Last Updated: 08-03-2020

10 Best Unusual Coffee Tables

Sometimes, a room needs something unconventional. Something which stands out and can be the central focus of the room.

Unusual coffee tables are a great way to do this. From old games machines which have been reclaimed, to different materials and multi-purpose tables, unusual coffee tables are often strange, certainly unique and always wonderful.

We have picked out some which will add a bit of character to any space while still being practical.

10 Best Unusual Coffee Tables

1.
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

2.
Mightymast Leisure MANIA 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

3.
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

4.
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

5.
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

6.
MADE Essentials Ziv Coffee Table

Specifications

  • Material: MDF, Walnut Veneer
  • Dimensions: 34 x 62 x 62cm
  • Shape: Round

An incredibly handy little coffee table which incorporates modernity and storage, too.

Take the lid off using the handles and you are faced with a handy tray which will keep drinks and other bits and bobs nice and steady – great if spillages are a frequent occurrence in your home.

Underneath this lid is a nice amount of storage space which will keep any of those unsightly items tucked away, such as the TV magazine, remotes and extra blankets which the dog would chew otherwise.

Reasons to Buy

  • Also storage
  • Choice of colours
  • Matching side table available

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not the strongest for heavy duty homes

7.
Cambrewood Handmade Cassette Coffee Table

Specifications

  • Material: Solid Wood
  • Dimensions: 110 x 40 x 60cm
  • Shape: Rectangular

We love coffee tables and other pieces of furniture which can show off passions and hobbies. This coffee table would be ideal for any music lover out there, especially if you are a fan of the retro.

Handmade from solid wood, standing on hairpin legs and with a tough perspex top, it is solid and strong-standing so can not only look great but also be effective and practical.

As a bonus, we love how the front can open up to reveal inner storage, which is great for keeping things like the remotes, phone chargers and coasters tucked away and out of sight until you need them.

Reasons to Buy

  • Really sturdy and strong
  • Hidden storage
  • Hairpin legs for modern look

Reasons to Avoid

  • Would have to be careful – could be easily scratched or marked

8.
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

9.
Maison Andaluz 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

10.
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

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