Many homeowners collect various knick-knacks in a platter on their coffee table. With the Baja Coffee Table from Target, the extra accessory isn’t necessary, since the tabletop doubles as a removable tray. Display anything from books to flower vases on the stylish piece of furniture. If you decide to use the tray alone, simply remove it from the collapsible wooden frame, which folds for easy storage. Available at Target; $79.99.
At once playfully trendy and grown-up, this Omega Coffee Table by Conveniences Concepts is the stuff of a home real estate stager's dream. The sleek, clean lines bring a sense of order, while the geometric cut-outs along the sides of the table create a stylish frame for coffee table books and decor. Though distinct, the table is surprisingly versatile: Display it as a bold accent in the living room or pair it with any of the other shelves and consoles in the Omega line. Available at hayneedle.com; from $79.47.
For the traditionalist, it doesn't get much better than this. This simple and stunning coffee table has all the elegance of solid wood, yet is available at a low price point thanks to its flat-pack, DIY assembly design. Choose from Cherry, Black, and Espresso wood finishes, then click and ship to receive a new coffee table in a week or less. Available at hayneedle.com; from $89.54.
While $100 may not afford you real marble, we'll gladly settle for the faux black-and-white veins on this sophisticated Dorel Living coffee table. Not only is it a fair facsimile, but the brilliant surface hides the best secret: storage. Simply lift the faux marble top using its mechanical hinges to reveal a shallow compartment sized just right for this month's magazines, extra coasters, and chunky remotes. Available on Amazon; $99.
Scratching your head at what to do for your small living room? While many storage tables are bulky, this sleek curved design from Heflin is exactly the opposite. The shiny steel legs and tempered glass top take up very little visual space, meaning you won't crowd your arrangement of furniture. Plus, a black mesh lower shelf offers you room for your monthly magazine subscriptions so that you can keep the 37-inch oval top clear. Available at Wayfair.com; $74.99.
Since ClosetMaid built its reputation on quality, affordable organization products, you may not have realized the company also makes furniture too. Well, it does—and here, too, ClosetMaid applies the same focus on fusing function and value that made it a household name. The coffee table, sitting on legs of powder-coated steel, comes with a deceptively generous amount of cubby storage built right in. Available on Amazon; $75.99.
A Cool Classic
The Avey Classic Coffee Table isn’t fussing around with its design. A sturdy steel frame supports a rich, dark wood-finished top for an effortlessly cool look. With straight lines and open space below, this table won’t overwhelm or clutter a small space. It serves its purpose while still looking good. Available at Wayfair; $72.99.
The Phoebe Coffee Table by Langley Street is a simple design that still manages to make an impact. Borrowing looks from the mid-century modern design era, the piano white top and light wood legs add a burst of brightness to any room. Easy to assemble—just screw the legs to the base—and easy to clean, we suspect you’ll feel satisfied with your decision to purchase this modern masterpiece. Available at Wayfair; $139.99.
There’s a reason LACK has been a bestselling furniture line at IKEA for several years. Dozens, if not hundreds of other IKEA mainstays embrace the “no more complicated than it needs to be” principle of modern design—but LACK may be the most elegantly simple of them all. Available in a trio of neutral colors, the spare, angular, endlessly versatile coffee table looks at home almost anywhere. Oh, and you really can’t beat the price. Available at IKEA; $24.99.
If you’re seeking a simple and functional piece, look no further than the Mission Natural Coffee Table from Target. The rubberwood table relies on the straight lines and accentuated grain of Mission style to achieve an understated natural appearance. The light finish and classic design complements many decor schemes, while the two-tiered structure provides ample room for books, trinkets, serving trays, and tired feet. Available at Target: $79.99.
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