We often recommend airy, light, leggy tables for small spaces. Pieces with less bulk do, often anyway, give the illusion of more space. But we shouldn't discount the warming, calming and safe feeling a nice cylinder-shape can provide.
We actually spotted the cylinder coffee table in yesterday's house tour — Jody & Joe's Cozy Contemporary Condo — and realized how calming and relaxing such a shape is. Cylinders, in all their sturdy solidness, create an atmosphere of warmth and home.
They don't look like they are going to collapse or fall down, and that's comforting. Used as a side table or ottoman or grabbing a few of them for a cluster of coffee tables, cylinder accent tables come in all kinds of materials (and they don't even have to be fully solid to make an impact). We found ten cylinder and cylinder-esque shaped tables we'd love to have in a space:
1) West Elm Dot Side Table $120
2) Crate&Barrel Samar Ottoman $119
3) West Elm Natural Tree Stump Side Table $159
4) Knoll Platner Side Table $775 - $2,437
5) World Market Sola Wooden Accent Table $160
6) Crate&Barrel Braiden Side Table $229
7) West Elm Bubbles Ceramic Side Table $103
8) Ballard Designs Garden Seat $139
9) West Elm Stray Dog Table $100
10) Ballard Design Gathered Wheat Garden Seat $119
Images: As linked above.