If you're thinking about coffee tables as space wasters, there's time you change your mind. There are plenty of stylish and functional alternatives to the classic, simple and huge table in the middle of the room. At the same time, there are also alternatives for the big table and you'll have the chance to discover them in the gallery we've gathered.
Instead of focusing on how to place the big coffee table in the center of the living room and still have space to move around, you could start thinking in multiples. Placing two, three or four smaller coffee tables instead of a large one will bring both function and shape - and will give you a contemporary look that's super practical.
You can group a couple of small side table stools that create a sculptural statement or go for a random group of simple small tables. They benefit from the fact that can be easily rearranged or moved whenever it's necessary.
You can also go for the bench-style coffee table, an ingenious and fresh idea. Benches can be moved near a couch section and they ensure plenty of available space for your stuff.
In the case of a tight living room, a pair of shapely wooden stools provide enough surface without the space requirement, and they don't take too much space from the room's surface.