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Coffee Tables Buying Guide

It's not entirely clear when or where the first coffee table came into use, but it's certainly a ubiquitous piece in today's homes. In a living room in particular, a coffee table can elegantly show off a decorative centerpiece, or it can be put to use holding drinks, snacks, a collection of remote controls, or -- of course -- coffee table books. With all of these uses, it's no wonder there are myriad styles and materials for these indispensable pieces.

Types of Coffee Tables

Types of Coffee Tables

Here's an overview of the vast range of coffee tables, from the basic versions meant to humbly hold items within close reach, to the scene-stealers with unusual designs or unorthodox materials that grab attention as they perform their tasks.

Simple

The simplest design for a coffee table is a rectangular surface measuring about 30 inches wide and 40-48 inches long—the size you choose depends on the size of your sofa. If you have a long sofa, you need a longer coffee table so the people seated on the end cushions can reach it. Coffee tables can be made of wood (or a woodlike material such as particleboard and veneer), metal, glass, stone, or a combination of materials. As for shape, a coffee table can be a square, rectangle, circle, oval, or any design, as long as it's in proportion to the seating pieces grouped around it.

shop Simple
$395.00

Isamu Noguchi created the Original Noguchi Coffe Table in 1954. The Noguchi Table is Famous today for its simplicity and Design. R...eplica, Reproduction Knockoff Sale read more

Rustica Hardware
$2,000.00

This Coffee Table is built not only to impress, but to last. Its one of a kind design makes for a truly original focal point. Comp...osed of aluminum that is polished, then painstakingly wrapped around hand crafted wooden cross supports. Its lighter... read more

Spice Islands
$769.99

SIWI1092: Features: -Comes with glass top.-Casual style. Construction: -Frame construction: Wicker. Dimensions: -21'' H x 37'' W x... 23.5'' D, 50 lbs. Collection: -Bar Harbor collection. read more

$969.00

Lebello, Sunny Coffee Table, Sunny Coffee table by Lebello is the larger model of the Sunny side table. The table can be used with... various models in the collection. Suitable for contract projects. Designed by Lebello, 2007 read more

Crate and Barrel
$699.00

Coffee Tables: Clairemont Oval Coffee Table - The refined elegance of Art Deco lightens the room with an heirloom look straight fr...om the 1920s. Clean tapered lines reflect warmth with textured metallic tones framing clear and oval mirrored glass. -Forged metal -Lacquer finish -Tempered glass top -Antiqued mirror shelf -Adjustable leg levelers included -Made in China read more

Crate and Barrel
$399.00

Coffee Tables: Colette Oval Coffee Table with Drawers - Evoking the elegance of 1940s-era design, the Colette coffee table traces ...a chic oval in espresso-stained hardwood. Two integrated drawers conform to its trim molding and gentle curves, echoed in the generous shelf down below. -Designed by Blake Tovin of Tovin Design -Solid poplar and birch veneer -Dark espresso finish, sealer and protective topcoat -Metal drawer glides -Levelers -Made in Vietnam read more

Crate and Barrel
$999.00

Coffee Tables: Marin Natural Solid Wood Coffee Table - Abundant storage in a linear, light-as-air design. Our Marin coffee table t...able is all about the beauty of solid elm, handcrafted with traditional Chinese wood-on-wood joinery-without the use of nails or screws. -Handcrafted and unique; slight variation may occur -Solid elm with a natural stain -Tung tree oil exterior finish, water-based interior finish -Traditional wood-on-wood butterfly joinery -Made in China read more

Crate and Barrel
$899.00

Coffee Tables: Tourney Square Coffee Table - Designed with entertaining in mind, Blake Tovin's Tourney collection conceals gatheri...ng-friendly pullouts in a clean, squared-off design crafted of oak veneer with a rich brown finish. -Designed by Blake Tovin -Tabletop and drawer fronts are oak veneer over engineered wood -Legs and drawer interiors are solid mahogany -Dark charcoal finish -Two side pull-out shelves, one center shelf the slides out to either front or back -Finger grooves on pullouts for easy access -Metal undermount glides on read more

$1,063.00

Rustic Whisper Creek Coffee Table With a natural birch inspired design style the Whisper Creek Coffee Table is a beautiful piece o...f furniture featuring exquisite design details and textures. Bring the beauty of nature into your home or cabin its the perfect coffee table for a rustic home setting. With Self leveling and Scratch Preventing Pads on Each Table Leg.Specifications Dimensions: 47" x 24" x 17" Material: Metal / Iron Iron Finish Options: Click here to view Table Top Options: Click here to view top options Indoor / Outdoor Recommendation: IndoorAdditional InformationMade in America read more

$834.00

Cedarvale Coffee Table The Wrought Iron Cedarvale Coffee Table is a work of art. It combines smooth surfaces with rich textures. T...he heavy iron band supports either thick, beveled glass, or a finely crafted walnut top chamfered on its thick edge. The design is highly transitional, fitting nicely into almost any decor from elegant to rustic, old world or even Dimensions: With Wood Top: 36" x 36" x 19.5" With Glass Top: 36" x 36" x 17.5" Legs are 1.25" wide Top Banding is 3" wide Bottom Textured Banding is 1.5" wide Material: Metal / Iron Iron Finish Options: Click here to view Table Top Options: Click here to view top options Indoor / Outdoor Recommendation: Indoor Additional Information: Custom alterations InformationMade in America read more

$930.00

Studio Collection Coffee Table The Studio Collection Coffee Table features a rustic finish and sleek lines. The table top can be h...and fired copper or hand barked wood, each created lovingly by a skilled artisan. The top is signed by the craftsman who forged it as a promise of lasting quality. Standing on four beautifully textured legs, the table comes with X shaped frame in the base that not only lends support to the overall piece but also adds to the timeless beauty of this table. The Candle Arch on this table is a signature feature of the Studio line. Base only orders also Dimensions: Overall: 48"W x 26"D x 18"H Iron Only: 36"W x 26"D x 18"H Table Top: 48"W x 24"D Material: Metal with Wood or Copper Top Iron Finish Options: Click here to view Table Top Options: Click here to view top options Indoor / Outdoor Recommendation: Indoor Additional Information Made in America read more

$1,088.00

Rustic Pine Oval Coffee Table Fitted with a very rustic looking blasted and nipped edge glass top our authentic hand forged iron o...val coffee table from the Pine collection is an exceptional piece of furniture at a great price. These wrought iron tables showcase the heavy construction meticulous attention to detail and quality you'll only find from a true American blacksmith shop.Specifications Dimensions: 48" x 24" x 18", Top is 48" x 28" Material: Metal / Iron Iron Finish Options: Click here to view Table Top Options: Click here to view top options Indoor / Outdoor Recommendation: Indoor Additional Information: Custom Alterations availableAdditional InformationMade in America read more

Coaster
$107.31

Coaster realizes the importance of your home, which is why they have an endless variety of furniture in countless styles and desig...ns. The designs are capable of fitting the needs all around the home and the quality is at a level you can trust. The marble looking table tops are a classy finish to this set. The attractive finish on the legs and apron give this piece some real visual appeal. Assembly Required. Coffee Table Dimensions: 44 L x 22 W x 15 H; 50.666 lbs. 3 Piece Set, Other Accessories Sold Separately. read more

Furinno
$28.46

Furinno espresso living set coffee table is a basic furniture design that fit into a modern stylish lifestyle. . Easy assembly, li...ght weight, yet looks refreshing and space saving, is suitable for any room. The materials comply with e1 grade particle board for furniture. There is no foul smell of chemicals, durable and it is the most stable particleboard used to make rta furniture.all the products are produced and assembled 100-percent in malaysia. Care instructions: wipe clean with clean damped cloth. Avoid using harsh chemicals. Please contact support@furinno for missing parts, damaged goods, or other questions. We are pleased to send you the replacement part free of charge. Pictures are for illustration purpose. All decor items are not included in this offer. Pictures are for illustration purpose. All decor items are not included in this offer. read more

Furinno
$28.69

FVD1043: Features: -Eco-friendly.-Simple stylish design yet functional and suitable for any room.-No foul smell of chemicals.-Avoi...d using harsh chemicals.-Care instructions: Wipe clean with clean damped cloth. Construction: -Material: Engineered particle board made from recycled. Color/Finish: -Finish: Steam Beech. Dimensions: -Dimensions: 15.6'' H x 31.5'' W x 18.9'' D. Collection: -Steam Beech Living Set collection. Warranty: -1 Year warranty. read more

FontanaArte
$2,934.00

Coffee table. Curved and ground float-glass (0.6).

Kid- and Pet-Friendly

Coffee tables are both assets and liabilities in homes with small children and pets. Many toddlers have learned to walk by first cruising around the edge of a coffee table, which is the perfect height for such an activity. However, a coffee table with sharp corners can cause bruises and injuries for the same teetering toddlers. If you have an angular table, add foam bumpers. Or choose a more child-friendly shape, such as round. Beware of painted wood tables, which can flake or peel when chewed on. And finally, a glass or stone table can pose a hazard if it breaks or chips.

Built-In Storage

There are many reasons to choose a coffee table with storage, such as drawers, shelves, or cabinets, built into it. You can keep remote controls contained, tidy up magazines, or hide away throw blankets. Some coffee tables even have deep inner cabinets under a hinged table surface, which you can use to stow everything from board games to sheets for a nearby pullout bed.

Unique Designs and Materials

Coffee tables are commonly made from stained wood, polished stone, or glass. But you can also find unusual materials, including enameled metal, chrome, hammered bronze, poured concrete, smoky glass, colored glass, textured glass, slices of tree trunks, leather, and plastic. A coffee table made from one of these unusual materials functions as a decorative punctuation point in a room, fostering conversation and comment.

Upholstered

Some people like to use large upholstered coffee tables because they may have a casual look, can match your upholstery, and are ready footrests. With a tray or another hard surface on top, they can also hold drinks. Larger than an ottoman, which is sized to match a chair, an upholstered coffee table should have dimensions that relate to your sofa. It may be a circle, square, oval, or rectangle, and the surface may be taut or tufted. And it may be upholstered in fabric or leather. Some upholstered coffee tables can be quite elegant, with carved legs, high-end fabric upholstery, and trimmings such as nailhead or fringe.

Specialty

Specialty coffee tables have additional concepts or abilities built into them. For example, some have chess boards painted on the surface. Some contain small propane fire pits. Others have a top that rises to lap height to become an eating or work surface. Chances are good there is a design available to meet your specific needs.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Here are a couple of other factors to keep in mind when purchasing a coffee table.

Height

When a coffee table is the proper height, a person sitting on the sofa can easily reach forward to set down a drink or pick up a cracker. This means most tables should be 16-18 inches tall, but if you have a taller sofa or one with tight, plump cushions that boost you up a bit, the coffee table should be a bit taller. If you frequently eat at the coffee table, you may also want it to be taller—20-22 inches should do it.

Care and Cleaning

For a piece of furniture that handles everything from feet to fish sticks, it's important to know how to clean and care for the type you're buying. Glass and polished-stone tables will show fingerprints. Wood tables need occasional oiling, and you should always use coasters under drinks to prevent damp glasses from damaging the surface. Upholstered coffee tables will benefit from a stain-retardant coating as soon as you bring it home and periodically thereafter. Specialty materials, such as poured concrete, will have their own care requirements.

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Crate and Barrel
$749.00 $679.00

Regatta Outdoor Lounge: Regatta Coffee Table - Our exclusive Regatta outdoor collection cuts a clean, classic profile, handcrafted... of Grade A plantation-grown teak, the highest quality teak in the world. Certified by the Forest Stewardship Council FSC, the environmental gold standard, this fine teak furniture is an investment that can weather the elements year after year. -Handcrafted -Solid FSC-certified teak -Unfinished -Mortise-and-tenon joinery -Stainless steel hardware -Made in Indonesia read more

Crate and Barrel
$399.00 $149.00

Lounge Furniture: Mosaic Red Coffee Table - Nearly 3,600 tiles create a radiant burst of orange that cools into tonal reds on our ...sun-kissed mosaic table. A pair of highly skilled artisans spend six months of extensive training before creating each intricate, striking composition. -Handcrafted -Hand-cut glass tile -Iron with black powdercoat finish -Made in China read more

Crate and Barrel
$999.00 $399.00

Outlet Furniture: Baden Large Coffee Table - Bold in scale with understated lightness, Baden's simple mix of materials warms rooms... modern to rustic. An open architectural steel frame supports an impressive six-foot length of solid teak to span even the longest of sofas. -Solid teak over plywood core with charcoal finish -Steel frame finished in dark brown -Made in Vietnam read more

Crate and Barrel
$699.00 $299.00

Outlet Furniture: Baden Small Coffee Table - Bold in scale with understated lightness, Baden's simple mix of materials warms rooms... modern to rustic. An open architectural steel frame supports an impressive six-foot length of solid teak to span even the longest of sofas. -Solid teak over plywood core with charcoal finish -Steel frame finished in dark brown -Made in Indonesia read more

Crate and Barrel
$499.00 $349.00

Dune Lounge: Dune Round Coffee Table with Painted Glass - Our urban style Dune collection is truly a modern "indoor room" that liv...es outdoors. This contemporary mix of materials tops the round coffee table's frame with tempered glass, painted taupe on the underside for a modern, luminous look. -Outdoor-grade stainless steel frame -8mm tempered glass, back-painted in taupe -Made in China read more

Crate and Barrel
$549.00 $379.00

Metal: Dune Round Coffee Table with Pebbled Glass - Our urban style Dune collection is truly a modern "indoor room" that lives out...doors. Sleek stainless steel coffee table tops out in pebbled glass with the contemporary look of crushed stone. -Outdoor-grade stainless steel frame -8mm thick glass substrate topped with crushed pebbled finish -Made in China read more

Crate and Barrel
$599.00 $419.97

All Outlet: Frame Round Coffee Table - Combining the warmth of solid American walnut with the linear look of square tubular stainl...ess steel, these clean, classic tables showcase contemporary design at a great price. Each walnut tabletop is unique and may exhibit natural graining, knots, splitting and mineral deposits that add character to each piece. -Solid American walnut, finished with natural, tinted oil -1/2" stainless-steel tube -Protect from heat and liquids -Made in Vietnam read more

Crate and Barrel
$599.00 $419.97

All Outlet: Edgewood Round Coffee Table - This straightforward but thoughtful collection highlights the natural beauty and integri...ty of plantation-grown solid teak. Each piece is designed clean and simple, with woodworking details to highlight the wood's unique characteristics. -FSC-certified solid teak -Water-based stain, lacquer finish and wax topcoat -Protect from heat and liquids -Made in Indonesia read more

Frontgate
$799.00 $559.00

Glass-topped and gleaming, the Pierce Coffee Table is stunning solo, or grouped together with the Pierce Side Table. Brushed brass... finish . Tempered glass top . Side tables neatly nest under coffee table (sold separately) . read more

Frontgate
$995.00 $699.00

Rooted in Chinese Chippendale design, this solid wood coffee table boasts a high-sheen white lacquered finish for a clean, contemp...orary appearance. Crafted from solid wood . High-sheen white lacquered finish . Push-open drawer is hidden under the shaped apron . read more

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