How to Use Contemporary Accent Tables as Coffee Tables


Large contemporary accent tables might not fit your space, or provide the look that you are trying to achieve  in a family room or living room. For this reason, a growing number of manufacturers are now creating accent tables, end tables and side tables that can be used as a coffee table as well. These smaller tables will allow you to put a snack or drink on top, but are more compact, and can be moved around as needed.
Recently, a client asked us to design a family room around a reclining sofa, which encouraged us to look into these alternative tables. We wanted a pair of tables that can sit in front of the sofas and, when they need to recline, can easily be moved to the sides as end tables. Whether you have the same situation, a small space or any other reason, you can definitely get ideas from one of these options.
  • Create a custom coffee table in front of a sectional using a few martini side tables. You should find them in various finishes and look great when you mix up the colors together. when you have guests over, they make for great extra seating, or end tables at both ends of the sofa.
  • If you are looking to pair several tables, there are many end tables that fit that size. Go with glass tops like the Designer Glass Table Top Satin Steel Legs and Frame End Table by Adesso for a more transparent look, so your space does not feel bulky. The end tables will be a little higher than traditional coffee tables, but it should look great with all the different table sizes available these days.
  • Invest in your tables and allow them to be your inspiration in furnishing and decorating your room. Try pairing interesting accent tables together to create a bold and beautiful look.
  • You might come across coffee tables that already come in pairs or threes already. Pull them apart for function or fit them together tightly. They come in modern styles or in traditional and dramatic looks. Just because you have a small space, it does not mean that it has to be too casual. Consider using a finish that is shiny on your tables.
  • Ottomans or round tables are a great shape for very small spaces because they have no sharp corners to bump into when you walk around them. The Cappuccino / Chrome Metal Accent Table by Monarch Specialties would make for a great choice because it has added storage beneath it for books, magazines and other display items.
  • Small tables are great for multipurpose spaces like basements. They can squeeze in close to the sofa and they can be moved around as tables or extra seating. The Square Western Red Cedar End Table 16" X 16" by Cedar Delite would make for a clean and classic choice in your outdoor space.
  • One popular look for the outdoors  is using a pair of ceramic garden tools as a coffee table. They are available in various sizes, shapes and prices and are great for both indoor and outdoor use.
Have you determined how to use accent tables as coffee tables for your home?


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