Coffee Tables

Stylish living room table ideas

Any living room looks a little empty without a coffee table to gather around. Coffee tables are the life breathed into our living rooms – they're where we gather for coffee or snacks, they're where we spread out our magazines and books and they're where we pour over family photos or vacation itineraries. Being one of the most prominent features of your living room means your coffee table should set the tone for the room in style and design. Luckily, there are countless varieties of coffee tables available; all you have to do is find the perfect one.

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Modern Coffee Tables

Contemporary coffee tables come in a variety of shapes. Most commonly, you'll see tables that are oval, round, square or rectangular, but it's easy to find more interesting shapes if that's what you'd like. Some coffee tables are even constructed to represent animals or trees, which can make for a unique accent in your living room. Glass coffee tables with shiny metal or plastic stands are popular modern choices, but other modern designers are looking to antique coffee tables for inspiration, making a variety of oak coffee tables and other classic aspects easy to find. From trunk cocktail tables to clear acrylic coffee tables, the choices are endless, limited only by your imagination.

If you're interested in purchasing matching coffee and end tables, many manufacturers offer a variety of table sets. End tables typically go on either side of a sofa or love seat with the coffee table in front of the main seating arrangement, and table sets usually include a pair of end tables and a coffee table. End tables are significantly smaller than the coffee table itself, but often higher so that guests sitting on the couch or in an adjacent chair can easily reach items on the table without reaching down.

Using Your Coffee Table

Displaying photos, letters or other small pieces of memorabilia can be easily accomplished by buying lift top coffee tables. These tables have a hinged top that allow you to store display items inside but keep them protected from prying hands. Some modern coffee tables have more discreet storage compartments inside that allow you to quickly clean up or store items that your guests may need – extra pillows and sheets for a sofa bed or perhaps television and stereo remotes where they're convenient but out of the way.