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Storage Coffee Tables: The Perfect Piece for a Clutter-free Space

Castlery   |   Jan 29, 2024

When it comes to furniture that serves a dual purpose, storage coffee tables stand out as a game-changer. These innovative pieces not only elevate the aesthetic appeal of your living room but also provide a practical solution to the perennial problem of clutter.

Let's delve into the world of storage coffee tables and explore why they are the perfect addition for those seeking both elegance and practicality in their home decor.

Why you should get storage coffee tables

Maximise functionality

The primary allure of coffee tables with storage lies in their ability to serve multiple functions seamlessly.

Beyond being a surface for your coffee mugs and magazines, these tables boast hidden compartments or drawers, offering discreet storage for items you want to keep close at hand but out of sight.

From remote controls to board games and extra throw blankets, these tables become the unsung heroes of an organised living space.

Declutter with style

One of the key advantages of storage coffee tables is their contribution to maintaining a clutter-free environment without compromising on style. Furniture should not only be practical but also enhance the overall aesthetics of your home.

Storage coffee tables come in a myriad of designs, materials, and finishes, ensuring that you find the perfect piece to complement your existing decor.

Wooden coffee tables with storage are the most versatile and timeless option you can choose for your home. Whether your style preference is modern farmhouse or minimalist, wood coffee tables are easy to style and effortlessly blend into any interior design.

A wooden coffee table with drawers. The Seb Coffee Table with Storage is made from solid Acacia wood. Picture credits: @logangood_

Space-saving solution

Living in smaller spaces often requires creative solutions to make the most out of every square foot. Storage coffee tables, with their dual-purpose design, offer a practical solution for those who seek to optimise their living space.

By integrating storage options into a central and frequently used piece of furniture, you eliminate the need for additional storage units, making the most of limited space.

Easy organisation

Imagine having a designated space for your living room essentials, neatly tucked away in your coffee table. No more scrambling to find the remote or searching for misplaced items.

Storage coffee tables promote easy organisation by providing a dedicated space for your everyday items, contributing to a stress-free and enjoyable living experience.

Types of storage coffee tables

Coffee table with drawers

These tables typically feature drawers integrated into the design, offering a concealed storage solution for items you want to keep out of sight.

A wooden storage coffee table and a white 3-seater sofa in a living room. The Seb Coffee Table with Storage in @prettyrealblog’s living room helps to conceal storage and keep clutter at bay. Also pictured: The Hamilton Sofa and Harper Side Table.

Coffee tables with drawers are perfect for organising small items such as remotes, coasters, and other living room essentials. The hidden drawers maintain a clean and clutter-free appearance.

Shelf coffee table

Featuring open cubbies or shelves beneath the tabletop, these coffee tables offer a stylish way to display books, decorative items, or baskets.

A rectangular coffee table with rounded edges decorated with vases, a candle, and books. The Peri Coffee Table has a hollow centre to store remotes, magazines, and other living room essentials, perfect for minimalist interiors. Picture credits: @weecheryl

Items stored on these open shelves are easily accessible, making it a practical choice for those who want to showcase their favourite items while maintaining an organised look.

Lift-top coffee table

Lift-top coffee tables feature a top surface that can be elevated, providing a convenient and adjustable coffee table. Living room essentials can be hidden when the top is lifted, and the increased height provides a more comfortable dining or work experience in the living room.

A wedge storage console lifted up to reveal extra cushions and magazines. The Auburn Wedge Storage Console acts as a coffee table between the Auburn Performance Fabric Curve Sofa, and lifts to reveal storage space.

Ottoman coffee tables

Ottoman coffee tables serve a dual purpose by providing a soft, upholstered surface that can double as additional seating. This is perfect for entertaining guests or creating a cosy family gathering space.

Often equipped with a hinged or removable top, ottoman coffee tables reveal ample storage space for blankets, pillows, and other items. This option is great for small living rooms as they serve multiple purposes without taking up extra space.

How to pick the right storage coffee table

Size

The size of your storage coffee table is a pivotal factor that significantly influences the overall aesthetics and functionality of your living space.

The coffee table should be proportionate to the seating arrangements in your living room. Consider the length of your sofa or sectional and choose a coffee table that complements its size. Generally, the coffee table should be about two-thirds the length of your sofa, maintaining a balanced and cohesive look.

Ensure that there is sufficient clearance around the coffee table for easy movement. Aim for at least 30 cm - 45 cm of space between the edge of the coffee table and the seating to allow comfortable access and prevent a cramped feel in the room.

A rotatable coffee table with a magazine, candle, and potted plant atop. @gemzape ensures ample space around the Andre Coffee Table that is rotatable to reveal hidden storage and more surface space.

If you're choosing a storage coffee table with additional features such as a lift-top or drawers, factor in the space required for these functionalities. Ensure that there is enough room for the table to extend or for the drawers to pull out seamlessly.

Height

Pay attention to the height of the coffee table in relation to your seating. The standard height for a coffee table is typically between 40 cm - 45 cm.

A round coffee table and white 3-seater sofa in a living room. The Casa Round Coffee Table’s open storage ensures an airy living room in @havrillahome’s home. Also pictured: The Hamilton Sofa.

However, if you have a higher sofa or prefer a more elevated look, you might opt for a taller table. Just ensure that it complements the level of your seating for a harmonious arrangement.

Type

The role you want your coffee table to play in your living room will determine the type of coffee table you should get. If you want it to be a focal point and to display decor, choose a statement coffee table with a glass table top (like this Cupid Coffee Table!).

A glass top coffee table with a sculptural base decorated with books and a vase. The Cupid Coffee Table features a sculptural base that can be used to store items. Picture credits: @kfogara

If you’re looking for a more functional coffee table that can accommodate more storage, opt for coffee tables with drawers or cabinets to conceal items.

In the pursuit of a clutter-free living space, storage coffee tables emerge as the perfect solution, effortlessly marrying form and function. These versatile pieces not only enhance the aesthetics of your home but also provide practical storage solutions, making them an indispensable addition to any living room. Say goodbye to clutter and welcome a more organised and stylish living space with the power of storage coffee tables.

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