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The Best Functional Living Room Coffee Tables

Sebring Lift Top Cocktail Table from The RoomPlace

The various tables in your living room don’t have to be boring—many occasional tables actually have a lot going on. They can be more than just a way to hold cocktails and coffee cups. Let’s look at four ways coffee tables are unexpectedly functional.

Sedona Storage Cocktail Table from The RoomPlace

  1. Drawers & Storage

Maximize your living area’s storage space with a living room coffee table that features drawers and storage compartments. Tables like the Ross give you space to store TV remotes, DVDs, coasters, books and other items. This extra storage space allows you to keep clutter off the surface of the table and easily access your items when you need them.


Le Mans Lift Top Cocktail Table from The RoomPlace

  1. Lift Tops

Some cocktail tables have an innovative hidden feature that makes them all the more convenient and functional—lift tops. Lift-top cocktail tables like the Arcadia are perfect for making mealtime easier or creating a raised surface for holding your laptop, books, hobby supplies and more. When not in use, these lift-top surfaces can be easily lowered for a streamlined look. We also love the Ellis, which features a brilliant black base and a striking, faux-marble top in gray for a super sleek and modern look.

Lexenburg Console Table from The RoomPlace

  1. Shelves

Shelves are another feature that add storage space to your cocktail tables, and they’re also a great way to display home accents that express your style. Options like the Lexenburg Console Table or Sebring Lift-Top Cocktail Table feature shelves that give plenty of space to store and showcase your belongings and décor.

Vinton Charcoal Nesting Tables from The RoomPlace

  1. Nesting Tables

Perfect for smaller living rooms, nesting tables have the convenience of multiple tables without taking up too much floor space. Simply slide out a smaller table from underneath when you need it, and put it back when you’re done. The Vinton Charcoal or Wayhill nesting tables are two excellent choices for your family room.

With these ideas for functional living room coffee tables, you’re sure to find a table that works for your space and sense of style. At The RoomPlace, we carry a wide variety of multi-functional coffee tables, cocktail tables and accent tables that are stylish and affordable. Shop our entire occasional table section online at or visit us at one of our store locations to find the piece that’s perfect for you.

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5 Ways to Make a Small Room Feel Spacious

Norden 2 Pc. Nesting Tables from The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Norden 2 Pc. Nesting Tables from The RoomPlace

When you’re planning to design or redecorate a room, one of the first things to consider is the size of the space. If you’re working with a living room, bedroom or dining room that’s on the smaller end of the spectrum, you’ll be faced with some unique challenges that can make it difficult to choose the right furniture and décor.

Thankfully, we’re here to help, with a few top tips on making any small room feel more spacious.

#1: Choose Furniture Carefully

The furniture you choose—and how you arrange it—can make or break the space. Here are a handful of suggestions for choosing and arranging your furniture in a way that helps the room seem bigger:

  • Opt for multipurpose furniture when possible, such as an expandable dining table, nesting side tables or a sleeper sofa, to maximize available floor space.
Marlo Charcoal 3 Pc. Sectional with Full Sleeper (Reverse) from The RoomPlace
Image: Marlo Charcoal 3 Pc. Sectional with Full Sleeper (Reverse) from The RoomPlace
  • Choose some furniture that’s the same color as the walls. It will help those items blend in and help expand the room.
Roxbury Gray Loveseat from The RoomPlace
Image: Roxbury Gray Loveseat from The RoomPlace
  • If you don’t have the space to comfortably fit a full-size sofa, a loveseat makes a great alternative that takes up less floor space.
Nottingham Accent Chair from The RoomPlace
Image: Nottingham Accent Chair from The RoomPlace
  • Chairs with slim or open arms tend to have a smaller profile and lighter appearance.
  • Avoid blocking walkways. If you have to walk around furniture the moment you enter a room, it will instantly feel small and cramped. Arrange furniture out and away from pathways.
  • The largest furniture, like bookshelves, a bed frame or an entertainment center, should be pushed against a wall to maximize open space.

#2: Leave Open Space

You can’t achieve a spacious, open look if there’s too much clutter in the room. When choosing your furniture and designing the room, make sure you leave plenty of open floor space to keep a balanced appearance and help the space seem larger. Avoid arranging your living room furniture too close together—you should leave enough space to comfortably walk between your coffee table, sofa, loveseat and/or chairs.

#3: Use Light Colors

Light, neutral hues reflect more light than dark colors, making a room feel airy and maximizing the appearance of spaciousness. Creative use of contrast—such as painting the trim a lighter color than the walls—can also trick the eye into thinking the room is larger than it really is.

Linon Quatrefoil Gray Area Rug from The RoomPlace
Image: Linon Quatrefoil Gray Area Rug from The RoomPlace

#4: Size Your Rugs Correctly

One common mistake many people make is choosing a rug that’s too large for the room. While large area rugs can help the room appear bigger by drawing the eye across the space, you should keep at least 18 inches of bare floor exposed around the edge of the room to ensure it doesn’t seem crowded.

Emmons Square Mirror from The RoomPlace
Image: Emmons Square Mirror from The RoomPlace

#5: Add a Mirror to Your Décor

Mirrors are one easy way to give the illusion of depth and space in a small room. Since they reflect light, they can simultaneously make the room appear brighter and larger. There’s no need to go overboard with mirrors on each wall, but a single large mirror on a main wall is a great idea.

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Trending Looks Series: Contemporary Family Room

Trending Look Series: Contemporary Family Room from the RoomPlace
Featured Image: Trending Look Series: Contemporary Family Room from the RoomPlace

Beautiful and contemporary through-and-through, this family room is the complete package: comfortable and modern, with the perfect balance of timeless subtlety and trendy elegance. Let’s take a look at contemporary family room furniture to help you achieve this design in your own home!

Color Palette

This look is best suited to a neutral modern color scheme, but that doesn’t mean it lacks character. Off-white, warm gray, soft beige, slate and taupe are excellent wall color choices for this room’s style. Accents in black, deep brown and silver add richness and contrast for a cohesive room design that offers plenty of contemporary appeal.

Athena Navy 3 Pc. Living Room from The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Athena Navy 3 Pc. Living Room from The RoomPlace

Sofa & Seating

The stylish, modern Athena Gray Sofa serves as a comfortable and contemporary centerpiece for this family room. Complete with patterned throw pillows that add color and upholstered in cozy polyester, this sofa is both beautiful and durable. Paired with the coordinating ottoman and a complementary Sydney Gray Power Recliner, it’s a set that will bring luxury to your space in an understated way.

Mikkel Black 3 Pc. Table Set from The RoomPlace
Image: Mikkel Black 3 Pc. Table Set from The RoomPlace

TV Stand & Tables

The contemporary styling of the Trimble Cappuccino 60” TV Stand features asymmetrical shelves and a minimalist look, for a functional yet attractive appearance. As the entertainment center for your modern family room, this TV stand is a versatile piece that complements most décor. The simple and elegant Mikkel Black 3 Pc. Table Set, which includes a modern black coffee table and side tables, looks great alongside it, while providing plenty of space for holding drinks, books and more.

Hannah Mirror from The RoomPlace
Image: Hannah Mirror from The RoomPlace

Décor & Accents

Décor brings this contemporary look together by drawing in colors from the furniture. This unique Zinc Flowers wall art is a striking, sculptural piece that brings a modern rustic touch to the space. The Hannah Mirror features a timeless, minimalist style that brightens the room and adds the illusion of more space.

Image: Huntley Area Rug (5'X8') from The RoomPlace
Image: Huntley Area Rug (5’X8′) from The RoomPlace

This strikingly textured Huntley Area Rug provides a perfect color contrast to the sofa and tables for a trendy yet timeless aesthetic. Plush and hand-loomed, this area rug gives the room a “put-together” look and provides warmth and coziness.

Monte Floor Lamp from The FloorPlace
Image: Monte Floor Lamp from The FloorPlace

Stylish lighting is essential in a contemporary living space, and the Monte Floor Lamp and Lyla Table Lamp make a great pair. Decorative but not too dramatic, these lamps provide perfect ambient lighting for any family room. A table lamp on either side of the sofa is a good way to balance the light and add convenience.

Enjoying our Trending Looks blog series? Stay tuned for future looks and new style boards, and check out our past look at contemporary dining rooms.