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10 Alternate Coffee Table Ideas that are Easy and Affordable

Coffee tables are an opportunity to do something unexpected in your living room, but all too often we tend to gravitate toward the norm in this area. Well, here’s the solution, Creatives; 5 cool and quirky coffee table ideas that throw normal out the window and welcome in the wonderful!

white painted pallet coffee table in coastal living room with grey sofa

1. The Pallet Coffee Table

These bad boys are popping up all over the place of late and there’s a good reason for it; they’re incredibly cheap to implement! I see these everywhere in my suburb and often ponder how fab it would be to get one, paint or stain it, add some castors to the bottom and pop in in my lounge room. A low coffee table like this is great for a small space as your eye glides right over it.

wicker trunk used as a coffee table in country style living room

2. The Wicker Chest Coffee Table

provincial style tufted ottoman used as a coffee table in grey fabric

3. The Upholstered Ottoman Coffee Table

Small spaces need versatile furniture that won’t take up too much space, so the ottoman is the perfect coffee table solution here. All you need for stability is a decorative tray and you can place anything on top of top of it. The stores are stocking loads of them with gorgeous patterns too, so getting your hands on some is a cinch.

(Got a small space? Check out my tips for decorating it by CLICKING HERE).

hex side tables pused together and used as a coffee table in living room

4. Multiple Side Tables as a Coffee Table

tree stumps used as a coffee table alternative coffee table ideas

5. A Family of Logs as a Coffee Table

If rustic is your style then a family of logs is your go-to coffee table design. This vibe here is a relaxed and earthy one, and can easily become more fun by adding paint. Splash some of your fave hue on the logs and watch the look come to life. If you’re not exactly the world’s best lumberjack, there are stores which sell versions of these, so head on in!

transparent trunk used as a coffee table with coral and timber inside

6. The See-Through Trunk Coffee Table

cesar stools in different colours alternative coffee table ideas

7. A Cluster of Stools as a Coffee Table

Never underestimate the power of clustering a few stools together to create your very own instant coffee table. The beauty of affordable stools like the IKEA ones above is that you can decorate them yourself, putting your own stamp on the look. They’re great for a space that needs extra seating too – so when friends come over they have somewhere to park their behind. 

(Like an IKEA hack? CLICK HERE to check out my easy mood board makeover)

vintage drum used as a coffee table in living room with fireplace

8. The Vintage Drum Coffee Table

coffee table made of timber planks on cowhide rug

9. Off-Cut Timber Pieces as a Coffee Table

Coffee Table Ideas - Industrial Reel Spindle

10. The Industrial Cable Reel Coffee Table

These were the hot fad before the palettes took centre stage, but they’re still a nifty and on-trend piece to bring into your home. I have converted my own version in the past (CLICK HERE to check that out), and they come together pretty easily and with minimal spend; it’s basically just sanding back and painting that’s required to convert this piece into an indoor delight.

Outside of writing the TLC Interiors blog, Chris is an interior stylist and author. You can also catch him on your TV screens as a designer on Channel 10's Changing Rooms. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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