22 Design-Forward Coffee Tables for Even the Smallest Spaces

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By Caitlin Clark

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A coffee table is a surprisingly utilitarian piece of furniture. Sure, you might place one in front of your couch because it’s pretty or you liked the way it accentuated your décor. But soon enough it will become your go-to wine glass holder, your favorite display shelf, and the keeper of your most prized reading material (or at least your prettiest). It may even serve as a dining table from time to time. All living rooms deserve a great coffee table, no matter how small. So for the more diminutive living areas, we’ve gathered 22 great options to suit all styles and spaces, from nesting tables to artful accents with sneaky storage.

Feature image by Michelle Nash.

Circular black coffee table.
Image by Stephen Karlisch

The Best Circular Coffee Tables for Small Spaces

The following clean, simple tables pack their impact up top, with plenty of room for feet or four-legged friends below.

Best Overall: Crate & Barrel Pebble White Indoor/Outdoor Concrete Side Table by Leanne Ford

Leanne Ford’s signature laid-back, white-on-white aesthetic finds its sturdiest form in this hardworking indoor/outdoor table. 

Best On-Trend: Lulu & Georgia Mulholland Round Coffee Table

This curved beauty makes the most of its compact structure—and perfectly suits this year’s curved trend.

Best for Minimalists: Hearth & Hand x Magnolia Shaker Coffee Table

The simple statement has just enough square footage for a vase of flowers and a flickering candle.

Minimalist, neutral living room with coffee table.
Image by Kate Zimmerman Turpin

The Best Narrow Coffee Tables

When width is a worry in your small space, keep it on the straight and narrow.

Best Narrow Coffee Table: Urban Outfitters Maura Coffee Table

This modern beauty layers up to make the most of its petite, 20-inch width.

Best Discreet Storage: All Modern Coffee Table

With a sleek silhouette, brass accents, and a nifty little drawer (perfect for remotes), this streamlined coffee table adds plenty of glam without dominating the space.

Best Mid-Century Modern: Article Amoeba Wild Walnut Coffee Table

Complete the mid-century modern living area of your dreams with this smartly-sized addition.

Best Boho: Hawkins New York Woven Coffee Table

A little woven table with big Laurel Canyon vibes.

The Best Built-In Storage Coffee Tables

When it comes to small spaces, nothing is more valuable than sneaky storage. The following pieces do it brilliantly—perfect blends of style and function.

Best Contemporary: Blu Dot Black-Stained Acacia Hoard Low Side Table

We love a modern Blu Dot moment, especially when it’s as utilitarian as this solid acacia wood gem.

Best Affordable: Wayfair Grossi Coffee Table

Thanks to some unexpected storage areas and the magic of levers, this competitively priced beauty doubles as a cozy workspace.

Best Storage: CB2 Trunk Storage Concrete Coffee Table

Armed with not one but two push-to-open drawers, this sturdy workhorse offers the slickest of sneaky storage.

Best Indoor/Outdoor: Kartell Panier Storage Side Table

A playful way to add storage from the modern minds at Kartell, this little wonder gleams when placed outdoors.

Best Splurge: Crate & Barrel Dean White and Oak Coffee Table

The chicest blend of storage and organization we’ve seen in a coffee table yet.

Best for Dining: Hay Tray Coffee Table

All coffee tables eventually become a tray at some point. This one embraces it.

Best Elevated Industrial: Urban Outfitters Dexter Coffee Table

Display what you want and hide what you want thanks to this mid-century-inspired stunner’s sliding slat.

Colorful, modern living room.
Image by Stephen Karlisch

The Best Artful Accents

A coffee table may not seem like a place to make a bold statement, but allow these unique picks to make their case.

Best Coffee Table Set: Coming Soon NYC Triple Play Face Table

These cheeky little tables by modernist Italian architect Gaetano Pesce double as killer conversation starters.

Most Unexpected: Areaware Sophie Collé Splat Side Table

With a name like “Splat,” this funky little table could add whimsy to any aesthetic. 

Best Vintage-Inspired: Anthropologie Hourglass Coffee Table

Topped with handcrafted ceramic tiles, this vintage-inspired piece makes a big impact (with a small footprint) whether indoors or patio side.

Modern armchair and coffee table.
Image by Michelle Nash

The Best Nesting Coffee Tables

As versatile as they are striking, these coffee table duos can shrink or expand depending on your needs.

Best Antique Aesthetic: Four Hands Dalston Nesting End Tables Antique Rust

We love the vintage look of these slim nesting tables and the durable aluminum tops that create a charming patina.

Best Rattan: Joybird Oslo Nesting Table

Create a versatile, mid-century modern scene with bold lines and natural rattan.

A cozy coastal grandmother aesthetic living room with a tufted coffee table

The Best Textile Coffee Tables for Small Spaces

More ottoman than coffee table, our choices for textural touches add just enough surface area to serve as a stylish footrest.

Best Multifunctional: The Citizenry Torres Round Leather Ottoman

Crafted with ethically sourced leather from Portugal, these padded ottomans (available in caramel, olive, or natural) are gorgeous on their own but can be made even more utilitarian when topped with a tray.

Best Sculptural: Room & Board Asher Ottomans

Choose a size that serves you, or nest the modern accent pieces (inspired by river stones) for a sculptural display.

Best Maximalist: OKA Nara Upholstered Trunk

OKA Nara Upholstered Trunk

An upholstered trunk from OKA will always be in style. Like all of the Brit brand’s pieces, it’s brimming with personality and warmth—and in this case, whatever you decide to place inside. 

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