Coffee table, cocktail table, occasional table … there aren’t many pieces of furniture that have multiple names and uses. When you consider how important (and functional) a great modern coffee table is to a living room, it’s incredible how often it is taken for granted.
The first piece that comes to mind when furnishing a living room is generally a sofa. But without a coffee table, the room — no matter how beautiful — looks incomplete. Metaphorically, think of your sofa as a great outfit and your coffee table as the perfect pair of shoes to go with it.
Take a look around your living room. Is it time for a new coffee table? If so, here are our picks of the best ones out there. They’re fashion forward and practical — and your feet will thank you for bringing one home.
Freshome’s picks for the best modern coffee tables
Dimensions: 37.5″ W x 13.75″ D x 21.25″ H
When lightness is needed in a small or colorful room, the Peekaboo table ($279) is the perfect choice. Why spend money on a beautiful rug to then cover one-third of it with a table? CB2’s designers solved that design problem with the creation of this coffee table.
Image: Design Within Reach
Dimensions: 18.5″ W x 15″ D x 8″ H (small), 21.25″ W x 19″ D x 10″ H (medium), 25″ W x 25″ D x 12″ H (large)
The set of three Eclipse Nesting Tables ($455) is versatile enough to serve as multiple pieces. You can use them together as a multi-level coffee table, or individually as side tables or stools. Available in three wood finishes or white lacquer, there is a tone sure to fit any room. If space is an issue, they can all be tucked away into one.
Dimensions: 35.5″ W x 35.5″ D x 12.5” H (closed)
The Modern Swivel Coffee table ($578) is like a beautiful living room jewelry box. It features storage space in the bottom two levels, while the top two levels rotate 360 degrees for multiple looks. It’s finished in a high-gloss lacquer, with white on top and light and dark shades of gray beneath for a tonal effect.
Image: Room & Board
Dimensions: 46” W x 22″ D x 16” H
The Slim Cocktail Table ($379) comes in 14 colors straight out of a jelly bean jar; a smaller version ($219) is also available. Besides the fun, vibrant color options, the two sizes are designed to work in any space. We especially like the small one (36″ W x 12″ D x 16″ H) for rooms in which space is limited; it also works perfectly as a bench when extra seating is needed.
Image: Blu Dot
Dimensions: 36″ round x 14” H
Wedges of durable, powder-coated steel paired with either walnut (black top) or white ash (white top) wood detailing give this coffee table ($599) some geometric detail. Its five-leg base adds to the table’s stability.
Image: West Elm
Dimensions: 36″ W x 26″ D x 17.75″ H
One of our 2016 New Year’s design resolutions is to declutter. And what better way to do so than by finding a home for everything? The Lacquer Storage Coffee Table ($599) by West Elm has a pop-up top to hide magazines, gadgets and remotes. Got a lot to hide? A 50-inch-wide version also is available.
Image: Crate and Barrel
Dimensions: 47.25″ W x 27.5″ D x 15.75″ H
The Entu coffee table ($899) is made in Indonesia of solid, earth-friendly, FSC-certified teak. Its minimalist but bold shape combines a magazine rack with a coffee table all in one. The shape may be stark, but the warm grain of teak adds an organic feel.
Dimensions: 47.25″ W x 26″ D x 15.75″ H
Combining an easy-to-live-with elongated oval shape with low-maintenance glass and espresso woodgrain-finish legs, the Julie Coffee Table ($148) boasts a modern yet classic design. The glass top reflects light in a room and gives the illusion of a larger, more open area.
Add some polish to your living room with a modern coffee table. Dress it up with a few accessories, such as books or a candle, to complete the look and enjoy your new space.