: Look for the label “Contractor Grade,” which means a given product is rated for use in commercial applications.

Buy: Profile Square Coffee Table, $399 $319.20 from West Elm

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Malone Coffee Table

Wood may not be the first material you think of for a dining surface, but if you go with a darker color that has a wax finish, you’ll be just fine avoiding stains and scratches. This modern gray table has raised edges that double as a safety net, of sorts, for when you’re dining in the living room.

Buy: Malone Coffee Table, $474.88 $359.99 from Wayfair

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Sauder Soft Modern Coffee Table

Want the look of marble but with none of the maintenance? Then this coffee table is for you. It pairs a simple but sturdy oak-finished wood frame with a realistic faux marble top that won’t wear the same way stone does, since it has a special heat, scratch, and stain protective coating.

Buy: Sauder Soft Modern Coffee Table, $124.99 from Target

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Glass and Metal Baruch Coffee Table

The glass meets metal combo is a tried-and-true classic, and this model’s sleek silhouette allows it to work in just about any room. Bronze-finished metal legs mean it’s as strong as it is stylish, and the glass surface disappears into the rest of your room, making it particularly suitable for a smaller space.

Buy: Glass and Metal Baruch Coffee Table, $349.99 $174.99 from World Market

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Marvin Coffee Table

With an espresso-colored top and a matte black iron base, this wooden coffee table is the streamlined accent piece your living room was missing. Its wide, sturdy frame will work for a variety of different design styles.

Buy: Marvin Coffee Table, $157.99 $116.99 from Wayfair

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Gold Hammered Metal Cala Coffee Table

If you’re looking for an artsy piece that still packs plenty of function, World Market’s got just the thing. This hollow table is literally made of steel, but it’s been hand-hammered and finished in gold to give it gorgeous texture and plenty of shine. Even better, the top comes off so you can store blankets, books, and other objects inside.

Buy: Gold Hammered Metal Cala Coffee Table, $329.99 from World Market

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Terrazzo Coffee Table

Another hot durability tip? If you want to find things that are built to last, use outdoor pieces inside. This table’s trendy speckled terrazzo composition is made to withstand outside elements, but it can work just as well in the living room. The large, round piece will anchor your space and give you plenty of room to kick your feet up or set the table for a weeknight meal.

Buy: Terrazzo Coffee Table, $549 $449.00 from CB2