Coffee Table Ideas for Small Spaces

Learn how to choose a perfect coffee table for your small living room Written by : Roomdsign.com Editors | Last Updated : January 21st, 2022

When it comes to small spaces, every single piece of furniture should be chosen carefully. And that’s why setting up the furniture and decorating small spaces is way harder compared to any normal-size room. But don’t worry, those hard work will still bring worthy results as long as you do the right things.

One essential way to achieve the perfect result for any small space is to limit the number of furnishings inside the room. So, you must eliminate any items that don’t really need, or at least, have a minimal impact in terms of functionality, and keep only the essential ones.

In a small living room, one item that can be very tricky is the coffee table. While some people may decide to leave it out and don’t use any coffee table to save the limited spaces, some others think that this is a staple item that should be present in any living space, no matter how small the living room is. And if you agree on the latter, we will give you some coffee table ideas that will work wonders in any small space.

Best Coffee Table for Small Spaces

Small Coffee Table

The simplest and most straightforward approach for the small living room is by choosing a small coffee table. This kind of coffee table can easily fit into any limited space, thus it won’t take a lot of important floor area inside your living room. While still bringing the basic functions of any typical coffee table.

Here are two great examples of small coffee tables that will fit nicely inside any small living room :

Oslo Bean Shaped Coffee Table by Convenience Concepts

Compact bean shaped coffee table
Compact bean shaped coffee table

This coffee table had a relatively small size compared to any typical table, however, it can still bring plenty of top area for you not only to put any beverages or snacks but also can be used to put any decoration items to improve the overall looks of your living room.

In terms of visual appearance, this unique table can provide a touch of beautiful modern mid-century style to any living room.

Simple Modern Coffee Table by Ameriwood Home

Small simple modern coffee table
Small simple modern coffee table

For you who want to keep your small space minimalist, then this small coffee table can be a great option for you. The design of this table is quite simple, but thank’s to the sleek finishes, this table looks amazing in a stylish contemporary touch.

Furthermore, although it’s small in size, this table is quite sturdy and can handle even any heavy objects such as decorative vases.


Nested Coffee Table

Another great coffee table alternative for a small living room is a nested coffee table. This kind of coffee table can offer plenty of functionality, while when not in use, you can put one below the others so you can regain and use the precious floor area for other things/items.

Below are two of our favorite nested coffee tables that we often used in our projects :

Minimalist Bamboo Nesting Coffee Table by Bameos Store

Minimalist nested coffee table
Minimalist nested coffee table

This awesome coffee table not only offers plenty of flexibility where you can align them as you need but also can give a unique visual touch to your seating area, thank’s to the stylish yet minimalistic design.

Combining bamboo legs with a solid MDF panel top, this table combines a natural look with a modern touch.

Round Wooden Nesting Coffee Table by Nathan James

Round wooden nested coffee table
Round wooden nested coffee table

In terms of design, this table is quite typical of any other round wooden coffee table. But thank’s to its bold finishing, this table can stand out elegantly to make a big difference for any living room.

The beautiful combination of wooden top with industrial metal legs becomes another interesting point that makes this item looks way better than any other similar table.


Expandable Coffee Table

Thank’s to the innovator out there that thinks out of the box and create innovative furniture such as an expandable coffee table so we can still have a table with normal functionality when it’s needed, and fold it up when not in used to gives back the important floor area in the small living room.

However, since this kind of design is relatively new, the options are quite limited. But don’t worry, there are some great choices that you can buy for your living room, such as these two awesome tables:

Square Rotating Wooden Coffee Table by Christopher Knight Home

Square wood rotating coffee table
Square wood rotating coffee table

This coffee table goes beyond its main function as any typical table, but it can also become an interesting item that brings artistic modern looks to make your living room much more attractive.

To get additional table spaces, you can easily rotate the top and second layer of the table, and adjust them as you need.

Modern Glossy Oval Rotating Table by Christopher Knight

White glossy oval rotating coffee table
White glossy oval rotating coffee table

For you who prefer modern, contemporary looks, then this can be a great choice for you. This table had the same principle as previous ones but comes with a beautiful oval shape that bring a dynamic look.

Last but not least, its gorgeous glossy finishes will reflect a lot of lights that will really helpful for any small spaces not only to make the entire spaces feel a bit brighter but can also make the living room visually feels a bit more spacious.


Glass Coffee Table

Physically, the glass coffee table is quite similar to another coffee table, but visually, our eyes can see right through it to the other side and avoid the table making the living room feel cramped and crowded.

Of course, the best option is the coffee table that comes with full-glass materials, but even a glass-top table can also make a really big difference.

Full Tempered Glass Coffee Table by Tangkula

Full glass coffee table
Full glass coffee table

This table blends a perfect combination of sleek, minimalist design with strong, sturdy tempered glass. Thus, although it’s made entirely from glass, this table had a similar strength as any typical coffee table, so you don’t need to worry to put any objects above it.

The clear and transparent looks of this table can manipulate our eyes and makes your seating area feel larger.

Modern Glass Top Table with Chrome Legs by King’s Brand

Simple modern glass top coffee table
Simple modern glass top coffee table

This table may not be made entirely by glass such as the previous option, but still, can be useful for any small spaces thank’s to its clear glass top and simple, sleek design.

Moreover, the chrome legs look like a mirror that will help reflect lights and objects around it and again, can be a great benefit when it comes to small spaces.


Coffee Table with Stool/Ottoman

Sometimes, any small homeowners may be confused to choose whether they want to add a coffee table or additional seating to accommodate more guests or family inside their living room.

Why not both? You can achieve this easily by using any coffee table that is built-in with an ottoman/stool, or using any table that is high enough to put or hide any stool below it when not in use.

Ottoman Bench with Tray Top by Simlihome

Ottoman bench with table top
Ottoman bench with table top

This is a great example of a coffee table that can also serve as additional seating. Although the main purpose of this item is as an ottoman, it had a removable tray top that you can use as a table.

And if you need the extra seating spaces, you can easily remove the tray and it can work as a typical ottoman bench.

Modern Wood Coffee Table by Angioo Store

Modern wooden coffee table with stool
Modern wooden coffee table with stool

Actually, this is just a typical coffee table. But it has an adequate amount of height so you can easily put any small ottoman or stool below it, just like the example above.


Coffee Table with Lot of Storage

The most important thing when deciding on any furniture for small spaces is to make sure every single item had more than one function, or in other words, it should have more additional features in addition to its main functionality. For you who need additional storage inside your living room, then any coffee table that had plenty of storage can be a perfect choice.

Moreover, those kinds of table not only works like a typical table but also can help you reduce the needs of any cabinets so you can save a lot of precious spaces inside your living room.

A-Frame 3-Tier Modern Farmhouse Coffee Table by Walker Edison Store

3-tiers wooden coffee table
3-tiers wooden coffee table

This modern farmhouse-style coffee table had 3 different tiers so it offers plenty of storage spaces to accommodate your needs. For the top, you can use it to put any snacks, beverages, or decoration items.

For the middle, you can organize your favorite books, while at the bottom, you can put any blanket to make them easy to reach when needed.

Farmhouse Lift Top Coffee Table by Signature Design

Farmhouse coffee table with drawers
Farmhouse coffee table with drawers

This is a great example of a multi-functional item that brings plenty of benefits to any small space. Firstly, its lift-top design makes this table can easily transform into a workstation.

Secondly, this table had plenty of drawers that can be used to store and organize a lot of different items. Last but not least, it’s still working properly as any coffee table should.