Coffee Table Alternatives For Small spaces (Space Challenged Living Rooms)!
These coffee table alternatives for small spaces will help you maximize the space in your living room and add to the decor of your home, especially if you live in a small apartment or tiny house.
Many people feel that a living room simply isn’t complete without a coffee table.
However, if you have a space challenged living room, a traditional coffee table simply may not be an option.
I live in a small apartment, so I know what it is like to not have enough space. This is why I always opt for decor and furniture pieces that have dual or multiple functions.
When a piece of furniture or decor serves dual or multiple purposes, it reduces the number of stuff you buy and helps you maximize the small space available in your home.
So instead of using the traditional coffee table in your space challenged living room, you can opt for any of the coffee table alternatives for small spaces featured below.
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9 Alternatives to Coffee Tables for Small Spaces
#1. Use 2 Small Side or End Tables for Coffee Table
Side and end tables are much smaller than coffee tables and you can place two of them close together to give the illusion of a coffee table.
The benefits, however, is that when you have company, you can divide the tables and use them in other places where they can be more useful.
Having tables that you can easily move around provides a more versatile way to use your living room space.
Winsome Xola Occasional Table, CappuccinoFurinno Simplistic End Table, Espresso/BlackZinus Dane 20 Inch Deluxe Side / End Table
#2. Try a Small Ottoman
A small ottoman is a great alternative to a coffee table. You can place a tray on it to keep things quite sturdy for sitting coffee cups or snacks. And it can also double as a place to put up your feet or even for smaller children to sit while watching television.
Frenchi Furniture Queen Anne Style Footstool w/ StorageSeville Classics 15.7″ Foldable Storage Ottoman Footrest Toy Box Coffee Table StoolModern Round Velvet Storage Ottoman Foot Rest Tray Top Coffee Table
#3. Small Flat Lidded Trunk
Not only can a small flat lidded trunk serve as a cool looking coffee table, but it also has the benefit of providing storage as well.
It is a great place to keep family games, small children’s toys, or even current magazines that you don’t want to leave sitting out.
You can get a trunk that is smaller than a standard coffee table which will take up less space than the traditional coffee table and provides the added benefits of adding to your living room décor and providing additional storage.
#4. Storage Bench
A storage bench provides some of the same benefits as a flat lidded trunk does. It can easily double as a coffee table, offers much needed storage space and in addition can double as extra seating should you need it. A storage bench provides the versatility that is often needed in a small living room.
BELLEZE 48″ Rectangular Gray Storage Fabric Ottoman Bench Tufted Footrest Lift Top
#5. Bar Cart
A bar cart can make an awesome alternative to a coffee table and makes it easy to serve your guests as well. And when you need more space, you can just wheel it out of the way.
Of course, many bar carts are also extremely attractive which can add to your living room’s décor as well as being versatile.
In addition, a bar cart can be handy for serving holiday or special meals.
Better Homes and Gardens Nola Bar Cart, Gold Finish (Gold, 1)
#6. Nesting Tables
Nesting tables are a great alternative to the traditional coffee table. These tables come in a variety of different shapes and sizes so that you can arrange in interesting ways.
Best of all, when you have company and need more space, you can simply slide all of the tables together to make more room.
Lavish Home Contemporary Decor and Home Accent Table with Tray Top (White, Set of 2),SUPER DEAL Nesting Coffee Table Living Room Set of 3 Stacking End Side Tables
#7. Wooden Bench
A simple wooden bench makes a great substitute coffee table. You can use an old bench you happen to have sitting around your home or buy one specifically for use.
Of course, a bench can also double as extra seating should you need it. Most benches are narrower than traditional coffee tables, so they will take up less space, which is important if you have limited room in your living room.
Shaker Cottage Bench with Open Shelf, Ivory
#8. Decorative Garden stools
Not only are decorative garden stools great coffee table alternatives for small spaces, but they also add an elegant accent to your home’s decor. They also come in a variety of shapes and colors, giving you several options to choose from to go with your overall home’s decor and make your home feel cozy.
Safavieh ACS4571A Gilroy Ceramic Decorative Garden Stool, Blue MarbleSafavieh Kes Modern Abstract Ceramic Decorative Garden Stool, MulticoloredSafavieh Lantana Glazed Ceramic Decorative Garden Stool, Silver
#9. Nothing at All
If you have a space challenged living room, then you may find that not having any coffee table at all is the best option. You can actually do without a coffee table.
Forgoing the coffee table or one of the alternatives not only will make your limited space appear larger, it will also help to make your room look far more modern and individual.
Just remember that there are a number of alternatives to the traditional coffee tables you can choose from to conserve space in that small living room.
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