The concept of the coffee table is somewhat abstract, but it includes several very interesting variants that we have decided to group together on this page or shopping guide. We will help you if you are thinking of buying a coffee table, or simply an auxiliary table to complement the main room of the lounge (and which can be used for snacks, coffee or visits on duty).
On the one hand, we can think of an auxiliary coffee table, a small format, which you can have hidden or concealed in a corner of the lounge, and bring it out only when you are going to need it.
On the other hand, we have the classic coffee tables that are placed next to the sofa or the armchairs in the living room, and that keeps a fixed location within the room. They are more functional and serve for more things, but of course they also act as coffee tables when the occasion requires it.
In this guide, we will try to accommodate all the options, from the (larger) coffee tables to the smaller, more versatile coffee tables. We will also review all the aesthetic options available on the market: original coffee tables, Nordic coffee tables, with different designs, sizes or shapes for all tastes. Let’s have a look at them!
Designer coffee tables
Designer coffee tables, as their name suggests, try to go one step beyond mere practical function, and seek to provide that touch of personality and distinction that we all like to have in the living room or in the room where we place them.
If you are not simply looking for a functional coffee table, but prefer a piece of furniture that is attractive or fits in with your current decor, designer coffee tables are your best option.
As you can see in the next gallery, this set mainly includes modern, original and sometimes surprising coffee tables. There are also several of the popular Nordic style, which nobody knows very well what defines it but which we all quickly identify when we see it.
Round coffee tables
We don’t need to explain how they are different from the rest, do we? Indeed, for some reason we find many rectangular coffee tables (also some square ones, but fewer). However, in certain situations, we are interested in using a round coffee table, which tends to take up less space and apart from that has generally less aggressive lines.
Although there are round coffee tables for all tastes and styles, innovative lines predominate – close to the modern coffee tables we have seen in the previous section – and with style. What most of them have in common is that they are small in size. Many users looking for a small coffee table opt for this format.
Lift coffee tables
This is a type of table that can best be described as liftable coffee tables, and not so much as “coffee tables”. The reason for this is that the lifting mechanism is usually large and complex, and is not implemented on small side tables or the round coffee tables we have seen before.
Lifting coffee tables, as shown in the pictures, are characterised by the fact that they can be lifted up and brought closer to the diners so that they can enjoy their coffee or meals more comfortably. Many also incorporate a space under the table that is fitted out to store objects or decorations that are visible.
Tip: If you’re buying a coffee table that can be raised, take a good look at the dimensions of the table, whether it’s open or closed – just in case.
Coffee Shop Tables
It’s not all going to be domestic coffee tables. This type of table is special for the hotel and catering industry and is larger than the ones used in a home. A coffee shop table should normally accommodate four people, and can be accompanied by their corresponding stools.
It is also important that they have a functional and clean appearance. Ornaments or aesthetic compromises should be put on the back burner.
Coffee shop tables should also have solid feet so that they do not wobble, and leave enough space for customers to stand without disturbing each other.
Of course, you can buy a coffee shop table for your home if you wish (for example for a terrace or garden), but that is not its main purpose. Here are some examples, to see if they work for you:
Industrial style coffee tables
The industrial coffee tables have a very marked and recognisable style. They are functional, but not suitable for all styles. An industrial coffee table is predominantly made of heavy metal, with grids and elements reminiscent of factories, in contrast to rustic woods. As you can see in the image, the set is very attractive, but you should think carefully about how they will look in your living room.
When buying an industrial coffee table you can find rectangular, low and high models, and even hexagonal tables. There is a huge variety, but they do have one common denominator: they are usually bulky. If you are looking for a small coffee table, you should avoid this style.
Rustic coffee tables
The rustic style is dominated by the wood, the aged finishes and the robust appearance. This is transferred to these rustic coffee tables, made with natural materials and which always fit perfectly into a classic or colonial decoration.
If we think of rustic coffee tables, we don’t necessarily have to go for “old” models or outdated designs. Far from it. As you will see in the following examples, the solutions can be diverse, and some, while still having a rustic style, are quite daring. What you will find in almost all of them is a common quality: they are wooden coffee tables.
If you want to buy a rustic style coffee table, at Amazon you have several options at very interesting prices. Like these:
Cheap coffee tables
Okay, okay, not everyone is willing to spend a fortune on a designer or late-model side table, which can sometimes cost more than all the other furniture in the room combined. Sometimes we may simply need a cheap coffee table, which covers a certain space or provides a service at a certain time. In other words, something purely functional.
In that sense, our recommendation will always be small, lightweight coffee tables, with few concessions to aesthetics, and of course made of plastic or synthetic materials.
When it comes to buying a cheap coffee table, we have established a reference of between 20 and 30 pounds approximately. As you can see below, examples of very cheap coffee tables can be found around these prices. But, of course, this figure is always subjective and each user should put the scale of what is (or is not) cheap where he or she is interested.
The aim of this section is simply to show you what types of coffee tables (in terms of design, shapes and sizes) you can find on the market at this price level. From here on, you must complete the search on your own.
Pallet coffee tables
We do not know how to describe this style: if it is rustic (after all, it is still raw wood), if it is industrial, if it is modern, if it is innovative, you better judge for yourself.
The concept of a pallet coffee table is very simple: the pallets are placed at the bottom as legs, and a platform or more polished wooden boards are placed on top to make the table fully functional. Then you can finish the set with different colours and paints, depending on the style you are looking for.
Pallet tables can have different uses, although logically this model is more designed as a coffee side table. However, they can also be used as a TV table, large coffee table, etc.
Ikea coffee tables
Anything related to the furniture or the house will be found at Ikea. So, of course, Ikea coffee tables are no exception. They are small tables that embrace the signs of identity of the Swedish firm: low cost, Nordic design, simple and functional, and total absence of complications.
If you want to buy an Ikea coffee table, you can find several models at Amazon. Here below you can find them. They are all white or black side tables. There are no more. The other option, of course, is to go to a physical Ikea shop, but we know that this is not always possible and not everyone has one near their home.
The best-selling coffee tables in 2021
We end our report with an updated list of the side tables that have been most successful among customers during this year. Once again, there are no surprises in this type of ranking: the cheapest coffee tables are the ones that top the list. There’s a reason for this, don’t you think?