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 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.
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.
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.