If you don’t have room for a coffee table in your living room or you just would prefer something else, there’s good news! To get the effect of a coffee table, you don’t actually need one. Interior designers, stylists, and influencers have started using coffee table alternatives in their living rooms that are just as functional and make everyone do a double take. Read on to see different pieces that perform all the duties of a coffee table.
When using an ottoman in place of a coffee table (especially an upholstered ottoman), you can place a tray on top to corral decor and magazines. An ottoman as a coffee table gives you a spacious top for practical items. And when you remove the tray and decor, you can use the ottoman as extra seating as well.
Whether you’re using a pair of side tables to create an illusion of a pulled-apart coffee table or a single end table between chairs, end tables in place of a coffee table is versatile and a great space-saving way to go. Plus, end tables are usually light, so you can move around and reconfigure your living room space as needed.
Similar to how you might use an end table in place of a coffee table, a garden stool (or pair of stools) will work just as well. This small living room hack lets you get creative and stylish with the variety of textures and designs you’ll find when browsing through garden stools. Plus, since most of them are built for outdoors, they’re nice and durable.
Storage Chests & Trunks
Give your living room a vintage or industrial vibe with a structural, decorative trunk or chest. Not only do they add a charming vintage-inspired appeal, but they give a functional storage option as well.
Think outside the box for what to use instead of a coffee table in your living room. Look for small-space friendly tables and pieces that provide extra storage. Remember to consider what you’ll use the table for the most (drinks, decor, reading materials, or just a place to put your feet up). Also, don’t choose a piece that will be much higher than your sofa. Most of all, have fun and don’t be afraid to be creative with a nontraditional coffee table!