15 lift top coffee tables: pop up tables with hidden storage

The lift-top coffee tables that will transform your homeworking game by offering an adjustable height work surface, plus, hidden storage

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These lift-top coffee tables are a godsend for anyone who has limited space for home working and still wants to maintain a healthy posture. Lift-top coffee tables look just like ordinary coffee tables, but have a lifting mechanism that allows you to transform your table into a desk for as long as you need. 

The best coffee tables in this edit have it all: functionality, style, and quite a few have lots of additional storage that will help keep your living room well-organized too. 

15 lift top coffee tables for multifunctional living

Lift-top coffee table with classic drawer chest design in white

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1. Breckenridge Lift-Top Coffee Table

Coffee table: H19.5 x W26 x L46" | This highly functional and good-looking coffee table has a lot going for it. Not only does it have a lift-top mechanism, but it also offers ample storage in its four pull-out drawers. The attractive farmhouse design comes in an antique white finish. 

A mahogany-colored lift-top coffee table with storage

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2. Costway Lift Top Coffee Table 

Coffee table: H24.6 x W19.4 x L41.1''| This coffee table is like a whole home office in one. Not only does it boast ample shelving space underneath, there is an additional storage compartment directly beneath the lift top. We like the classic clean lines and deep mahogany finish.

Christopher Knight Home Dual Lift-top Wood Storage Coffee Table

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3. Christopher Knight Home Dual Lift-top Wood Storage Coffee Table

Coffee table: H15.75  x W47.25 D23.5'' | Sharing your makeshift workspace with someone, or just want to use part of your lift-top for decorative purposes? This dual lift-top design is genius. Even the storage space underneath is split in two, making orgainizing easy. 

A round lift-top coffee table with storage and ottomans

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4. Lifting-top Round Modern Coffee Table with Storage

Coffee table: H5.91 x L31.5 x D31.5'' | Prefer a round coffee table? This one combines the compact dimensions of a round table with a lift-top mechanism, making this a very versatile piece. It's also very durable, thanks to the sintered stone used for the top. And with the three ottomans included, it's great value for money. 

A lift top coffee table with metal legs and bottom shelf

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5. North Avenue Lift Top Coffee Table

Coffee table: H18.07 x W37.01 x D17.01'' | A sleek and modern piece that will fit right into any neutrally decorated living room, this coffee table offers the additional benefit of an open bottom shelf – perfect for keeping part of your coffee table decorative. We also really like the sturdy metal frame that adds an industrial touch to the design.

A Mid-century style dark wood coffee table with lift top

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6. Moreno Solid Mango Wood Coffee Table

Coffee table: H25 x 48W x D24" | A gorgeous piece of designer furniture and functional desk in one, this Mid-century style coffee table is the perfect investment for the design-conscious. Made from solid mango wood and sporting trendy hairpin legs, it's the perfect lift-top solution that doesn't sacrifice on style. 

A wicker round coffee table with lift top mechanism

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7. Nobles Lift Top Coffee Table with Storage

Coffee table: H15.75 x L33 x D33'' | The perfect coffee table for those who prefer a more relaxed style but still want the benefits of a lift-top design. The wicker will add boho texture to your living room decor, while the storage inside is handy for extra blankets.

A lift top coffee table with a grooved design and metal detailing

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8. Karlee Lift Top Coffee Table with Storage

Coffee table: H18.622 x L35.669 x D35.354'' | This coffee table is so well-designed that it won't be out of place in a bedroom, or a coastal-themed living room. We really like the grooved finish and metal detailing on the storage drawer, and the chalked finish gives this piece an irresistibly soft and elegant look. 

A contemporary coffee table with lift top design

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9. Sloane Rectangular Lift-top Cocktail Table

Coffee table: H18.5 x W26 x L48" | Make a statement with the striking contemporary design of the Sloane coffee table. The bow-shaped chrome frame gives it a unique look, and the table boasts not one but three hidden storage compartments. Ideal for a perfectly organized home office.

A farmhouse-style lift-top coffee table in warm wood

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10. Heartwood Crossing Wood Lift Top Coffee Table

Coffee table: H18 x W36 x D22'' | A sturdy, traditional build and a rich, warm oak finish make this the perfect lift-top coffee table for farmhouse or traditional decorating schemes. It's made from real oak wood, too, making it well worth the money. 

A lift-top coffee table with side storage, finished in warm dark wood

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11. Grossi Lift Top Coffee Table with Storage

Coffee table: H17.4 x L39.4x D19.7'' | Another dark and characterful Mid-century inspired design, the Grossi lift-top coffee table has a neat storage shelf on the side, giving the whole piece a neat and compact appearance. 

A white coffee table with lift-top contruction

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12. Aspa Lift Top Solid Coffee Table with Storage

Coffee table: H19.2 x L41 x D19.5'' | Every once in a while, a furniture piece comes along that's the perfect combination of sturdy quality, good design, and the perfect price. This coffee table is one such piece – it's crafted from waterproof melamine veneered MDF, and the Shaker design makes it the perfect addition to a classic living room or dining area. 

A dark wood coffee table with storage and lift top construction

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13. Jennifer Storage Lift-Top Coffee Table

Coffee table: H19 x W26 x L44'' | If you want your coffee table to have a lift top and really do the hard work of storing the stuff lying around your living room, we bet this substantial storage coffee table can handle it. We like the rustic detailing on the sides and the dark brown finish. 

A chest-style storage coffee table with lift top construction in white

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14. Carynhurst Coffee Table with Lift Top

Coffee table: H18.25 x W52 x D28" | A charming piece that looks different to anything else you'll find, this treasure chest offers substantial storage, a lift-top design, and a solid pine construction finished in an attractive gray wash.

A solid wood coffee table with walnut finish and lift top contruction

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15. Mariposa Lift Top Coffee Table

Coffee table: H19 x W48 x D24" | An imposing investment piece that will last forever, this coffee table has the elegance of an antique piece, but with the lift-top construction that is so popular for home working. It's crafted from solid rubberwood and finished an acacia wood veneers with a walnut tint. 

Lift-top coffee table: how to choose one for your home

Lift-top coffee tables are a popular option for people with no separate study or home office, as they allow you to sit up straight in front of a screen without needing to get a separate item of furniture. 

What you'll need to think about is what your posture will be like when you're sat in front of this table with the lift top up. We commend always sitting down on your chair or couch and measuring the height you'd like your screen to be at, although if you get it a bit wrong, you can remedy the situation by getting a laptop stand with adjustable heights. 

The other thing to consider is the overall size. A lift-top table won't solve your problems if the table is so large that is swallows up most of the space in your living room. 

Next, consider the style. Some lift-top coffee tables are styled like traditional home office desks, which may clash with your living room style. Others imitate farmhouse dining tables or mid-century pieces, which may be more forgiving if you're not planning to put yours in a designated study/working area. 

If you are planning on putting a heavy monitor on top of your table, you'll need to find out how much weight the lift-top mechanism will take. This will be available in the item specs.

Anna is Content Editor at Real Homes. She moved to the world of interiors from academic research in the field of English Literature and photography. She is the author of London Writing of the 1930s and has a passion for contemporary home decor and gardening. At Real Homes, she covers a range of topics, from practical advice to interior and garden design.