The Best Coffee Tables for a Chic & Functional Living Room

Freda A. Nix

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Today’s families really live in every space of their homes, and every piece of furniture must be a functional item that does more than just look good. One prime example: The humble, hardworking coffee table. Usually placed prominently in a family room (yep, we’re talking smack dab in front of the couch), the coffee table is often the spot where kids do homework, families play board games and do jigsaw puzzles, and parents serve up popcorn and snacks for family movie night. In other words, a coffee table has got to be durable enough to handle everything from to food to propped-up feet, but attractive enough to earn its spot as the focal point in the room where your family collectively spends the most time — and where you’re likely also entertaining guests, friends and your in-laws.

If your current model could use an upgrade, you’re in luck: we’ve rounded up a selection of the best coffee tables that can serve your family’s needs and elevate your home decor — without breaking the bank. Check out the options below and get ready to add a piece of furniture that’s more than just functional to your space.

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1. Emerald Home Chandler Coffee Table

Crafted with a rustic, industrial style, the Chandler collection from Emerald Home seamlessly blends cool, strong steel and warm, natural hardwood for a comfortable, functional furniture style. The collection’s coffee table features a distressed, solid wood planked top and an open shelf that highlights the natural knots and grain, while the solid steel, angled legs and cross-bracing with exposed metal fasteners and rivets provide a sleek architectural look.

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Image: Amazon.


2. Household Essentials Ashwood Round Coffee Table

Household Essentials’ round modern coffee table has a strong metal frame and distressed ashwood decorative top. At 16 inches high, it is the perfect height for a coffee table and its 31.5 inch diameter is large enough for several people to enjoy. The smooth, gray laminate top can be cleaned easily with a feather duster or cloth. The black metal, open-frame legs keep the table looking lightweight — perfect for a smaller room — and the legs intersect on the floor in the center of the table, creating stability while maintaining ample space for kneeling or sitting around it.

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Image: Amazon.


3. Furinno Simple Design Coffee Table

Made of medium-density composite particleboard composed with recycled materials from rubber trees in Malaysia, this functional coffee table from Furinno is available in a variety of solid and two-tone finishes. Assemble easily in just 10 minutes for a sturdy, simple coffee table that will fit in a variety of room sizes and styles. The rounded corners offer safety from potential bumps, and the lower shelf provides space for storing folded blankets, books, games and more.

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Image: Amazon.


4. Walker Edison Furniture Company Modern Round Coffee Table

Style meets practicality with this mid-century modern inspired round coffee table with a crisscross designed base. The X-base is made of metal and painted in gold for a splash of elegance. The high-grade MDF and laminate table top has a classic marble pattern, which is a perfect backdrop for placing decorative items like books, a clock or artistic baubles. Use alone as a focal point, or style with the matching side table. Other color combinations are also available.

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Image: Amazon.
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