If You Think You Don’t Have Room For a Coffee Table, These 10 Options Might Change Your Mind

updated Dec 27, 2023
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When it comes to small-space living, there are some truths you come to accept — namely, that you can’t always get what you want, especially when it comes to furniture. One piece of furniture that is the first to be avoided in small spaces is the coffee table. Though they’re often a staple in living room design, many small spaces can’t accommodate them — or at least, that’s what we used to think.

Just because your apartment lacks square footage doesn’t mean you have to forgo a coffee table entirely. In fact, when living in small quarters, it may be more practical to invest in a coffee table rather than a dining table! On the hunt for the perfect compact pick? Below, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite coffee tables for small spaces that are perfect for everything from casual use to formal entertaining.

Do you have a small-space-friendly coffee table you swear by? Let us know in the comments below!

1 / 10
West Elm
was $159.00

Round tables are a small space savior, and this side table could easily be repurposed as a coffee table for a super narrow space. Plus, it's petite enough that you can move it around your place with ease — pull it directly in front of you as you dine or work on a laptop, then store it off to the side at the end of the day.

2 / 10
was $198.00

Add some rustic flair to your living room with this carved coffee table from Wayfair. The industrial legs keep it looking sleek and modern, while the solid wood top adds warmth and natural texture to any space.

3 / 10
Urban Outfitters

Who can resist a cute piece that also comes with built-in storage? This Urban Outfitters bench is a total winner. While it technically isn't designed to be a coffee table, it can definitely be used as one — just add a tray or a stack of magazines to create a makeshift tabletop.

4 / 10
was $116.00

If you need something that you can stash out of sight at the drop of a hat, this Wayfair piece is an easy choice. You can remove the tray and fold up the legs in a snap, so it's the perfect piece to have on hand if you only have space to set up a table on occasion. The sleek gold is nice and stylish, too, although it's also available five other color combinations.

5 / 10
was $387.00

This wooden table from Wayfair has a funky, mid-century shape without the steep price tag. It's thin enough that it won't overwhelm a small living room, but its length means that you can maximize its storage potential. Plus, multiple people can use it as a dining surface at once, which is always a plus!

6 / 10

With a look that's part Scandi, part MCM, this coffee table is perfect for anyone looking for something bold and space-saving. Clean lines and splayed legs give it style, while its removable top offers storage for the ultimate two-in-one design.

7 / 10
was $435.00

This round wooden coffee table has an extra dose of detail thanks to the stunning black base. We also couldn't be more impressed with the price! If your space is full of square or rectangular pieces, a round table may be an excellent alternative and will add some visual interest to a room.

8 / 10
was $149.95

Acrylic, see-through tables are always a good go-to for those looking to minimize visual clutter. This particular pick from Amazon doesn't look like much, but it's actually super versatile — you can use it as a couch tray, a tiny coffee table, or turn it vertically and use it as a C-style end table.

9 / 10
Joss & Main

For something with a Boho flair, this Joss and Main coffee table is a can't-miss pick. With a beautiful black wood body and rush shelf at the base (yay, storage!), this petite table is sure to bring you years of joy (and compliments).

10 / 10

Why opt for one table when you can snag a set of two? This Wayfair duo looks lovely as a nesting pair, or the two pieces can be separated and utilized in different places. The style is great for those who lean more minimalist and modern — check out the dip-dyed legs!