My Search for a New Coffee Table for our Family Room

Ever since we got a new couch, I’ve been itching to get a new coffee table. Actually it started with the couch…then it snowballed into building a DIY side table…then adding a new piece of art…then finally the addition of our leather chair.

family-living-room-sectional-built-insIsn’t it funny how one change in a room can then catapult into so many more?! But the fact remains…I need a new coffee

I DIY’ed our current coffee table about 4 years ago and it was my first ever staining project. I made quite a few mistakes during that run (like not using wood conditioner and wiping down the wood with water…yikes!), and those mistakes led to a less than ideal finish on the table. But you’ve gotta start somewhere, right?coffee-table-family-room

While I’ve always loved the size and style of the table, it has some serious damage on the top and a lot of discoloration from all of the wear and tear. The tray that I keep on top of the table masks a lot of the flaws, but it can only do so much. So the time has come to finally replace this table with something else!

Coffee Table Must-Haves

I have a few must-haves when it comes to this upcoming purchase…

  1. Round: There are a lot of straight lines in this space with the rug, built-ins, and sectional. A round table softens the area and allows for good flow in the family room.
  2. Wood or Black: Because the built-ins are white and our dining room table is white marble, I want to avoid those colors for the coffee table. I think wood would really warm up the space, but I’m also not opposed to black.
  3. Legs? No Legs?: I’m not really sure if I want legs on the coffee table. The sectional, side table, and leather chair all have noticeable legs and I think adding a coffee table with more legs would make the space look too busy. There aren’t a ton of great coffee tables without legs, so I’m not sure how this one will go down.

With those stipulations in mind, I started online shopping and searched my go-to sites.

West ElmCrate & BarrelCB2WayfairThe MineAllModernPottery BarnOverstockArticle…these are all sites I checked out to view their coffee table inventory. Here are some of my favorites.

Round Coffee Table  – Crate & Barrel

I really love the shape and weight of this piece and I’ve always had great luck with the quality of the furniture from Crate & Barrel. But I feel like I really need to see this coffee table in person. It looks almost black to me online, but it says it’s mahogany. I wouldn’t want the coloring to be too red and clash with the space. This one is a maybe, but that price tag is super steep for a coffee table…

Wood Top Coffee TableThe Minethe-mine-round-coffee-table

I like this coffee table. The size, the shape, the color of the wood. The only thing holding me back is that it may be a bit too rustic for our space. What do you think? Too farmhouse for our city condo?

Copenhagen Coffee TableOverstock

The simple look of this coffee table really draws me in, plus the wood color is very nice and soothing. I think it would complement the gray color of the couch. And you can’t beat that price tag…gotta love Overstock! But I worry that it’s too “leggy” for the space.

Black & BrownOverstock

I really like the modern look of this table and it’s just over $200! The black metal legs would look sleek in our space and I’m all for that! I do worry that it may be too dinky and not have enough “weight” in our space. But definitely a contender.

Black MetalWayfair

I could really get behind this one from Wayfair. It’s simple, classic, and would definitely work for our space! If I could find something comparable at a lower price I would probably pull the trigger on this one!

Light WoodArticlearticle-light-wood-table

Our cognac leather chair is from Article and I’m obsessed with it, so I would definitely be on board to add another piece of their furniture to our home. The light wood on this piece would definitely go with the look in our space, and the black legs would match our dining table and side table. But is that too many black legs going on? I’m not sure…

Round Wood TableOverstock

This is the table I’ve been coveting for quite some time. The only problem is…it’s either $1,300 on some sites (like on Wayfair right here) or when it’s more in the $400 range it is out of stock. Gah. I signed up on Overstock to get a notification if the $409 version comes back in stock. Anyone see this table anywhere else at a manageable price? If so, I just might scoop it up!

Well, I think I’m feeling more confused than ever! You guys gave me such great advice for our bathroom lights…I’d love to hear your thoughts on my coffee table design dilemma. Any insight? Any tables that you absolutely adore? HELP!


  • Erin

    i think i’d go with the article coffee table. that looks like the best fit to me!

    • Yeah that is a good one! And the price isn’t too bad either

  • Trang

    I like the Article or the Wayfair metal one. I am not digging the leg-less ones; they look odd. Good luck in your pursuit; I’m sure it will look great whatever you end up with.

  • Austin Brewer

    I’m so obsessed with the round one at the end, but I was never able to catch it at the lower price, either. Ended up with a round bone-inlay table from West Elm, which works perfectly with our sectional! I think the first table from Crate & Barrel would look stunning, but sheesh, that price!

    • Happy to know I’m not the only one going gaga over that pricey round one! Do you think a bone-inlay would work for my space? And I agree…I love the C&B one…but that is a heck of a lot of money for a small table. Hmmmm… feeling more confused than ever!

    • Austin Brewer

      I have a dark gray sectional, so the creamy tones of the bone inlay brighten up my room a bit and balance it out. Honestly, I think the type I have would probably not give you enough contrast with your white built-ins and the marble table. I just agree that round is the way to go to balance out the hard lines of a sectional!

    • That sounds gorgeous Austin! Thanks for the insight.

  • shawnna griffin

    Hey girl- good luck on the coffee table. I like the copenhagen table the best!

  • Veronica Susan

    I like the one from The Mine…. but what if you painted the base black? I feel like then it might just meet all of your wants.

    • You’re right…a quick coat of black spray paint might make it perfect!

  • Kimberlie Pelletier

    Howdy Casey! I think your space would look good with a reclaimed wood piece. Maybe live edge or barn wood. I found this great piece on Overstock.
    Love the round shape, hair pin metal legs and that patina! Not a bad price at $500.

  • I don’t envy you on this decision making friend, what a tough call! So many options! My gut instinct was to go with one of the more solid pieces, the Crate and Barrel or the Overstock one-in other words, the crazy expensive one or the out of stock one…sorry! What I like about those two is that they have some weight to them and would anchor the space, if that makes sense. I also like the Article one. Touch call, can’t wait to see what you choose! Good luck!

    • I completely agree Kerri! I feel like I have so many “legs” in this room and something to anchor it all would be really nice. But damn..those prices! Fingers crossed the Overstock one comes back in stock and I can pounce on it in time!

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  • Kara D

    I like a lot of these choices, and since I’m also casually looking for a coffee table for my own living room – one “feature” that sticks out in my head is the “legs”. For those with the round circular bottom like the Wayfair or The Mine tables, you’d have to lift the whole table up or move it whenever you want to vacuum underneath it. That would irk me over time. Granted, in a no-kids-no-pet household, it wouldn’t be a big deal to not vacuum underneath too often, but it depends on how OCD you’d feel about it!

    • Good thing to think about Kara! Our couch has legs and I can’t even imagine how scary it’s starting to look under there….

  • Marguerite Huber

    We basically have that Overstock Copenhagen coffee table! Our previous coffee table was too bulky and this one works great and it was even better that I got it on Craigslist for $50 and refinished it! 🙂

  • Katie

    So, this one is cheaper (not much) and similar to one you posted
    I’m in the market for a new coffee table myself, and would prefer a round one so that cuts the pool even smaller. P.S. – Isn’t looking back at an early DIY kind of hysterical? I painted a dining room wood buffet and did a less than stellar job because it was my first time painting furniture. Oops!

    • Oh thanks for the link Katie! That one is nice.

      And holy smokes…looking back at old projects is torture! But I guess it’s a good reminder of how far you’ve come!

  • All of those are amazing one! I love the black metal coffee table, looks stunning. I love it. Thanks!

  • Taylor

    Where is the rug from?