The best coffee tables you can buy: practical, on-trend, and on-budget

The 25 best coffee tables on the Real Homes team's radar: round, rectangular, glass, wooden, storage, and lift-top, we've tracked down the best affordable designs to shop today

A modern round wooden coffee table in a contemporary living room with white sofa
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Finding one of the best coffee tables to complement your interior style is the finishing touch to creating a swoon-worthy living room.

You might have nailed investing in the right sofa – if not make sure to check out our guides to the best couches for all budgets – but once you're snuggled up and ready for a Netflix binge you'll soon find you're in need of a surface to rest those all-important snacks and drinks.

Plus, this key piece of accent furniture is a great way to inject some style and personality into a room. Think getting your coffee table scaping game on point with some artfully piled coffee table books, a vase of flowers, and decorative boxes to hide away the remote and anything less Insta-friendly!

However, finding a coffee table that's big or small enough, nails the decor look you're going for, and comes in on budget can be a harder task than we might first think; trust us, we've done the scrolling. 

That's where we're here to help with a round-up of the best coffee tables on the Real Homes team's radar, whether you're looking for a round coffee table, a lift-top coffee table with storage, or a black, gold, glass, or marble option, we got you.

The best coffee tables for on-trend, practical, and affordable design

Best round coffee tables

A round coffee table can be a clever trick to utilize in a small living room as those curved edges keep the eye moving around the room rather than coming to an abrupt halt against the straight edges of a square or rectangular option. The lack of hard corners also makes them family-friendly choice, and they'll add some statement sculptural style to your decor.

Two black nesting round coffee tables

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1. Novogratz Athena Nesting Tables

Table 1: H18 x W33 x D33”, Table 2: H23 x W20 D20" | Color options: 2
Available in faux black with black legs or faux white marble with contrasting gold hardware, this set of two round nesting coffee tables are technically lozenge shaped, which makes them ideal for use in a smaller living room where you might struggle to accommodate the diameter of a larger circular table. Use together to create a dual height tablescape, or separately to create surfaces everyone can reach.

A round gold coffee table with two glass tiers

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2. Joss & Main Magdalen Coffee Table

Table: H17 x W36 x D36" | Color options: 5
If you want to create a glamorous look then this gold-framed round glass coffee table nails the luxe look – and without a luxury price tag to match. The two-tiered design is perfect for keeping all of the living room essentials within easy reach whilst saving on space, and the glass design is a brilliant choice for a smaller room as it adds storage space without appearing bulky or blocking the view of the room. Gold not your thing? It also comes with a black, silver, white, or vibrant 'Mykonos' blue frame.

A round black coffee table with rattan top

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3. Joss & Main Kutcher Solid Wood Coffee Table

Table: H17 x W36 x D36"| Color options: 2
The Japandi interior trend – blending clean-lined Scandinavian design with the minimal, organic feel of traditional Japanese furniture – shows no signs of slowing, and this black coffee table with iron legs and black-painted solid wood circular frame inset with a natural-colored woven cane top nails the look perfectly. There's also a natural mango wood frame with contrasting gold legs available if you prefer a lighter look.

A wicker-effect round coffee table

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4. Joss & Main Ava Rattan/Wicker Drum Coffee Table

Table: H18 x W31.5 x D31.5"| Color options: 1
This natural wicker coffee table will create a sculptural centrepiece in front of the sofa, with its open weave adding an organic, textural feel. Use it to add some tropical beach style to a coastal-inspired interior, or enhance the look of a rustic or bohemian-styled living room thanks to its laidback charm.

Best coffee tables with storage

It's all too easy for any type of surface within the home to become a dumping ground, and the coffee table is no exception. Opting for a coffee table with storage will help to keep the TV remote, charging cables, and any other unsightly essentials out of view when they're not in use, and, of course, a storage coffee table is the perfect addition to a small home, where multifunctional furniture with hidden storage is the key to maximizing space.

A wooden-effect sled coffee table

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5. Foundstone Scot Sled Coffee Table with Storage

Table: H18 x W42 x D22'' | Color options: 3
Equal parts open and closed storage, this contemporary rectangular coffee table allows you to hide the non-Instagram-friendly essentials whilst displaying some of your favorite finds. The black powder-coated sled base lifts the cupboard section away from the floor to eliminate bulk, and three color options offer plenty of style choices.

A round black storage coffee table with mango wood lid

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6. Ailsa Industrial Mango Wood and Iron Coffee Table

Table: H15 x W27 x D27" | Color options: 1
This round storage coffee table incorporates a striking black powder-coated base with a hand-sawn wooden tabletop to create a modern industrial-inspired design. What's more, the hinged tabletop lifts up to reveal hidden storage inside the drum base; perfect for stashing any untidy mess out of sight – although this design does mean you'll need to clear the tabletop first before accessing what's inside.

A wooden coffee table with storage

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7. Joss & Main Mccollister Solid Wood Storage Lift-Top Coffee Table

Table: H17' x W46 x D15'' | Color options: 1
Crafted from solid mango wood, this blanket box-style storage coffee table offers a rustic look that's perfect for a farmhouse-inspired living room, although that textural wood grain also works well to add an organic contrast to a more modern decor scheme. Best of all, the lift top opens to reveal a whole host of storage space, creating a versatile piece that works just as well to provide some extra seating, for use as a storage box for the foot of the bed, or to create a useful hallway storage bench.

A modern storage coffee table

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8. Modway Origin Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table

Table: H14 x W47 x D23" | Color options: 2
Available in walnut veneer with contrasting white drawers, or a light wood finish with grey drawers, this statement storage coffee table is a modern mix of mid-Century and contemporary design. The full extension drawers offer plenty of space for stashing all sorts of paraphernalia, from the latest magazines to tech cables and media remotes.

A black and wood storage coffee table

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9. Baxton Studio Lilith Black and Oak 3-Tier Coffee Table

Table: H20.5 x W36 x D20" | Color options: 1
This modern black coffee table offers plenty of storage, with two tiers of partially concealed shelving allowing you to hide the bits you don't want on show, and proudly display those you do. The contemporary wrap-around black frame is softened by the light oak-veneered shelving and tabletop, whilst the metal hairpin legs counteract the heavier top to add a minimalist touch.

Best rectangular coffee tables

Perhaps the classic coffee table look, a rectangular coffee table works well in almost all settings – as long as you have the space to play with. They're perfect for rooms that are short on depth, and make the best coffee tables for a sectional sofa configuration (as long as you get your measurements right!), slotting neatly into the area alongside the chaise.

A black glass rectangular coffee table

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10. Wade Logan Nave 4 Legs Coffee Table with Storage

Table: H17 x W45/54 x D20/24" | Color options: 4
A glass coffee is a versatile option that works well in a variety of settings, and with two widths available – choose from 45" or 54" depending on the size of your couch – alongside four colorways, this option is even more versatile than most. The two-tier design means you can display some of your favorite objects, or just enjoy more space for piling the snacks, whilst the black, brass, silver, or white-framed design adds simple and elegant style.

A mid-Century style wooden coffee table

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11. Mercury Row Mccurley Coffee Table with Storage

Table: H19 x W47 x D24'' | Color options: 1
Constructed from solid rubberwood with a rich walnut brown veneer, this mid-Century inspired rectangular coffee table works well to complement retro decor, whilst being just as at home in a modern setting. The two open cubbies (great for storing magazines, remote controls, and books) rest atop four angled and tapering legs that lift the table surface high off the floor; perfect for optimizing feelings of spaciousness in a smaller room.

A classic rectangular coffee table

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12. Novogratz Brittany Coffee Table

Table: H18 x W47 x D26” | Color options: 1
A solid wood coffee table doesn't come cheap – after all, trees take a long time to grow! – but if you're after the look for less, then this walnut veneered option could be a winner. The classic rectangular design is softened by rounded tabletop corners (great for families with kids) and mid-Century style tapered legs. Plus, there's handy double-tier shelving to allow you to place magazines, the TV remote, and any other living room essentials below eye level.

A wooden storage coffee table with high legs

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13. Mercury Row Andersen Coffee Table with Storage

Table: H18 x W48 x D24" | Color options: 1
A rectangular coffee table that also offers some useful storage in its tabletop drawers, the Anderson coffee table delivers both function and style. Constructed from a mix of solid and engineered wood, its warm tones complement a range of decor styles, with the slender, tapered legs and simple design working in either a clean-lined Scandinavian setting, or a mid-Century retro styled room.

Best black coffee tables

A black coffee table is always a sure-fire bet. Solid black accent furniture helps to ground a space and provides a contrast to lighter furnishings, whilst opting for a bold shape in this colorway makes for a statement focal point.

A modern black coffee table

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14. Safavieh Lenna Black Metal Coffee Table

Coffee table: H15.3 x W31 x D28'' | Color options: 1
This unusually-shaped modern black coffee table is sure to create a focal point in the living room with its statement sculptural style. Its sweeping curves and retro hairpin legs with a black powder-coated finish make for a dramatic look, but the good news is that its small proportions and high-legged design also make it a really practical option for a smaller space. Sounds like a win-win formula to us.

A square black-framed glass coffee table

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15. Joss & Main Duran Storage Coffee Table

Table: H17 x W32 x D32'' | Color options: 1
A square coffee table does require a living room with enough depth to avoid it feeling cramped, but it can be a great option for use next to a sofa with a narrow width. This two-tiered glass option allows you to artfully display some of the best coffee table books underneath the glass tabletop, with the clean-lined design lending a minimalist vibe to a modern decor scheme.

A black and cane Japandi coffee table

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16. Harmati Coffee Table

Coffee table: H18 x W17 x L39'' | Color options: 1
At a super affordable price point, the Atelier coffee table is both bohemian and modern in its look, making it an easy addition to pretty much any living space. The Japandi feel, with mixed tones of black wood and rattan accents, adds interest while the brass feet give it a dash of sophistication. The narrow lozenge shape is also perfect for smaller spaces, whilst the split-level design offers plenty of storage space.

A black metal coffee table with wooden top

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17. Carbon Loft Chessor Black and Natural Wood Cage Coffee Table

Table: H18 x W30 x D30" | Color options: 1
A great option for a modern home, this round coffee table combines a black metal drum base with a solid mango wood surface. The on-trend design creates a space-saving option for a smaller living room, whilst the mixed materials will add interest and layering to a living room look – whether you're looking to create a Scandi, industrial, or bohemian vibe.

Best wooden coffee tables

Although a wooden coffee table might be one of the most traditional styles of design, there are plenty of ways to bring this much-loved material bang up to date, whether you opt for an industrial trestle table, mid-Century inspired design, or modern sculptural piece.

A rustic wooden coffee table

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18. Carbon Loft Lawrence Reclaimed Solid Wood 42-inch Coffee Table

Table: H18 x W42 x D24" | Color options: 2
Made from reclaimed wood, this robust trestle coffee table works well in a farmhouse-style living room, or a more industrial-styled space. The rugged design, that sees natural or gray-toned wood fused with rectangular matt black steel pillar legs, offers useful two-tier shelves, and a good mid-sized scale that makes it easy to work into a variety of living room set-ups.

A pair of walnut-effect coffee tables

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19. Castlery Vincent Coffee Table Set

Table 1: H19 x W20 x D19", Table 2: H15 x W20" x D34" | Color options: 2
This set of two small mid-Century inspired coffee tables is available in either a solid oak wood that's perfect for a Scandinavian look, or a darker solid American walnut wood option that adds some moody Mad Men vibes. The graceful curves lead your eye around the room, whilst adding a sculptural quality alongside some useful practicality.

A rustic wooden storage coffee table

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20. Trent Auston Jorgenson 4 Legs Coffee Table with Storage

Table: H18 x W42 x D23'' | Color options: 1
Crafted from solid reclaimed fir wood, this modern wooden coffee table has useful proportions and two open cubbies that can be styled up with magazines and coffee table books, or used to stash the TV remote out of view. Black-finished iron hairpin legs give a nod to industrial style, and also offer height, eliminating the bulk that the otherwise rustic design might add to a room.

A round wooden coffee table

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21. Poly and Bark Goa Coffee Table

Table: H12 x W36 x D36'' | Color options: 3
Crafted from kiln-dried mango wood, this sculptural solid wood coffee table is sure to make a statement. Available in either natural, burnt umber, or walnut tones, each piece features a natural finish with varying grain detail for a unique look. Use the solid rounded shape to contrast with angled furniture, or to ground a lighter color scheme.

Best lift-top coffee tables

A lift-coffee table is likely to be more of an investment than a regular coffee table, but if you're a convert to a work-from-home lifestyle, or have a small living room and want to maximize your use of space, then this hardworking, multipurpose piece of furniture is easily worth the price tag. Surf the net without the bad back, stash away unsightly essentials, and enjoy dinner and a movie from the comfort of the couch.

A solid wood lift-top coffee table with storage

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22. Joss & Main Rowley Solid Wood Storage Lift-Top Coffee Table

Table: H16 x W36 x D24'' | Color options: 4
Sleek, contemporary, and available in four attractive finishes, this solid mango wood coffee table set on an angular stainless steel sled frame isn't just a looker, it also hides a multitude of multifunctional delights. Whether you opt for the natural mango wood, walnut, black, or grey finish, each option offers a generous lift-top shelf with a hidden storage compartment, alongside an interior shelf that lets you display books, decorative objects, or just stash the remote out of view.

A wooden lift-top coffee table

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23. George Oliver Grossi Lift Top Coffee Table with Storage

Table: H17 x L39 x D20'' | Color options: 2
Available in a rustic oak or charcoal black finish, this compact lift-top coffee table is a great option if you want all the benefits of a raised working or eating surface, plus hidden storage, without a large footprint. The boxy design also features two slim cubby holes that are ideal for stashing your favorite coffee table books, or some work-from-home essentials.

A black lift-top storage coffee table

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24. Raymour & Flanigan Sloane Rectangular Lift-top Cocktail Table

Table: H18.5 x W48 x D26" | Color options: 1
If you're looking to make a modern statement then the striking contemporary design of the Sloane coffee table will fit the bill. The bow-shaped chrome frame contrasted with the dark espresso-finished hardwood gives it a sleek, sculptural look, and in terms of functionality, the table boasts not one but three hidden storage compartments alongside central lift top section; ideal for home office organization with a difference.

A mid-Century style lift-top coffee table with storage

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25. Moreno Mango Wood Industrial Lift-Top Coffee Table

Table: H25 x W48 x D24" | Color options: 5
A great looking coffee table and functional work space in one, this mid-Century inspired piece is the perfect investment for the design-conscious. Made from solid mango wood and sporting trendy hairpin legs, it's a lift-top solution that doesn't sacrifice on style. Plus, as well as internal storage and the lift up shelf, it also features two open compartments for stacking books or displaying decorative objects, and it's available in five versatile colorways.

Coffee tables: buying advice

If you've ever tried to make the most of your living room without one, then you'll know first hand that a coffee table is a practical essential, offering somewhere to rest the TV remote, perch a plate, and make sure everything you need for movie night is close to hand. 

But with hundreds of designs to choose from, which is the right fit for your living room. We aim to help shed some light...

What's the best style of coffee table for your home?

Obviously, the style of coffee table that you opt for is going to need to fit with your decor, but beyond whether it's a modern coffee table with minimalist aesthetics or a midcentury coffee table with retro vibes that you're trying to track down, there are a few other key considerations that can make or break getting this purchase right. 

Firstly, size. It may sound obvious, but before you fall in love with your dream coffee table, you need to do the (yes, boring) job of checking your measurements. 

After all, it's not enough that a coffee table fits into your living room space, it also needs to be the right size that you can move comfortably around it, allow enough space to open and close drawers and doors if it's a storage coffee table, and to be in proportion with the rest of your furniture. 

As a general rule of thumb, you're going to want to go for a coffee table that's about two-thirds the width of your sofa as a maximum. This should allow enough space to walk comfortably either side of it to access the couch, although laying out newsprint in the dimensions of the coffee table you're considering can be a great a way to get a feel for how much floor space it will take up.

You can go smaller too of course, but you'll want to ensure a small coffee table doesn't feel too lost in a larger space. Sticking with the thirds rule will work well here too, so opting for a smaller coffee table that's roughly one third the width of your sofa can work just as well, as can a coffee table that's approximately half the size of the sofas width.

You'll also want to consider access dimensions, as, annoyingly, it isn't just the space in your living room you'll need to measure up for, you also need to get your new coffee table through doorways and, potentially, up some flights of stairs and around corners before you get it into place. Most coffee tables are likely to have legs that disassemble to make this easier, but it's always worth double checking if you have trickier access to navigate.

A modern coffee table with sculptural base

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Next up there's the coffee table height to think about. A low to the ground coffee table can be great for a modern home, and also work well in a smaller living room as it won't block the view to the couch, so makes a room feel larger. However, if you're sofa seating is on the taller side, make sure to check just how low that coffee table surface will be, and if it's a comfortable height to easily reach for a drink, or keep snacks out of the way of inquisitive pets!

A round wood coffee table in a bohemian style living room

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And then there's some design trickery to factor in. 

If you're furnishing a small living room then you will know that every inch counts, and there are various 'tricks' you can employ to make the best use of a compact space when adding a coffee table.

Storage is every small homeowner or renter's best friend, and opting for a storage or lift-top coffee table means added multifunctionality to stash some clutter, because as we all know, clear surfaces and a minimal approach will help to prevent smaller spaces from feeling overwhelmed.

You can also factor in materials. Opting for a glass coffee table will help to make a small room look bigger as it won't block the view across the room; resulting in some valuable extra 'visual' square footage.

A high-legged design will also add similar extra floorspace, allowing your eye to travel under the furniture to make petite proportions seem larger.

In a larger living room, a bulkier or low-to-the-ground coffee table will help to ground the space, providing an anchor point that seating can be arranged around. Solid wood or a darker all-black coffee table can be a useful tool to lend some drama to a bigger space, and to create a focal point that will provide a visual resting point.

A round black coffee table in front of a curved white sofa in a modern living room

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Amy Lockwood
Amy Lockwood

After completing a major house renovation, Amy discovered what she had always suspected; that decorating is the best part. She joined the Real Homes team to share her love for all things interior, finally putting all those hours spent agonizing over the best white paint to good use in Real Homes’ carefully researched buying guides, and helping readers to find the best furniture, decor, and furnishings to create the home they've always dreamed of.