Last Updated: 25-07-2019

23 Best Unusual Coffee Tables

Coffee tables aren’t necessarily the first item of furniture you rush out to buy when you’re redecorating or moving house, but there’s no denying they play a central role to the flow of the room.

You can add a bit of additional decor such as a bunch of flowers or a stack of coffee table books, as well as keeping your cups of coffee and TV remotes safe. You may also want to create a bit of extra storage space with the help of drawers and shelves.

It is important to pick one which will bring all the other aspects of your room together. But if you’re after something truly unique and unlike anything you have seen in the homes of friends/family, then one of the following unusual coffee tables is the way forward:

 

 

23 Best Unusual Coffee Tables

Best Vintage Coffee Table

1.
Vintage Teak Distressed Trunk Chest Coffee Table

Specifications

  • Material: Wood
  • Dimensions: 80 x 40 x 40cm
  • Shape: Rectangular

The reclaimed rustic look is big right now, but finding a coffee table to suit is hard as so many look a bit too modern.

This trunk can be doubled up as a coffee table as well as a storage chest, so is perfect if you’re looking for somewhere to stash the phone chargers/magazines/blankets/remotes which so often don’t have a proper place in your living room.

Because they’re reclaimed, every one is unique, and therefore the colours will vary slightly. All of the hinges and catches are handcrafted, so it feels very high quality and sturdy.

Reasons to Buy

  • Full of character
  • Each is unique

Reasons to Avoid

  • No guarantee on final design

2.
Industrial Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Specifications

  • Material: Wood and Metal
  • Dimensions: 35 x 90 x 45 cm
  • Shape: Rectangular

For something incredibly rustic, this industrial/vintage style coffee table can add a touch of timelessness to your living area or conservatory.

It is styled on the look of an old-age cart with the addition of metallic wheels, meaning it looks very different from most other classic wooden styles. There isn’t a leg or stand in sight.

You won’t know precisely what you are getting until it arrives, as every model is unique, so colours and exact style will vary. Which just means your new coffee table really will be one of a kind.

Reasons to Buy

  • Made from reclaimed wood
  • Wheels add a touch of vintage

Reasons to Avoid

  • No guarantee on final design

3.
Premier Housewares Pompeii Coffee Table

Specifications

  • Material: MDF and Wood
  • Dimensions: H39 x W86 x D62cm
  • Shape: Rectangular

For a look of grandeur but on a minimalistic, more subtle scale, this option is a nod towards the classic Roman columns and architecture of that era.

It has been given a distressed look for the full feel of a dated piece of furniture, but the naturally coloured MDF table top adds something more modern and functional, so you have the perfect mix of old and new to slot into your living space.

Reasons to Buy

  • Something very different
  • Mix of vintage and modern

Reasons to Avoid

  • Won’t fit all decor

4.
Asian Opium Table

Specifications

  • Material: Wood
  • Dimensions: H25cm. Medium Table D40cm / Small Table D30cm
  • Shape: Round

Asian-inspired, with a unique glass mosaic design, each individual coffee table is handmade in Thailand, so the highest level of attention has been given to every detail.

It is available in two sizes, small and medium, so there is a model to suit every living space. Whether you want it to be a standout focal point or more of a practical item, or whether you have a large or small living space.

The solid wood legs have been shaped to extend beyond the glass table top for an extra standout touch and feature intricate designs.

Reasons to Buy

  • Handcrafted
  • Intricate design
  • Price

Reasons to Avoid

  • On the small side

5.
MAISON ANDALUZ 3 Legged round Moroccan Silver Coffee Table

Specifications

  • Material: Metal
  • Dimensions: D45 x H45cm
  • Shape: Round

This table features a traditional Moroccan design, with each individual sheet having been crafted and soldered by hand before being shaped and rounded into the coffee table. No two tables are the exact same, and the workshop is based in Marrakesh so there is no denying it is fully authentic.

If you are after the Moorish/boho chic look then it is the perfect vintage addition. Strong and sturdy, it will accommodate all the day-to-day cups, glasses and books which usually fill your coffee table with ease.

There is no glass top; instead, the top is slightly lower down than the edges which surround it. So, nothing will be knocked off easily. It also won’t mark easily with scratches or dents, so would really suit any hectic households.

Reasons to Buy

  • Metal – strong
  • Hand crafted

Reasons to Avoid

  • Quite small

6.
Festnight Vintage Coffee Table

Specifications

  • Material: Wood and Resin/Glass
  • Dimensions: D60 x H40cm
  • Shape: Round

Fully handmade from solid teak and mango wood, every Festnight Vintage coffee table is completely unique with the colours and grain patterns altering with every piece.

Throughout the central diameter is strips of a transparent resin filled with pieces of glass, which sparkle when the light catches them. The exact design and amount of glass will vary with whatever is most appropriate to suit the wood.

The mango wood legs are painted with a black finish to contrast the body of the table and give it a steel industrial touch while making the entire piece strong enough to withstand day-to-day use.

Reasons to Buy

  • Unique
  • Strong build

Reasons to Avoid

  • No guarantee on final design

7.
Handmade Vintage World Map Coffee Table

Specifications

  • Material: Wood and Glass
  • Dimensions: W114 x D71 x H38cm
  • Shape: Rectangular

You can’t get much more antique than this coffee table, and it is the perfect way to add some character to your country home.

The map covers the wooden base, which has been finished off with a burnt orange wood stain for that extra vintage old-world feel. The map has been distressed by hand, to give it the perfect touch without damaging the look.

The table top has been elevated from the wood and is a 10mm piece of toughened glass. The brass castor feet and glass supports finish it all off nicely.

Reasons to Buy

  • Idea is something different
  • Made to order

Reasons to Avoid

  • Price

Best Unique Coffee Table

1.
Mightymast Leisure MANIA Professional Sitdown Multigames Arcade Machine

Specifications

  • Material: Chrome and Glass
  • Dimensions: L105 x W74 x H56cm
  • Shape: Rectangular

If you’re after something really different, a working arcade machine which doubles up as a large functional coffee table when not in use should fit the bill.

There are 150 games to choose from, with everything easy to control and operate. There are dual-sided button controls so it can be one or two player, making it perfect for when you are entertaining.

When you’re not playing, the toughened glass top lets you use it as an ordinary coffee table so it can always come in handy no matter the atmosphere. Perfect for a small space where you want both items but only have room for one.

Reasons to Buy

  • Choice of 150 games
  • No assembly

Reasons to Avoid

  • Price

2.
Mondrian 2 Mosaic Vintage Coffee Table

Specifications

  • Material: Wood
  • Dimensions: 43 x 39 x 72cm
  • Shape: Rectangular

Small glass mosaic tiles are used to cover a lightweight, mid-century wooden coffee table and create a Mondrian-inspired art piece.

Completely handcrafted, each piece will be unique and have its own particular quirks. The original legs are removable as they simply screw in, so if you have a certain look or colour scheme in mind, it can be recreated using the table top alone.

If you wish to add a pop of colour to your living room or have an art deco theme going on and just want to complete it with the finishing touches, then this will have the perfect desired effect.

Reasons to Buy

  • Handcrafted
  • Up-cycled

Reasons to Avoid

  • Price – but it is handcrafted

3.
Illuminated 1970s Pinball Coffee Table

Specifications

  • Material: Birch Plywood
  • Dimensions: H33 x L11 x W55cm
  • Shape: Rectangular

Based around the playfield of a decommissioned 1974 Gottlieb pinball machine, each and every one of these tables is completely unique and depends on the designs which Tilt Originals have in stock at the time of ordering.

Just like a fully working machine when being played, it can light up to create a warm, entertaining glow when connected to the mains. You can store this flex under the table if you don’t need the extra lighting.

If you’re a fan of traditional arcade games or just want to create a talking point in your room, then it is the perfect unique offering.

Reasons to Buy

  • Can choose which playfield is used
  • Lights up

Reasons to Avoid

  • Price

4.
Twin Decks Retro Coffee Table

Specifications

  • Material: Metal and Glass
  • Dimensions: Various
  • Shape: Rectangular

Twin DJ decks have been upcycled to create this unique coffee table, which will give your living room or games area a perfect vintage feel while also acting as a nod towards your love of music.

The glass is raised above the decks with some ‘stilts’, attached by metal discs, so all of the controls and turntable area is still perfectly intact and looks just as it did when in use.

Every model will be slightly different in look and measurements depending on the decks used, and it can also be personalised if you’re giving it as a gift or simply want to add some finishing touches.

Reasons to Buy

  • Up-cycled from an original
  • Completely unique

Reasons to Avoid

  • Price

5.
Cut Out Chess/Coffee Table

Specifications

  • Material: Birch Plywood and Glass
  • Dimensions: H34.5 x W79.5 x D45cm
  • Shape: Rectangular

The perfect gift for a chess lover, or for yourself if you want both a coffee table and a chess set but only have space for one.

This multifunctional product has squares cut out, which allows light through and is a more delicate touch than them being painted or stained on. This area is topped with fixed toughened glass to create a flat surface which can hold your cups, glasses and fruit bowls.

Under this is a shelf so you can store any of the usual bits and bobs, and there are also two drawers either side. Only one works, but this can be used to keep your chess material safe.

Reasons to Buy

  • Can still be used as a chess table
  • High quality material

Reasons to Avoid

  • Price and delivery cost

6.
Orator Coffee Table

Specifications

  • Material: Solid Walnut and Zebrano Veneer
  • Dimensions: H45 x W80 x D80cm
  • Shape: Hexagon

Nesting table sets are handy space saving ideas, especially if you have a small living area, but so many are just a little bit bland. Well, gone are the days they all simply just fit underneath one another.

When together, it is a hexagonal coffee table with two tones of wood. But each walnut piece pulls away from the main body, to form three separate side tables which can be positioned anywhere. This leaves behind a unique shape, as well as an inner red lacquered finish to add a pop of colour.

There is a lot of additional personalisation available if you wish, such as the addition of a glass top to create more space when the side tables have been pulled away, the option to reinforce these tables so they can be used as three stools as well, or changing the colour of the lacquer.

Reasons to Buy

  • Space saving
  • Eco friendly

Reasons to Avoid

  • Price

Best Glass Coffee Table

1.
west elm Sputnik Coffee Table

Specifications

  • Material: Glass and Steel
  • Dimensions: W73.6 x H43cm
  • Shape: Round

For a real statement piece, the design of this coffee table has been inspired by its namesake, which was the first artificial Earth satellite.

The glass top sits on a cluster of rods centralised around a spherical orb. They have a brass finish to give it an art deco/retro 1920’s classic feel, for the perfect mix between modern and traditional.

Every rod is cut and shaped by hand and welded in place precisely for the Starburst shape.

Reasons to Buy

  • Unique design
  • Modern

Reasons to Avoid

  • Price

2.
Designer Oval Coffee Table

Specifications

  • Material: Glass
  • Dimensions: 65 x 125 x 45cm
  • Shape: Oval

With a fibreglass base and toughened glass top, this coffee table is fully modern and even bordering on futuristic. The perfect addition to a 21st Century living room.

There are four colour variations available – fully black, fully white, white base with black top and black base with a red top. No matter your living room decor, there’s a good chance it will fit.

Despite the materials, it is very lightweight and easy to assemble. Because of the design, it can wobble a little bit if there’s too much pressure put on it and it isn’t the sturdiest so is only for decoration or the odd coffee cup and coaster really.

Reasons to Buy

  • Colour choice
  • Lightweight

Reasons to Avoid

  • Can tip easily

3.
Reclaimed Teak Root Rectangular Oval Coffee Table

Specifications

  • Material: Glass and Teak
  • Dimensions: Root Height approx. 48cm. Glass Size 120 x 80cm
  • Shape: Square

With a base made from reclaimed teak which has been responsibly sourced from a plantation in Indonesia, every single table is completely unique as you will never see the same detailing twice.

The root is sculpted to create a sturdy base, which the 10mm toughened safety glass sits on top of. This is very heavy, but the wooden base gives it really good support, and it can withstand quite a bit of weight.

When the roots are excavated, it promotes the growth of the rainforest and also allows local residents to earn a living, so it isn’t only a classic piece of furniture for your room but also a very ethical piece.

Reasons to Buy

  • Sustainably resourced materials
  • Handcrafted

Reasons to Avoid

  • Price

4.
Seagull Coffee Table with Fine Mactan Stone Base

Specifications

  • Material: Glass and Stone
  • Dimensions: H40.6 x W120 x D60cm
  • Shape: Rectangular

Made from Mactan stone with a glass top, this coffee table is the perfect mix of modern and classic.

Mactan stone comes from the area of the South Philippines with the same name, where it is quarried and shaped. It has a chalky feel but is also naturally slightly sparkling with pink tinges, for a high-end continental touch.

The base isn’t entirely stone as this would make it harder to craft, but it has been designed to look as though it is, making it much lighter than it looks.

Reasons to Buy

  • Sturdy
  • Tempered glass

Reasons to Avoid

  • Heavy

Best Modern Coffee Table

1.
Modern White Swivel Coffee Table

Specifications

  • Material: MDF
  • Dimensions: 80 x 32.5 x 38-58cm
  • Shape: Concave/Rectangular

You want a storage coffee table, but also want something with a different design which looks a lot more modern than the usual drawer models and easier to navigate than the lift-top models.

This swivel table can be transformed into different shapes with the simple turning of the top layer. When opened up, it is a round shape with the two storage areas exposed. Just swivel it around 90 degrees to make it more of a concave shape, which can also create a bit more space in the room if needed.

The high gloss finish is simple to keep clean with a wipe, and the stainless steel legs are sturdy enough to accommodate any weight. It is available in both black and white, so great for the modern look.

Reasons to Buy

  • Hidden storage
  • Unique shape

Reasons to Avoid

  • Scratches easily

2.
Urban Industrial Style Cart Wheels Metal Coffee Table

Specifications

  • Material: Metal
  • Dimensions: W69 x H35 x D69cm
  • Shape: Rectangular

The perfect blend between industrial and retro, this metal coffee table features a stand of cartwheels which helps to not only move it around but also add something a bit unique.

It features a distressed finish, with large statement bolts to hold everything together. It is two-tiered, which is perfect for both putting things on display and keeping other things tucked out of the way.

If you’re after something which is very different and can withstand an awful lot of wear and tear, then a coffee table like this will be up to the job.

Reasons to Buy

  • Distressed finish
  • Cart wheels add a vintage modern touch

Reasons to Avoid

  • Easy to tarnish

3.
TUORUI Double Coffee Table

Specifications

  • Material: Particle Board and Iron
  • Dimensions: 120 x 48 x 50cm
  • Shape: Round/Oval

This two-tiered double coffee table is ideal for anyone who needs a bit of a multi-functional space.

Perhaps you want a desk to sit at while you work on your laptop, or want to create a practical, entertaining space but also have a bit of decoration and ordinary one-level coffee tables aren’t big enough.

Think of this as a bit of a 2-in-1 item, like having a coffee table and a side table, but both together only take up one area of space.

It is all easy to put together and will withstand a surprising amount of weight for its build.

Reasons to Buy

  • Easy assembly
  • Tow level design

Reasons to Avoid

  • Only available in black and white

4.
Habitat Orrico Coffee Table

Specifications

  • Material: Aluminium
  • Dimensions: H29 x W81 x D81cm
  • Shape: Round

Available in Rose Gold, Silver and a classic Brass colour, each individual Orrico coffee table is handmade and crafted in India. This makes each completely unique.

They feature hundreds of tiny hammer marks on the surface, which all catch the light and reflect it. This makes it perfect for a dark small spaces or somewhere where there needs to be a real pop of colour and design.

It is hollow, so incredibly lightweight and the perfect focal point without taking up the whole room.

Reasons to Buy

  • Three colour choices
  • Lightweight

Reasons to Avoid

  • Easy to scratch and mark

5.
Zespoke Retro High Gloss White Union Jack Inner Hoop Coffee Table

Specifications

  • Material: Plastic
  • Dimensions: H36 x W36 x L90cm
  • Shape: Oblong

The perfect retro design, with a white gloss finish and an inner Union Jack print.

A hoop design basically means it is a curved oblong/rectangular shape with a hollowed inner, which is where the print is situated. This essentially makes it a two-tiered item, which is great if you need a bit of extra space and storage.

As the print is on the inside, it can both be shown off or hidden from view, depending on the look you are going for.

It isn’t only suitable for use as a coffee table; it would look perfect in a games room or as a console table, including for televisions.

Reasons to Buy

  • Size and design options
  • Curved shape

Reasons to Avoid

  • Price

6.
Mecor Modern Oval Rotating Coffee Table

Specifications

  • Material: MDF
  • Dimensions: W80 x D60 x H42cm
  • Shape: Oval

Three-tiered coffee tables commonly look a bit bulky and tall, taking up more space than they need to, so this rotating model is great for those low on room.

The bottom shelf is a white high-gloss design which helps to lift the space and give it a really modern feel. The middle is completely glass for a minimalistic touch, and the upper is oak-design. Essentially, you’re getting three designs in one.

The upper shelf is the one which rotates, and if you spin it 180 degrees you can have more tabletop space, just split over two levels. When you’re done entertaining, turn it back around again to hide your magazines and remotes from immediate view.

Reasons to Buy

  • Easy to assemble
  • Price

Reasons to Avoid

  • No way to lock the rotation/position