7 Coffee Table Alternatives for Space-Challenged Living Rooms

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Couches and coffee tables go together like Netflix and throw blankets…or working from home and not changing out of your pajamas. That is, unless you have a small or oddly shaped room that’s not cut out to house two massive pieces of furniture. If a sofa is non-negotiable for you, there are plenty of table options with a smaller footprint that still provide ample room to set down your mug/laptop/snack.

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drake c table with drawer

Drake C-table With Drawer

If you spend a lot of time on the couch (same), a C table is your best friend. It’s basically a stylish TV tray that tucks into the slimmest spaces when not in use.

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4d concepts layton set of 3 nesting tables

4d Concepts Layton Set Of 3 Nesting Tables

Pull out these geometric tables when you have your book club over; stack them underneath each other when you’re ready to reclaim your floor.

madison park aspen ottoman
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Madison Park Aspen Ottoman

It’s a seat, it’s a footstool, it’s a storage box—and when you throw a tray on top, it’s a flat surface for your wine glass.

gehe sofa arm tray table

Gehe Sofa Arm Tray Table

Speaking of trays, you can always skip the middleman and turn the arm of your couch into a counter. You’re not going to be able to fit an entire hors d’oeuvres spread here, but it’ll keep that mug of Earl Grey close at hand.

homelegance saluki mid century two tier end table

Homelegance Saluki Mid-century Two-tier End Table

The sleek mid-century design is what caught our attention. But the bonus surface area is what won us over.

costway set of 2 bamboo stackable sofa tables

Costway Set Of 2 Bamboo Stackable Sofa Tables

Who says modular design is just for sectionals? This genius set can either be a slim coffee table or a three-tiered end table, depending how you configure it.

tribesigns modern side end table

Tribesigns Modern Side End Table

Dilemma: You have a bunch of gorgeous coffee table books but nowhere to display them. Solution: a piece that’s part end table, part bookshelf. Plus, this style’s on wheels, which makes it all the more versatile.

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