A coffee table is an important and essential part of the living room. Usually most of the people settle for mass-produced trite coffee tables in their living rooms. However, not all of them are comfortable with the look that a common-place coffee table imparts to the living room.
This article is especially for those who want one-of-a-kind pieces in their homes. The ideas given here will make a coffee table unconventional in appearance but it will remain as functional as any other regular coffee table.
Some of these ideas are about pieces of furniture, which can be used as the coffee tables and other ideas are for quirky updates that you can do to plain Jane coffee tables.
Use an ottoman as the coffee table
An ottoman (with or without a storage underneath) can serve as a very functional yet chic coffee table. Of course, the top is padded but this will not be a problem for those who have a large tray at the home. Place any large tray in plastic, wood, metal, or glass that is in accordance with the décor theme of the room on top of the ottoman. This way it would be able to handle spills just as efficiently as any other regular coffee table. If you do not have a large tray, a combination of smaller trays can be used.
Use an old chest as the coffee table
I have used an old chest from the flee market as the coffee table in my living room until it broke (for it was too old). Everyone who visited us used to ask us about it. Most of the people thought that it is a family heirloom and praised me for preserving. Others used to think that I must have spent a fortune on it to get it shipped from some online Indian antique shop. If one can maintain, the chests can serve to be great coffee tables. Their look is very polished and elegant.
Place a picture frame on the coffee table
A way to upgrade a plain coffee table is to place an oversized picture frame over it. Personally, I like the frame without a picture. This way the regular items like coffee mugs, books, or decoration pieces on a coffee table are highlighted. However placing a frame with a picture too is perfectly fine (as long as the picture is safe from the spills).
Place an old door on a coffee table
Smaller sized antique or custom-made doors are a décor treasure. If one can find such a door in a flee market or an abandoned property, it can be placed over a plain coffee table to give it an entirely different look.
However always make sure that the door is stable on the table. The table should be able to support the weight of the door and the dimensions of the two pieces should be compatible. Always remove the lock/handle from the door before it is to be placed over the coffee table. Sometimes the door might need a fresh coat of paint or wax treatment.
Use a cabinet unit as the coffee table
I have seen abandoned kitchen cabinet units in the flee markets. A unit of double cabinet is almost of the same dimensions as the coffee table is. Most of these cabinet units can simply be spray painted to hide the flaws and to serve as the coffee table. The bonus is that one gets a whole lot of storage space.