Last Updated: 29-06-2020

10 Best Cheap Coffee Tables 2021

Coffee tables don’t just bring a room together with the help of a centrepiece; they can also be incredibly practical, whether you are entertaining or tucked up on the sofa all by yourself and don’t want to reach too far for the crisps.

If you are tempted by one, but don’t have a big budget to stretch to or don’t see the point of spending hundreds of pounds on one, don’t think you will end up with something you hate or that doesn’t do the full job.

All of the following coffee tables are under £50, but are still great at their job and will bring some extra space and a focal point to your room.

The Best Cheap Coffee Tables

Argos Home Coffee Table


  • Dimensions: H45 x W90 x D45cm
  • Material: Veneer
  • Colours Available: Black, White, Oak

If you are looking for a simple coffee table for your living space or study which is affordable without reducing the quality, then this offering is perfect.

It is a good size, with plenty of area on which to set all your cups and glasses, and even a bowl of sweets as you settle down to watch a film for the night. Talking of films, it could also work with a small TV or some shelving for a gaming system/set-top boxes.

There isn’t much assembling, as all you need to do is screw the legs on to the top. This is quite thick and sturdy enough for all those day to day tasks, and it will hold up to 30kg at any one time.

There isn’t any extra storage or shelving, but if you simply want a bit of space to keep all of the mugs off the floor where they are always getting knocked over, then it does the trick. The reason it is our top pick is because it looks a lot more expensive than it is, and is a generous size despite only offering one level of storage.

Reasons to Buy

  • Colour choice
  • Lightweight

Reasons to Avoid

  • Can be a bit unstable

Verona Coffee Table


  • Dimensions: H41.5 x W80 x D39.5cm
  • Material: MDF
  • Colours Available: Light Wood, Dark Wood

Sometimes, a simple table with one surface isn’t quite enough. Having a bonus under-shelf gives you somewhere to keep all of those TV magazines and crossword books, or even a little storage box for your chargers and spare remotes which you would usually misplace otherwise.

The Verona coffee table is still a fab price, but with a bit of extra possibility. An exposed look keeps it minimalistic and makes it perfect for small spaces as it won’t look too cluttering and will still give the illusion of space.

With tubing support for the legs, the table is strong yet has a modern touch thanks to the contrast in colours. The legs are white on the lighter shade, and with the dark they are black.

Reasons to Buy

  • Two shelves
  • Light or dark wood

Reasons to Avoid

  • Plastic legs

Furinno Simple Design Coffee Table


  • Dimensions: 87.63 x 54.61 x 41.4cm
  • Material: Composite Wood
  • Colours Available: French Oak Grey/Black, Espresso

This stylish, basic coffee table is ideal if you are after something which is spacious yet minimalistic. There is an under-shelf to offer a bit of extra storage, and for something a bit different and creative, the top is also slightly larger and broader than the general build of the table.

This gives you a bit more room on each side for when you are entertaining and there are a few more glasses to accommodate, as well as hiding the bottom shelf a bit more efficiently. The shape is slightly angular, which gives it a different touch to all of the rectangular, quite harsh designs of a lot of the other coffee tables on the market.

The legs fit in with this shape too; they are quite thin and angled at 45 degree turns, without compromising on sturdiness. Whatever colour and decor your living space, one of the two colours on offer should fit it all perfectly.

Reasons to Buy

  • Colour options
  • Design

Reasons to Avoid

  • Small

Bournemouth Tray Coffee Table


  • Dimensions: H43 x W95 x D56 cm
  • Material: Wood
  • Colours Available: Pine/Grey

You want something that is able to keep your drinking glasses and food selections in one place when you settle down for the Saturday night film, but you have a suspicion that either the cat, children or other half will end up knocking them all off.

A tray table will not only keep everything secure and in place (saving your poor old carpet), but also gives you something a little bit different as a focal point when guests come.

It is full of country charm, perfect for those traditional homely living rooms. You will also be able to place it in pretty much any setting and it will look the part, no matter the colour palette or theme.

The tray sits on top of criss-cross legs, to give it a bit more strength and stability. It also looks a bit less severe than a table with four individual legs.

The table comes as part of the larger Argos Home Bournemouth furniture collection, so feel free to browse through matching furniture pieces in case you want to kit out your entire room with a set.

Reasons to Buy

  • Keeps everything on table
  • Country look
  • Great quality for price

Reasons to Avoid

  • Can’t be folded like some other tray tables

Furniture To Go Coffee Table/TV Stand Unit


  • Dimensions: W50 x D40 x H40cm
  • Material: Melamine
  • Colours Available: Oak

Whether you want something a little bit different and less angular, or you have little ones running about and are conscious about sharp corners, rounded edge styles are ideal.

This particular model fits the bill, and there is a shelf underneath for a bit of extra storage too. Size-wise, it is not as long as the majority of coffee tables on the market which are around 100 cm, so it is ideal for any small living areas, but there is a larger version available too if you want to make the most of your spare space.

The laminated surface should keep you relatively safe from possible damage from any spills or hot drinks, but we would still always recommend using coasters of course.

Reasons to Buy

  • Easy to assemble
  • Shelf addition

Reasons to Avoid

  • Easy to mark with drinks/cups

Cubes 1 Shelf Coffee Table


  • Dimensions: H30 x W80 x D40cm
  • Material: Particle Board
  • Colours Available: White, Black Ash, Oak Effect

Shorter in height than a lot of other coffee tables available, this Cubes model would make a great addition to any small spaces where taller options can seem to crowd the space.

The ‘Cubes’ name describes it perfectly; rather than being a separate top and shelf design, it is a bit like a box with the lower storage all contained within an outer casing. Perfect for anyone who wants everything tucked away and not visible to anyone who comes into the room. The space on the top is still generous enough to keep all of your cups of tea and snacks safe though.

There is a full Cubes range which also features a TV stand and sideboard etc., so if you are after several pieces of furniture for a bit of a decor overhaul, it is an ideal option.

Reasons to Buy

  • Design is a bit different
  • Choice of colours

Reasons to Avoid

  • Small so check dimensions

Huisen Furniture Rectangular Coffee Table


  • Dimensions: W90 x D48 x H44 cm
  • Material: Wood
  • Colours Available: Black, Walnut

Coming in comfortably under £50 with enough money to spare for some coffee coasters, this table is available in walnut or black and is great for taking things back to basics.

Whether you are looking for something temporary, or you don’t want to spend too much as it’ll just get damaged by the kids/cat/dog, it will ensure you have a place to put drinks and nibbles when watching television. It is simple, yet modern, and is easy to put together.

It would make a great table for anyone who knows it will also be used as a kid’s drawing table/footstool for the household.

Reasons to Buy

  • Price
  • Basic design – easy to match other furniture

Reasons to Avoid

  • Doesn’t feel massively sturdy

Matrix Coffee Table


  • Dimensions: H45 x W100 x D50cm
  • Material: Glass, Chrome
  • Colours Available: Clear Glass, Black

If you want an affordable, basic glass coffee table on a low budget, then the Matrix is an ideal centrepiece and the best cheap glass table we found.

There aren’t only two surfaces for extra flexible storage possibilities, but the glass gives it a clean and up-to-date look too. It is available in both clear and black options, whether you need something to help the room look a bit bigger and more modern or a dark feature for what is otherwise a bright and airy room.

As it is glass, you will need to stay on top of keeping it clean and protecting it from spills/heat, but if you do, it is strong enough to last you for years.

Reasons to Buy

  • Tow designs available
  • Easy to assemble

Reasons to Avoid

  • Glass would be easy to mark

FURINNO 3-Tier No Tools Coffee Table


  • Dimensions: H80 x 39.6 x 27.7 cm
  • Material: Veneer
  • Colours Available: White

This is a table for any families who need to stack a million and one magazines, remote sets, and books, but on a budget.

The three tiers are perfect for giving extra storage and are just about deep enough to accommodate some boxes in case you want to keep everything stored away from view.

It’s also available in a Mid style, which is two-tier and slightly longer and lower, in case you want to fill a bit more space. But the taller three-tier model stuck out for us, as it gives you more space while saving it too.

It comes in white, which should be nice and modern and clean for the majority of living rooms. You can also buy a matching TV stand in the same colour, in case you are looking for a full set of furniture to fill the room.

Reasons to Buy

  • Slightly rounded corners for safety
  • Super easy to wipe clean
  • Gives more storage option

Reasons to Avoid

  • Does feel a bit cheap

Ikea Lack Coffee Table


  • Dimensions: L90 x H45 x W55cm
  • Material: Composite Wood/Veneer
  • Colours Available: Black/Brown

Ikea’s Lack range has built up a bit of a cult following over the years with people on the search for budget-friendly, minimalistic yet reliable furniture.

There is a shelf underneath to offer some extra storage, and despite this, it is all easy to put together. It is lightweight too, so if you are after a table which will occasionally have to travel around the room, it should be up to the task.

If you need a hard-wearing coffee table which can withstand quite a bit of weight, it may not be the ideal choice. The under-shelf is quite thin and can bend if there is too much put on it, but for a few magazines, there should be no problem.

Reasons to Buy

  • Simple to build

Reasons to Avoid

  • Chips and marks easily

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