7,220 Contemporary Coffee Tables

With their many uses, coffee tables have become a must-have living room staple. A coffee table is a place to set drinks, stash magazines, organize remotes or display fun tabletop accessories. Because of its central placement, it easily becomes a focal point in any room, so you want to be sure it fits your contemporary space. With so many options to choose from, it's easy to find one that's just right. Are you looking for storage? Try an ottoman coffee table or trunk coffee table. Want a shape that fits your space perfectly? Try a round coffee table for smaller spaces or a large square coffee table to pair with an oversized sectional. More 
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When considering your contemporary coffee table options, keep in mind the following tips:

What style coffee table will work best for my needs?

To determine this, think about how you’ll be using it. If you love to entertain, you may want a circular or elliptical shape to encourage guests to gather around. If you’re trying to create a center focal point to your furnishing arrangement, a square table works well to unify different seating areas. Looking to add storage? Seek out a piece with lift tops, low shelves or drawers. An oversized storage ottoman is also a stylish and functional option. Want one that displays decorative items but doesn’t make a loud statement? Consider a glass table: they’re easy to maintain and will blend in with the surroundings.

What size cocktail table should I purchase?

Proportion is key to unifying your table to the rest of the room’s décor. If you’re shopping for a classic rectangular coffee table, it should measure no more than two-thirds the sofa’s total length and allow two to three feet between it and the surrounding furniture. In general, the height should be approximately the same as the sofa’s cushions to create a comfortable reach. If your space is tight, you may want to consider a round coffee table. Without sharp edges, they’re easier to walk around if the surrounding furniture is closer than usual.

What material works best for coffee tables?

These furniture pieces tend to get a lot of use, so good quality should definitely be a standard when you’re comparing different options. A solid wood table is almost always a beneficial choice: durable and versatile, they can withstand the wear-and-tear of daily use. Glass or acrylic tend to get pricier, but are long-lasting and timeless. For particularly budget-friendly options, consider treated wicker, reed and bamboo: they’re sturdy materials that come with an affordable price tag.

What can I do to protect my coffee table’s condition?

Buy inexpensive coasters; they have the power to maintain your piece's pristine condition for years to come. Regardless of whether your table is carefully sealed, water rings have a way of leaving their mark. Watch out for wayward feet as well: sweaty socks can leave unsightly marks, so keep throw pillows or magazines near for coverage.
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