Hi everyone. I am sorry I have been MIA here and on social media. I have been crazy busy trying to get this place habitable! If you follow me on Instagram you can keep track of what is happening. It is coming together slowly but surely! I originally published this article in 2015 while searching for a coffee table for a client. This post has received a lot of traffic, and the ideas are still relevant, but the pictures and examples were outdated. I thought it was time to give it a rewrite. Not everyone has a massive space that calls out for an equally massive coffee table. If you are looking for a small coffee table, there are a lot more interesting options out there for smaller versions. You can cut down a vintage table, or repurpose a chest or trunk. The opportunities are endless. How do you make a small space live large? Fool the eye by creating the illusion of more space. Let’s take a look at some small space coffee table solutions.
The obvious solution is to pare down the size and keep the design monochromatic. This Minnesota living space by Rehcamp Larson Architects obviously calls out for a small-scale coffee table. Note the large prints and oversized ceiling light make the room seem larger than it is. They added the simple brass coffee table and open-footed ottomans so as not to crowd the space. You can see more of this beautiful home on One Kind Design here.
The uber-talented Shea McGee used an ottoman from their Target collection to anchor this small living space.
This timeless living space featured on the cover of Phoebe Howard’s book Room by Room proves how much bang for the buck one can get out of a small space. Phoebe used a small white coffee table to anchor this sitting area creating the illusion of more space than there actually is.
Clear materials have less visual weight. Designer Lauren Christine Henno used a small lucite coffee table in this small living space so it would be functional without looking cluttered.
Christina from Greige Design’s space is probably not small (we can’t see the rest of the room) She placed a vintage box under her lucite coffee table in order to ground it to the rest of the room.
Try combining two small side tables. The two together have more negative space than a large coffee table.
Though we can’t see the rest of the room. I am guessing this space designed by the talented Thom Felicia is narrow. These rustic stump tables make a statement without overpowering the small space.
I love how Beth Webb used two of the coffee tables from her collection for Arteriors in this space.
Anything with an open base creates the illusion of space.
My pal Mary Ann has limited space in her San Francisco Apartment (just like me). Her coffee table has an open base with a shelf. If her coffee table were solid this space would seem cramped.
Anything glass or mirrored requires less visual space. My friend Julie Taylor from TG Interiors, timeless blue and white living room appears larger due to the combination of the mirrored coffee table and the mirrors on the wall.
The all-white space of Olivia Chantecaille’s New York apartment combined with the lucite end table and mirrored coffee table makes the space open and airy.
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When shopping for a coffee table you might find these tips helpful.
I hope you found this revamped post small coffee table solutions helpful. You might also enjoy this oldie but goodie Project Design Post, How to Style a Coffee Table, or our more recent post Eight Tips for Styling the Perfect Coffee Table. You can also check out my Pinterest board Coffee Table Styling for more helpful ideas.