Why You Should Forget About the Usual Coffee Table

Being bound to the singular coffee table is a rule worth breaking. Instead of fussing over a table which occupies your entire floor area, or attempting to choose which side tables will work with your coffee table, then think in multiples. Incorporating two three, four or even more smaller coffee tables instead of one big one observes both form and function — and will give you a contemporary look that’s as functional as you can get.


A grouping of four side table stools makes a sculptural statement, also can be easily rearranged or transferred when necessary.

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We’ve seen the concept of a seat as a coffee table, but how about 2 bench-style coffee tables? Each seat can be moved near a couch section, something not possible using a traditional coffee table.

Shannon Malone

In a space too tight to get it all, a set of shapely wooden stools provide a functional surface without the space requirement, leaving more room for comfy seating.

Wooden stools: Crate and Barrel

Lowe’s Home Improvement

Three ceramic garden stools, contemporary takes on the traditional Chinese garden stools, make a casual coffee table which can double as seats. Similar things can be found in a wide assortment of shades and designs to use inside or out.

Garden stools: Lowes

Scheer & Co..

Now’s martini table looks elegant and sophisticated in a set of three.

Tables: West Elm Martini Table

Two slick and modern coffee tables become stunning indoor sculpture paired with white walls and neutral colors that allow the metallic end to take center stage.

Tables: Flair Home Collection

Catherine Boardman Interiors

Here, two coffee tables, every one a trio form in itself, nicely balance the distance in front of a long couch.

Tables: Phillips Collection


Interlocking Rings Stool – $219

This rustic version of the Chinese garden stool features intriguing cutouts.

West Elm

Faceted Mirror Side Table – $199

This sleek side table would look fantastic as a set. Group four to make the appearance of a square coffee table.

ABC Home & Carpet

Cobble Hill Microgroove Mango Stool/Side Table – $299

A wooden Rolex stool resembles a ceramic vase in the works, and even seems to be spinning. It’s perfect for multiple groupings in a big or small area.

Tell us Do you prefer one massive coffee table or a more interactive set of a couple of?

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