This custom-designed coffee table can double as an ottoman thanks to the padding lining the outer edge. The functional piece anchors this transitional living room space, which also includes two plaid sofas and architectural touches like exposed ceiling beams and columns.
An easy idea for a coffee table is using an ottoman. Look for an ottoman, either purchased new or from a thrift store, with a unique shape and detailing. This ottoman, which Nashville, Tenn., designer Jonathan Savage used in a showhouse, has an octagonal shape and gold square nail heads.
Coffee tables don't always need to have hard edges. Look for a round shape, and an ottoman can serve double duty as seating and a coffee table. Here's an example from a room by Linda Castle of Decorated Designs, a metro Atlanta interior design firm.
This airy white loft living area features a sawhorse table with a pair of matching lamps, a coffee table made of two kiln-dried teak ottomans with basket weave leather-strap tops and a contemporary gray sectional.
Coffee tables can make a huge impact on the look and functionality of a living room. With their lack of sharp edges, round coffee tables or ottomans are great for living rooms used by children; however, they can result in wasted space when placed next to square or rectangular sofas and chairs. To outfit a seating area with plenty of useable tabletop surface (or multipurpose occasional seating), consider grouping two or three round coffee tables or ottomans together.
A large round coffee table can make a huge impact on the look and functionality of a living room. With their lack of sharp edges, round coffee tables or ottomans are great for living rooms used by children.
Gray walls and matching gray upholstered furniture allows the accessories to stand out in this living room. A horse painting is illuminated by a black tripod lamp with a cream lampshade. A brown leather trunk doubles as a coffee table and ottoman, contributing to the masculine design.
The ultimate in luxury and simplicity -- This sitting area looking out on the shore captures the colors and essence of the serene setting. Contemporary furnishings with clean lines allow the eye to drift to the sea.
A leather-topped table in this traditional living area strikes a balance between a conventional coffee table and an ottoman. The round shape creates a cozy, informal feel. Soft lamp lighting illuminates the room's warm color palette creating a cozy sitting area.