Coffee Table Alternatives For Your Living Room

by interior designer

in Living Room

Here’s the situation. You’re low on money due to the dire economic times we live in but still need to buy a new coffee table to fill the void in the middle of the living room. All the tables you look at are either not the type you desire or are just too expensive if they do match your tastes. What are the alternatives to the traditional coffee table if this situation is similar to what you now face? Well, worry not, for there are some alternatives and they are set out below.

Coffee tables might not be a viable option for other reasons than cost. For households with young children, the sharp corners of various table styles can be a hazard and thus often the coffee table is put into storage until the child is older. The dangers of the toddler damaging an expensive table are also to be contemplated. In small rooms, large tables can also be overbearing and so smaller versions or alternatives are much sought after.

The most popular and functional alternative to a coffee table is a series of smaller side and end tables which can be placed beside a sofa or armchair instead of in front. Circular tables mean there are no sharp edges to injure young children and the smaller size prevents the furniture pieces from overcrowding the interior.

Nesting tables are ideal replacements and can be stacked together and stored elsewhere when not in use. These types of tables can be found in various aesthetically pleasing designs and are relatively inexpensive. Tray tables with detachable tray tops are another possibility and are great for rooms where snacks are often consumed. These tables also lead onto imaginative pairings such as a tray perched on top of an old and disused aquarium turned upside down. This will provide a modern glass table style.

If you’re good with your hands and have a creative streak, then you can make your own coffee table from left-over wood or metal. Some of the most beautiful furniture pieces are rustic styles that have been lovingly made by hand and not always by skilled craftsmen. Do you have woodworking materials and a little weekend spare time? Give it a try!

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Eva Maryam [Interior Design 911] 08.07.10 at 12:20

Hi all,….
I want to home make my living room furniture & some things for my boys rooms. The one thing I want to create is a coffee table and 2 end tables made from the colorful, clear stones. How can I do this without it looking bad or unbalanced? How can I make a coffee table out of clear stones?
Write down anything you know or think could be helpful….

Thanks.
Eva Maryam

interior designer 08.07.10 at 14:02

Hello Eva,

That is an interesting question. The best way to make a furniture piece from multiple stones is in the form of stone tiles. These can be cut and shaped with special tools and hug a metal or wood frame. In fact, you can get all the hardware and raw materials you need from some specialist stores that sell stones and related materials. You’d basically be creating a traditional mosaic style piece. This will be time-consuming but if done correctly, the process will be highly enjoyable and the results wonderful. There are plenty of books one can find on Amazon for help with this.

If you are looking more towards building a table out of large chunks of stone, then this is more difficult. I’m afraid I don’t have enough expertise in this area and would advise you to search online or again, on Amazon, for professionals in this regard. Hope this all helps.

interior designer 08.07.10 at 14:04

By the way, as the stones are clear and see through, you might consider using a reflective surface on the area where you attach the stones. There are mirror-like sheets one can buy.

Area Rug - Alyshaan.com 07.19.11 at 07:20

Hi Eva, Just one more suggestion! you can always use an Area Rugs under your coffee table to enhance the look. The Area Rugs will serve as a focal point bringing more attention towards the coffee table

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