Small Coffee + Console Tables

Does having a small living room mean you can’t do much when it comes to interior decor? Not at all. Think of a cozy space as a shot of espresso: full of flavor and chic. Your personality comes through in the kind of decor you choose. Want to surround yourself with luxurious marble and metal? Not a problem. Maybe you’re looking for something artistic, like a bold accent chair or tables with strong geometric shapes. At west elm, our goal is to help you express yourself completely, while also taking care of the practical considerations of a smaller space. Our small coffee and console tables are one way to leave your moniker on a living room of any size. Here are a few tips to get your creative juices excited.


Storage coffee tables balance functionality and decor at the same time. How do they work? Usually, storage tables have a top surface that lifts up and away to reveal lots of open space inside. They give you a spot for board games, table cloths, extra throws, books, coasters and just about anything else you want to keep close but out of sight. At the same time, their sleek surface and sharp contours fit well with modern, vintage, retro, industrial and minimalist themes.


The way you design your living room often has to do with the kind of activities you prefer. If you love to entertain friends, you’re probably focusing on comfy seating for a conversation space along with a place to set drinks as your guests laugh and joke around. If your idea of a perfect evening is relaxing with someone special and watching a romantic movie, your living room arrangement is likely to reflect that. How can you get everything to fit and still have a spacious ambience?


Once you know the kinds of things you want to use the room for, pick out a few central pieces of furniture that highlight those activities. A cozy love seat, for example, is great for snuggling while watching a movie. Sofas and sectionals – there are definitely sofas and sectionals that work in smaller spaces too – let you be close to your friends and family, whereas a group of chairs creates a nice conversation spot with tons of flexibility in layouts.


There are accent tables in lots of different shapes to fill in the spaces in your design vision. For example, a side table near chairs provides a spot for a lamp, drinks or decor. Narrow tables slide easily in between chairs – or at the end of a sofa – while keeping a small profile. They give you room for books and electronics, or to focus purely on art. Round coffee tables grab attention with a beautiful vignette, but leave space along the sides so getting up and moving around is easy. You can decorate nesting tables for special occasions, and then slide them into a stack to free up floor space at other times.

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