Top 5 – round coffee tables
Round coffee tables might seem a strange choice for the next Top 5 list – however, when pulling my favourite coffee tables, they were all round! So this way, we can do a bonus list of ‘non-round’ coffee tables later. How come all my favourite coffee tables are round? I really feel the circular shape works better in most living room spaces. It visually provides a break from all the angles, the square walls, the rectangular sofa, tv unit and rug, a round coffee table visually breaks through and brings a comfortable balance. Round coffee tables come in modern, rustic, scandi, marble, metal, timber even ‘scandustrial’ so there is one for every style of room, and endless size options. Another great feature of a round coffee table is that they are more comfortable to move around, you can go up in size and still have room to walk around. The sharp angles of a square or rectangle mean people often drop to a smaller size to have adequate walking space, and nothing throws off the proportions of a room more than a too small coffee table! The only downside to a round coffee or side table, is they usually don’t offer storage, and they can be tricky to style – but that can be solved easily with a tray!
1) Top All Rounder
The Cintura coffee table in gloss white from Beyond Furniture
I have this coffee table – so it makes sense it’s my top pick! It’s clean, modern and timeless and suits most styles. The gloss white is a good ‘white’ (anyone who has tried to match whites before will understand that), there is no cream, pink or grey tone to it. The generous diameter of 1200mm is surprisingly hard to find and is the perfect size for use with a 3 seater sofa. The surface is durable, it’s comfortably heavy and sturdy (it doesn’t protest when you put your feet on it) and it’s easy to keep clean. I style mine simply with some mags, an orchid and a candle.
2) Best Luxe
A curving brass tube and slim Carrera marble top – the Scalinatelle coffee table is all glam. This coffee table could be used in a paired back classic room to give it a focal point and a sense of luxury (think navy rug, plush neutral sofas and matching armchairs) or it could be layered into a luxe, feminine living room that’s just the right amount of OTT (think pink velvet sofas, delicate details, gold accents – as inspired by the Gallery at Sketch by India Mahdavi).
3) Best Boho
The carved wooden table from West Elm is a long standing favourite. Perfect for coastal retreats, boho living spaces or more traditional spaces that feature lots of textures or travel trinkets. The rustic, hand carved aesthetic brings a sense of warmth and earthiness to a space. Use with a textured rug, low leather armchairs, juju hats, trival vases and sheepskin throws. These coffee tables are very low, so work well when there are a variety of heights in the space, for example a sofa, a Moroccan pouffe and a taller side table. With a diameter of 81cm they are a little smaller so if you have a big space, consider using 2. As seen in boho queen Samantha Will’s NYC apartment.
3) Best Scandi
OK, so it’s not officially a coffee table, but that’s one of the secrets of achieving Scandi style. Scandi style is all about the casual composition of loose furniture, layering textures and achieving balance through scale and proportion rather than symmetry. That’s why it always looks so effortlessly cool – it’s the ‘undone’ room structure and oh so casual styling. Back to the coffee tables, the Cartagena nest of tables is actually a set of 3 side tables. In typical Danish design, the look is clean and uncluttered, a simple wire frame and white tops; and also in true Danish style, a bit of extra functionality is thrown in – the tops are removable trays. So, really, this pick is actually like 3 for the price of one. Use them together in the middle of the room in place of a coffee table; use 2 in the middle, one of the side; use one as a bedside and two in the living room; or just move wherever you need them!
4) Best Danish
(Also available through Top 3 by Design)
Ok, so I’m cheating a little by having a best Scandi and a best Danish – but given it’s the hot trend at the moment we’ll let it through. The Tablo tables by Normann Copenhagen have sparked a series of look a likes lately, so I thought it important to include the original 3 legged Tablo design. This coffee table, whilst not inexpensive, might also not be as expensive as people first assumed, and if you’re considering this design, check out the original first. Original design will always have better construction and will outlive any replica versions, often meaning they offer good value over time compared with the inferior product that just won’t last. It’s also nice to know that you have an original and have not supported the replica industry.
5) Best Australian Made
Handmade in Melbourne from solid timber, and with a gorgeous unique design, the Giselle coffee table is a beautiful option for your living room. Neat proportions, with a diamter of 750mm, it’s perfect for smaller spaces or for use with a chaise sofa. The unique paper clip legs elevate the design, and give this coffee table design punch. The beautiful timber grain will bring warmth to your space, it’s an ideal design for beachside, modern, scandi or more classic spaces. Currently available on the Curious Craftsmen’s Etsy page, but they have a new website launching soon, can’t wait to see more from these guys.
Bonus! Best budget buy
A tight budget is no reason not to get a super stylish coffee table. I love this option from Super Amart. The statement legs make the table look a lot more expensive than it’s price tag, and it’s hard to go wrong with a simple clear glass and black combo. The design is versatile, use it in a monochrome space for a modern look or it will look great in a more classic room. Simply style the top accordingly to get the look you are after.