The best coffee tables for any budget

A stylish yet practical addition to any living space, a coffee table can really bring a room together

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Regardless of whether you drink coffee or not, a coffee table is a common staple in most living areas, whether it be the lounge or conservatory, or any space in which you may want to relax with a beverage of some kind. 

A coffee table can fill a space which feels too big, and they are practical as well as stylish in that they are the perfect place for drinks, magazines, newspapers, and the remote to live. Some even come with storage if you like to have everything in its place, and there is a range of style available from wooden to glass to suit your décor. 

Remember that when buying a coffee table, it is likely to get used frequently. In which case, you will want to choose a material that will wear well, or one that you are prepared to maintain. Households with kids may wish to opt for easy-to-clean materials such as glass-tops, or choose to cover a wooden table with a cloth to preserve it. 

The size of your coffee table will also be important depending on the space you wish to put it in. Be sure not to pick a table too big for the space, as this will ultimately make the room look smaller, but too small, and it may look a little out of place. placing your coffee table on top of a rug can create a layered effect which will add warmth and depth to the room. 

We’ve picked out a few different styles of coffee table to suit all budgets and décors. Whether you like minimalist features, classic wooden furniture or bold and unique designs, there is something to cater to everybody. Check out our top picks for your home inspiration. 

west elm Sputnik Coffee Table glass surface with starburst base

1. west elm Sputnik Coffee Table

A statement coffee table that looks like a work of modern art

Best for: Statement piece
Size: HWD 43x73.6CM
Material: Steel/glass
Storage: No
Reasons to buy
+ Unique design + Easy to wipe clean 
Reasons to avoid
- May hurt your eyes after a while 

This coffee table from west elm is certainly a striking design that could be just the thing to add a little character to your space. The glass top sits on a cluster of steel rods which have each been hand crafted and give the illusion of a floating coffee table. The brass finish is very modern and although busy, lends itself to minimalist décor quite nicely. Glass is easy to wipe down, however household with kids may find the rods become a little bit of a safety hazard at times. If you’re looking for something decorative to complete a room, then this is a popular design choice.  

MADE Hooper Storage Coffee Table one piece mid century modern design with tapered metal legs

2. Hooper Storage Coffee Table

A retro design that is easy on the eye

Best for: Simple design
Size: HWD 45x120x50
Material: Walnut veneer, MDF, chrome
Storage: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Soft, curved edges + Storage shelf 
Reasons to avoid
- A little bulky  

This retro style coffee table from MADE pays homage to simple 1960s furniture, with soft, curved edges that make this piece easy on the eye. The wooden effect table is a popular choice among a range of décors for its versatility and handy storage shelf where you can place books and magazines. It is quite a long table, so smaller rooms may be overwhelmed by this coffee table, but for an empty space that needs filling, customers felt the Hooper table added a touch of warmth and practicality to their living area.  

John Lewis Asha Coffee Table round two tiered design with natural wood legs

3. John Lewis Asha Iron Tray Coffee Table

A rustic two-tiered coffee table that won’t take up too much space

Best for: Smaller rooms
Size: HDia 40x84cm
Material: Mango wood, metal
Storage: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Unique wood finish + Two tiers for storage 
Reasons to avoid
- A little small for some 

This tray-style table is made from mango wood which many people are turning to as a modern alternative to pine. The colours are lighter, and very popular in neutral or shabby-chic style decors due to its rustic appeal. Its round shape also makes it a little more accommodating for smaller rooms, but may get lost in larger spaces. Those who have this coffee table find it to be sturdy and stylish and just right for storing things on the bottom and placing drinks on the top.  

MADE Flippa coffee table dark wood with sub surface storage and black legs

4. Flippa Functional Coffee Table with Storage

A large coffee table with storage

Best for: Versatility
Size: HWD 39x120x70
Material: Walnut veneer, steel
Storage: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Extending parts + Solid and sturdy 
Reasons to avoid
- Very big 

If you don’t have a dining table in your home, then you may find the Flippa Functional Coffee table by MADE to be a useful addition to your living space. Whether you’re having dinner in front of the telly or working from home, this large coffee table has extending parts which allow you to use this table in a range of different ways. It also has lots of hidden storage which can keep your living space looking like a showroom when not in use.  

Wayfair Granny Coffee Table white podium with grey wood effect top

5. Granny Coffee Table with Storage

A podium-style table with hidden storage

Best for: Hidden storage
Size: HWD 40x120x60cm
Material: Solid and manufactured wood
Storage: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Easy to wipe clean + Neutral colours 
Reasons to avoid
- Corners are quite sharp 

This coffee table podium in grey is very minimalist but has hidden storage which will help keep the room looking neat and tidy. Simply slide the top across the reveal the hidden storage space, but customers have warned that the edges are quite sharp so if you have children about the house it may not be suitable. The top is easy to wipe clean with warm water and although it doesn’t require some assemble, customers have said this is really quick and easy to do. 

John Lewis Calia Coffee Table solid oak top with black hardware

6. John Lewis Calia Coffee Table

A minimalist coffee table with great build quality

Best for: Minimalist
Size: HWD 40x80x80cm
Material: Solid oak, steel
Storage: No
Reasons to buy
+ Sturdy + Distressed texture 
Reasons to avoid
- Stains easily  

If you don’t want something too big or busy that will overwhelm the room, then you may find that this Calia Coffee Table provides just what you need. It’s solid and sturdy, with a distressed finish on the top that customers say complements most décors. With no storage, it does leave space underneath the table making it an ideal place for children to sit and colour or play with toys. Those who have this coffee table recommend always using coasters as the heat from mugs can easily leave permanent rings on this wood.  

Wayfair Vilabila Coffee Table tempered glass

7. Vilabila Coffee Table

An elegant, barely-there glass coffee table

Best for: Elegance
Size: HWD 38x110x50cm
Material: Tempered glass
Storage: No
Reasons to buy
+ Simple look + Gives the appearance of more space 
Reasons to avoid
- Delicate 

Smaller rooms may find this tempered glass coffee table from Wayfair a practical choice that doesn’t make the space look cramped. Customers found this table to give their living area the illusion of more space due to its transparency, and found the clean, straight edges to add a modern touch to their home. Although pretty strong, glass is still delicate, so it may not be the ideal choice for homes with kids or pets, but for something simple that won’t cramp anyone’s style, this is the coffee table for you.  

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