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"When spaces are tight on storage or clients have children, a coffee table can become a crucial place to keep toys and blankets. It’s also a great trick to quickly hide clutter before company arrives," says interior designer Maiya Kathryn.
Many items that we tend to keep in the living room, like throw blankets, remotes, toys, and little knick knacks, certainly don't need to be displayed 24/7, but we often want them within arm's reach when we need them. That's why a coffee table with some storage space can be so helpful.
These days, there are lots of coffee tables that provide living room storage, ranging from lift-top coffee tables with hidden storage to tables with drawers and open shelving. But with so many options to choose from, it can be tough to hone in on just the right one for your space. After all, what works for one household might not be a great fit for another. To make it easier, we're highlighting the very best coffee tables with storage for every type of household, budget, and home decor.
Combining a minimal, mid-century silhouette with built-in storage, this table's design was inspired by Japanese bento serving sets, offering the perfect place to store miscellaneous living room items. Not only does the table allow you to store items until you need them, but the tabletop comprises three removable trays that you can take out and use as serving trays, laptop tables, or anything else you might need a hard surface for.
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The table is also customizable, coming in two different hues (walnut or oak finish) with the option to choose from standard or hairpin metal legs, so you can find the perfect fit for your living room design. And if you're in the market to update more than your coffee table, you can also purchase a matching credenza/tv stand, side table, or entryway bench from the Carta Collection. Each piece features easy assembly – you won't even need any tools.
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This gorgeous rectangular coffee table is made from solid Acacia wood, so it's both beautiful and built to last. It has two storage options: an open shelf and a closed drawer. This means, you can tuck unsightly items, like remotes and chargers, completely out of sight, while displaying more decorative items, like books and decor, in an organized, beautiful way.
Beyond being functional, the table is also gorgeous, featuring a thoughtful, streamlined design with a pared-back silhouette that will elevate diverse aesthetics, from modern and bohemian to minimal and contemporary.
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If you love minimal, modular design, then it doesn't get much better than this sofa table from Floyd. The table's modest size means it can work just as well as an end table as it would a coffee table, depending on your layout. But thanks to an efficient, it still has a generous open shelf for plenty of storage.
The table was designed to pair with the company's popular sofa, The Sectional. When used as an end table with this sofa, it's flush with the sofa's dimensions, providing a natural extension of it. However, it also works beautifully as a standalone piece and comes in two different finishes (Maple or Walnut), so the style possibilities are endless.
Featuring two different color options, including a cool gray finish and a blonde wood finish, this coffee table is artisan-crafted with reclaimed European oak wood, giving it a modern yet slightly rustic appearance.
When the table is closed, you'd never guess that it houses an expansive storage space, but once you lift it up, you'll reveal plenty of storage for your living room essentials – making this table an ideal piece for small spaces. Plus, the lifted component can stand on its own when open, serving as an elevated secondary table that's perfect as a laptop table.
Brand: Interior Define
You needn't sacrifice your love of round coffee tables in order to have lots of storage. Just take this boho-style beauty from Interior Define for example. At 48 inches in diameter, it's a great fit for most living rooms, and its circular silhouette provides a welcome invitation for loved ones to sit and stay a while.
The coffee table's elegantly simple design is one that will look fresh no matter the current trends, so it's a particularly great option if you're looking to make a long-term commitment to a table.
Another mid-century-inspired piece, this espresso wood finish coffee table is as functional as it is attractive. Its subtle lift-top design opens up to a surprisingly expansive storage space, offering the ideal place for you to hide remotes, toys, and other clutter.
Plus, the two-tone coffee table has a glass-top open shelf, which makes it easier to clean while providing a spot for you to showcase decorative accents, like candles and coffee table books.
With its sleek silhouette and retro accents, this coffee table is sure to make a stylish statement no matter where it lives. It comes in brown and black hues, and it's made with solid wood, so it can withstand almost anything that a busy family room throws at it.
You can opt to store items on the open shelf or within one of two hidden drawers, both of which are accented by Scandinavian-inspired caning techniques to give them an airy yet textural feel.
With its striking contrasts and affordable price point, this table can serve as your design's focal point without breaking the bank. The table is made of solid and engineered wood, and it features a generous amount of open storage on the lower level.
It also rocks a pared-back silhouette that combines straight and soft lines that will infuse your space with a hint of movement. Plus, you can choose from dark and light finishes to find the ideal fit for your style. If you'd like a matching set the Burnes range also includes a console table, accent tables, and a ladder bookcase.
Brand: Design Within Reach
This living room table, which looks like a solid pedestal, actually boasts two spacious hidden storage drawers, which are big enough to store larger living room items, like throw blankets, as well as lots of smaller pieces. Given its pretty design, it's no surprise that the coffee table is a designer favorite.
“I recommend this coffee table because the warmth and character of the wood is beautiful and people are naturally drawn to it,” says Alice Chiu, founder of Miss Alice Designs. “With two hidden drawers, you can store away knick knacks, books, magazines, and other items out of sight and let the coffee table shine by itself.”
Brand: Joss & Main
Love the ever-popular modern farmhouse look? Then consider adding this wood coffee table to your living room. The solid wood top rests on a stainless steel frame that's uniquely lightweight yet sturdy.
The table also nails sneaky storage, offering open shelving on the sides along with a subtle lift-top design that opens up to even more storage for all of your items. And the panel that lifts up can do double-duty as a laptop stand, transforming your living room into a home office in an instant.
Brand: Lulu & Georgia
Crafted from natural mango wood, this modern coffee table features thoughtful details, like a soft whitewashed finish and textural caning on the three drawers. Speaking of drawers, they're highly spacious, so you can hide unsightly tabletop clutter for good.
The highly versatile design will look equally good as part of a romantic living room design as it would in a minimal, mid-century, or contemporary look. It's also a stellar complement to a modern farmhouse aesthetic.
Brand: West Elm
Made of FSC-certified, kiln-dried wood that's sure to withstand the test of time, this wooden coffee table rocks a sleek angular base and tapered legs, giving it a distinctly mid-century modern feel. It's also designer-approved, thanks in part to its practicality.
“This coffee table works as a place to eat in front of the TV, do homework, or take Zoom calls at the computer," raves interior designer Joe Cangelosi. "The top of the table is brought up to a height where you can more easily reach the keyboard and be seen on camera.”
Brand: Pottery Barn
There's something incredibly chic about a square coffee table, especially when the coffee table looks as good as this one. Crafted from solid oak, the table's natural wood grain details subtly shine through its sleek oil-based black finish.
The table's kiln-dried wood design also resists warping, splitting, cracking, and mildew like a champ, so it's great for living rooms that see a lot of activity. And its wide lower shelf can store items large and small, helping to keep your living room neat and organized.
Brand: Living Spaces
This industrial-meets-farmhouse coffee table is a steal at $350, offering multiple storage options with its double drawers and roomy storage shelf. The cool metal frame is sturdy and durable, while the pine veneer top provides a warm, inviting feel.
And if you're someone who likes to arrange then rearrange your living room furniture (us, too), then you'll love the fact the table comes with casters that make it a cinch to move around your space until you find the perfect spot.
Brand: Laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse (via Wayfair)
Recommended by interior designer Joe Cangelosi, this affordable industrial coffee table is made from reclaimed wood and comes in three different finishes, making it super versatile. The lift-up design opens to plenty of storage, with two interior storage compartments to keep your items organized.
We also love the way that the entire tabletop lifts up, rather than just a section, as it provides a large, elevated surface that you can use to work or eat dinner on while enjoying your latest Netflix binge.
Before you decide on the right coffee table for your space, there are a few questions you should ask yourself.
Lift-top tables are particularly great for folks who want to use the table as a dining space or work desk, since the part that lifts up can serve as an elevated surface. Joe Cangelosi loves them for that reason: "When work is done, you can pile all of your books and laptop inside and forget about them until tomorrow!"
That said, if you're someone who likes to put decorative objects on your coffee table, then a lift-top table probably doesn't make much sense, advises Maiya Kathryn: "Coffee tables with a top that lifts up can work well for those who are minimalist and don’t have a habit of covering their surfaces with books, objects, and candles. If you cover the surface with objects it makes the space below utterly useless because the task becomes too great."
"Coffee tables with a top that lifts up can work well for those who are minimalist and don’t have a habit of covering their surfaces with books, objects, and candles."
If you have lots of decorative objects that you want to organize but don't necessarily want to hide from sight, then a coffee table with an open bottom shelf or two is a great way to showcase them in a contained way. You can also opt for drawers, which easily keep clutter hidden and they often feature decorative details, like caning or beautiful hardware, that can further enhance your look.
The size of your room and the surrounding furniture should largely inform the size of your coffee table. If the table is disportionately small or large, then it can ruin the look of your overall design. Fortunately, there's an easy way to determine if a table will fit well in the rest of your space. Simply jot down the prospective table's dimensions, then lay out the dimensions on your floor using masking tape. This should give you a pretty good idea of whether the table's size will make sense in your living room.
Before committing to a table, ask yourself how much storage you really need. Some tables can accommodate large items, like throw blankets and pillows, while others will only work for smaller objects, such as remotes, chargers, and books. Take inventory of all the living room items you want to minimize, and let that inform how much storage you invest in.
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