If you love the look of an upholstered coffee table but you're wondering where you'll place the sodas and popcorn on movie night, consider using a large, flat tray on top. If the tray is deep enough, even if a spill occurs it will most likely be contained within the tray.
Sometimes an upholstered coffee table can seem to take up more space than a wood one. If this is a concern, look for one that's just upholstered on top leaving the area underneath open and spacious.
It's not unusual to see an ottoman doing double duty as a coffee table. Place a tray on top to create a lovely vignette or display.
A toile tray atop an ottoman coffee table creates the perfect spot for your morning tea and some inspirational reading.
The great thing about using an upholstered ottoman as a stand in coffee table is whenever you like, you can roll or scoot it over to any spot in the room for some good ole foot propping.
If you don't have rambunctious teenagers or little ones zipping around your home, go for something really beautiful and tailored. The upholstered ottoman/coffee table in this room is almost a focal point with its gorgeous striped fabric.
If you do have young ones still in the home, or if you tend to be a little accident prone with drinks like me, you could always go with leather upholstery.
Leather is practical and a great choice for an upholstered coffee table. A tray placed on top will give it the stability you need for drinks.
With its mixture of both hard and upholstered surfaces, this coffee table gives you the best of both worlds. No need to add a tray on top because the trays are built right in!
Still not sure if you should go with a wood or upholstered coffee table? A happy medium just might be the woven wicker or rattan coffee table. It's isn't a hard wood surface and isn't exactly upholstered either. I love the extra interest and texture this piece adds to this room.