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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 longóthe 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.

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Livingroc
$1,920.00
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Description??Enjoy our Lancaster marble coffee table 39'x39' (square) from the range Pietra Casaline.??Very contemporary, you will... be seduced by the uniting of forms and materials requiring knowledge from our craftsmen. It 3 glass shelf is adjacent to the marble top creating a blend of rare materials.??Very practical with its clever storage LANCASTER marble coffee table will fit perfectly in your lifestyle.??The outstanding opportunity to make your world unique...The use of marble is carefully chosen at LivingRoc due its??natural color and low porous structure.??Each coffee and dining-room table is different because each stone is unique. The slab of marble has an individual color due to the nature of travertine. Persian travertine therefore is perfect if you are looking for an eye catching and unique creation.??You will marvel at its individual grain and the blond tones through the stone which will create a peaceful and welcoming environment.The range PIETRA CASALINE is the creation of a combined group of talented masons dedicated to the idea of creating furniture made from natural material which are environmentally friendly.The photos you see online have been taken with extreme care by our??Founder CEO - Florent LEPVREAU, because without them we would not be one of the natural stone business key player of the online European continent. Once you have encountered the product in your home you will always have pure happiness for the love of the materials. It will be beyond your expectations because what you see online at livingroc.net is what you will receive. This is why we always guarantee a degree of quality (Grade A) and impeccable finish as can attest with the reviews filed by our customers. Our creation is delivered without chairs - sofa ... ( not included)??ROUTINE CAREOur stones are already waterproofed before the settings as a??protection. For daily care, use a washing product with a neutral P.H.??We also advise to waterproof the stone twice a year. Therefore, we highly recommend our range of Stone care products?? including detailed instructions ??from Akemi (one of the world leader) to purchase?? here,?? to look after your natural stone persian travertine (marble family) to offer you trouble free maintenance. ?? ?? read more

Crate & Barrel

Optional tempered glass that can be added on top of the Ventura Coffee Table. -Clear 8mm tempered glass -4 clear bumpers -Made ...in Taiwan read more

Westminster

"The Westminster Craftsman Teak Coffee Table makes a nice addition to any Westminster Teak wooden bench, steamer or lounger. The p...erfect match to the Craftsman Teak Coffee table is our Brighton Teak Side Table 14125" read more

Uttermost

This ceramic table lamp is topped by a golden champagne shade wrapped in silken fabric that complements its ivory glaze. Beautiful...ly finished in an ivory glaze over porcelain, with coffee bronze details, this lovely and simple table lamp will warm up your home. A rectangular, silken, golden champagne crushed fabric shade softens the look while a coffee bronze finial sits atop. A comforting home accent from Uttermost. read more

La Fuente Imports
$152.10 $169.00
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The sturdy legs and simple lines of this very affordable Mexican rustic pine coffee table give it a classic look that combines wel...l with a leather sofa or other southwestern decor. The distressed finish of the handmade wooden tabletop excuses the occasional spill and weary foot. The large surface has plenty of room for books, magazines, newspapers, or a game of cards. This charming rustic furniture piece has been produced with care using new, kiln-dried ponderosa pine. It is finished with a rich, honey-colored furniture wax to bring the wood grain to life. All iron and hardware is hand-forged with a distressed, rust-colored finish. Every piece is 100% solid wood (no laminates, particle board, or veneers), carries a one-year warranty, and unlike other on-line stores we try to keep all items in constant stock for delivery to your home or office in just 2-3 weeks. Julio Mexican Rustic Pine Coffee Table Without Wormwood. 44"W x 20"H x 24"D. Pine Rustic Pine Collection. New. read more

La Fuente Imports
$185.40 $206.00
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The sturdy legs and simple lines of this very affordable Mexican rustic pine coffee table give it a classic look that combines wel...l with a leather sofa or other southwestern decor. The distressed finish of the handmade wooden tabletop excuses the occasional spill and weary foot. The large surface has plenty of room for books, magazines, newspapers, or a game of cards. This charming rustic furniture piece has been produced with care using a combination of new, kiln-dried ponderosa pine and genuine wormwood accent planks between 50 and 250 years old. It is finished with a rich, honey-colored furniture wax to bring the wood grain to life. All iron and hardware is hand-forged with a distressed, rust-colored finish. Every piece is 100% solid wood (no laminates, particle board, or veneers), carries a one-year warranty, and unlike other on-line stores we try to keep all items in constant stock for delivery to your home or office in just 2-3 weeks. Lyon Mexican Rustic Pine Coffee Table. 47"W x 20"H x 23"D. Pine Rustic Pine Collection. New. read more

Hammary
$450.00 $679.00
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The Hammary Mallory Rectangular Coffee Table gives your room that contemporary feel. Plenty of space for coffee table books and yo...ur favorite beverage, the mirrored glass top rests on an attractive brushed nickel metal base. read more

Abbyson Living
$457.99 $729.00
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Abbyson Living Heritage Round Espresso Coffee Table.

Office Star
$179.43 $450.00
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The Office Star Queen Ann Traditional Reception Table features sturdy solid wood construction. The attractive mahogany finish and ...bowed legs complement most office decor. read more

CB2
$279.00
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his transparent new surface floats in the room without taking up permanent visual residency.

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Howard Miller
$655.20 $1,019.00
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Howard Miller - Coffee Tables - 615010 - This transitional coffee table clock is a unique room accent that blends form and functio...n. Distinguished by its scrolled metal frame and antique clock dial under glass table top, the Ravenna will give a distinctive feel to your sofa front. Battery-operated quartz clock movement and a burnt umber finish with gold highlights. Coffee Table Clock features solid iron frame construction and round glass top Coffee Table Clock has a burnt umber finish with gold highlights Coffee Table Clock features an antique clock dial with large Arabic numerals and black spade hands Gold highlights in center of dial Battery-operated quartz movement for consistent timekeeping Some assembly is required Specifications: Weight: 90 lb Overall dimensions: 17.5 H x 40 W x 40 D read more

Zuo Modern
$644.30 $683.85
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This multicolor distressed natural coffee table by Zuo Modern has an elm wood finish and is from their Sawyer collection. It's the... perfect coffee table to compliment any living room!CategoryTablesColorMulticolor Distressed NaturalFinishElm WoodProduct CoverMetalStackableNoAssembly RequiredYesWeight47.3 lbs.Length35.4 inchesWidth47 inchesHeight18.5 inches read more

Zuo Modern

This distressed natural square coffee table by Zuo Modern has an elm wood finish and is from their Gilman collection. It's the per...fect square coffee table to compliment any living room!CategoryTablesColorDistressed NaturalFinishElm WoodProduct CoverMetalStackableNoAssembly RequiredYesWeight33 lbs.Length35.4 inchesWidth35.4 inchesHeight15.7 inches read more

Zuo Modern

This clear glass coffee table by Zuo Modern has an tempered glass finish and is from their Campaign collection. It's the perfect c...offee table to compliment any living room!CategoryOccasionalColorClear GlassFinishTempered GlassStackableNoAssembly RequiredNoWeight88 lbs.Length39.6 inchesWidth39.6 inchesHeight14.7 inches read more

Zuo Modern

This clear glass coffee table by Zuo Modern has an tempered glass finish and is from their Circuit collection. It's the perfect co...ffee table to compliment any living room!CategoryOccasionalColorClear GlassFinishTempered GlassStackableNoAssembly RequiredNoWeight88 lbs.Length39 inchesWidth39 inchesHeight15.4 inches read more

Zuo Modern

This clear glass coffee table by Zuo Modern has an tempered glass finish and is from their Sojourn collection. It's the perfect co...ffee table to compliment any living room!CategoryOccasionalColorClear GlassFinishTempered GlassStackableNoAssembly RequiredNoWeight237.6 lbs.Length39.3 inchesWidth39.3 inchesHeight16 inches read more

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 talleró20-22 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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Hammary
$450.00 $679.00
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The Hammary Mallory Rectangular Coffee Table gives your room that contemporary feel. Plenty of space for coffee table books and yo...ur favorite beverage, the mirrored glass top rests on an attractive brushed nickel metal base. read more

Mallory Mirror Rectangular Coffee Table
Abbyson Living
$457.99 $729.00
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Abbyson Living Heritage Round Espresso Coffee Table.

Heritage Oak Round Coffee Table
Office Star
$179.43 $450.00
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The Office Star Queen Ann Traditional Reception Table features sturdy solid wood construction. The attractive mahogany finish and ...bowed legs complement most office decor. read more

Queen Ann Traditional Reception Table - Coffee Table
Howard Miller
$655.20 $1,019.00
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Howard Miller - Coffee Tables - 615010 - This transitional coffee table clock is a unique room accent that blends form and functio...n. Distinguished by its scrolled metal frame and antique clock dial under glass table top, the Ravenna will give a distinctive feel to your sofa front. Battery-operated quartz clock movement and a burnt umber finish with gold highlights. Coffee Table Clock features solid iron frame construction and round glass top Coffee Table Clock has a burnt umber finish with gold highlights Coffee Table Clock features an antique clock dial with large Arabic numerals and black spade hands Gold highlights in center of dial Battery-operated quartz movement for consistent timekeeping Some assembly is required Specifications: Weight: 90 lb Overall dimensions: 17.5 H x 40 W x 40 D read more

Ravenna Round Coffee Table Clock - 615010
Crate & Barrel
$499.00 $799.00
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Crisp clean lines, pale shades of teak, ample open shelf, and all that glass combine to create a light, airy, contemporary living ...room centerpiece. Lower shelf of handsome hardwood, along with coffee table books and decorative touches, are on full view thanks to framed inset glass top. Peg dowels brace corners, adding subtle style accent. -Solid teak frame with clear topcoat -Inset glass top -Protect from heat and liquids -Avoid direct sunlight; for indoor use only -Dust with soft dry cloth, clean glass with glass cleaner -Conditioning with teak oil not recommended -Made in Indonesia read more

Crate and Barrel Structure Rectangular Coffee Table
LexMod
$401.00 $831.75
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Lippa 42" Walnut Coffee Table in Walnut Veneer - Reflecting a seamless organic shape and timeless form, the Lippa dining table has... become a symbol of modernism for over the past 60 years. Before its release, homes were filled with clunky remnants of an industrial age long gone by. But in order to advance into the new world, homes first had to transition from the traditional square table, into a piece that connoted progress. The base and dimensions are true to the original specifications, while the table??????s oval-shaped walnut veneer top, and tapered metal base, are carefully lacquered with a scratch and chip resistant finish. Set Includes: One - Lippa 42" Coffee Table Oval-Shaped Top, Scratch and Chip Resistant Finish, Powder-Coated Metal Base, Walnut Veneer Overall Product Dimensions: 42"L x 27.5"W x 15.5"H Floor to underside of table: 14.5"H Thickness of table top: 1"H Width of legs: 20"W - Mid Century Modern Furniture. read more

Lippa 42" Walnut Coffee Table in Walnut Veneer LexMod
LexMod
$422.25 $855.00
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Lippa 42" Oval-Shaped Artificial Marble Coffee Table in White - Reflecting a seamless organic shape and timeless form, the Lippa c...offee table has become a symbol of modernism for over the past 60 years. Before its release, homes were filled with clunky remnants of an industrial age long gone by. But in order to advance into the new world, homes first had to transition from the traditional square table, into a piece that connoted progress. The base and dimensions are true to the original specifications, while the table??????s oval-shaped artifical marble top, and tapered metal base, are carefully lacquered with a scratch and chip resistant finish. Set Includes: One - Lippa 42" Marble Coffee Table Oval-Shaped Artificial Marble Top, Scratch and Chip Resistant Finish, Laquered Metal Base Overall Product Dimensions: 42"L x 27.5"W x 16.5"H Floor to underside of Table: 14.5"H Table Top Thickness: 1.5"H - Mid Century Modern Furniture. read more

Lippa 42" Oval-Shaped Artificial Marble Coffee Table in White LexMod
LexMod
$360.00 $738.00
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Lippa 42" Oval-Shaped Wood Top Coffee Table in White - Reflecting a seamless organic shape and timeless form, the Lippa coffee tab...le has become a symbol of modernism for over the past 60 years. Before its release, homes were filled with clunky remnants of an industrial age long gone by. But in order to advance into the new world, homes first had to transition from the traditional square table, into a piece that connoted progress. The base and dimensions are true to the original specifications, while the table??????s oval-shaped white top, and tapered metal base, are carefully lacquered with a scratch and chip resistant finish. Set Includes: One - Lippa 42" Coffee Table Oval-Shaped Top, Scratch and Chip Resistant Finish, Powder-Coated Metal Base Overall Product Dimensions: 42"L x 27.5"W x 15.5"H Floor to underside of table: 14.5"H Table top thickness: 1"H Width of legs: 23.5"W - Mid Century Modern Furniture. read more

Lippa 42" Oval-Shaped Wood Top Coffee Table in White LexMod
LexMod
$229.00 $381.75
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Omega Coffee Table in White - Depart from sequential logic with the Omega Table. Give rise to visible equanimity as a high gloss w...hite base and tempered glass top guide you to smooth transitions. Vast creative enterprises are within sight as life revolves and evolves daily. Set Includes: One - Omega Coffee Table Ultra modern coffee table, Tempered glass oval top, Ring shaped fiberglass base, High white gloss finish Overall Product Dimensions: 43L x 23.5W x 16H - Mid Century Modern Furniture. read more

Omega Coffee Table in White LexMod
Hayneedle
$139.98 $189.99
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Shop for Tables from Hayneedle.com! Clean lines, simple angular design, and elegantly tapered legs accentuate the timeless appeal ...of the Turner Lift Top Coffee Table - Black, creating an inviting ambience in your living room. Boasting a bold black... read more

Turner Lift Top Coffee Table - Black - WSN01-C-BLACK
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