Shopping for a Coffee Table

Hey guys! I hope y’all have recovered from your food comas and paid off your credit cards from Black Friday because we’re not done shopping. Not quite yet anyway. I need a new coffee table, and I need your input. Well, to be honest I’ve needed a new coffee table for quite some time (since we moved into the house, I knew the existing one wasn’t quite right), but Thanksgiving evening it all came to a head when this little gem was finally unrolled and loved on. Ya, have to admit, I kinda caressed it’s awesomeness for a few minutes an hour or two or three or four (let’s be real). I’ve been lusting over it for years. Ever since my girl Emily Henderson rolled it out for the first time, I kinda went bonkers over it.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved (past tense) my present coffee table in our old place, but it just doesn’t fit in the space in this new house. It’s a 48″ x 48″ monstrosity that has overtaken the TV room. It’s enormous! The Boy and I can roll out a full sushi meal on it and have room to spare. It’s crazy huge (and for sale BTDubs). I loved it at the time because of it’s size, and it’s from Room and Board so you really can’t go wrong. However, in this new space, it must go.

Shopping for a coffee table

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But the almost 4 year long question has been, “What are we to replace it with?” I don’t think I’ve ever been so indecisive. Covering up the beautiful Souk rug from West Elm cannot happen though, so a decision has got to be made.

My love for Mid-Century Modern is not a secret, but trying to find a vintage piece that I immediately fall in love with that doesn’t cost and arm and a leg has eluded me. Believe me, I’ve look. Everywhere. I just can’t seem to find the perfect piece to commit to. I’ve shopped every store in the city I know, but nothing has caught my fancy. So I’ve turned to the big box stores, and even those seem to all have a very similar look.

Shopping for a coffee table

1. Mid-Century awesomeness from West Elm. So I have to first begin by stating for the record that West Elm is killin’ it in the Mid-Century department. I am crushing on this piece so hard, but it has a problem. A big problem. It’s just too darn small. The width is there at 47″, but with only 17″ in depth, I’m afraid I’ll have the complete opposite problem that I’m having now. Must find a happy medium, but those brass accents are pulling at my heartstrings.

2. Room and Board Portica Cocktail Table with cherry top. So I’ve loved this table for awhile now, and it’s obvious because I have 3 matching end tables to prove it. It’s simple and it’s perfect…except the top is quite soft, and I’ve unfortunately scratched all 3 a few times. Insert sad face here. And that scares me since I just busted Little Maus banging a car against the square monster that exists now.

3. The Moroccan Tray Table by Pottery Barn. I’ve always loved these, but PB pictured them all outside, something that has me second guessing my choice. It’s amazing how a picture can sway your decision. Plus, the West Elm Souk Rug already has a very Moroccan look and feel, do I really want all of Tangiers up in my living space? Maybe? Maybe not? Although I do love the look. I also have a Franco Albini Ratan Ottoman sitting in the same room (and in no way shape or form should you pay more then $300 for one of these ottomans). Should you have 2 round pieces so close to each other?

4. Room and Board Lind Cowhide Round Table. This here is kind of a no brainer. I already have this piece and yes, being on a budget restraint, I should really be shopping my own house. It’s easy. I don’t have to pay for delivery. There’s no waiting. Immediate fix. Hmmmm, but I’ll still have to find a coffee table for the basement. It’s an immediate fix for upstairs, but it still does not fix my coffee table woes. Also, I’m so protective of this table, and I swear every child wants to ride this puppy cow. At least I can kinda protect it in the basement. Also, see the Franco Albini dilemma above.

5. ABC Carpet and Home. I love this store, but everything seems to be priced just out of range for me and my pocketbook. However, this guy here surprised me! IT’S ON SALE!!!! And the depth is perfection! 47″ x 27″! I gain almost 2 feet of my living space back! It’s a very simple piece and I like how open it is. I won’t feel like I’m covering the new rug. Interesting, very interesting. My problem with this piece is that I can’t actually see it in person unless I want to fly to NYC. Roadtrip anyone?

6. This little guy from Pottery Barn is very similar to the piece by ABC Carpet and Home, but it’s got a black top. This one is on sale as well AND I found almost an identical one at Crate and Barrel for almost 3 times the price! YIKES! I question if it will be too dark, but then again, it will be sitting near a TV console that is wood, so maybe the contrast will be a good thing. However, it’s downfall is being only 13.75″ in depth.

7.  This table by Jayson Home and Garden is technically a bench, but by now I’m thinking outside the box. The reclaimed wood and old railroad ties sing its lovely industrial song in my head, but again, only 13″ in depth. It does make up for it in width though with its 65″ of awesome.

So, is 13″ depth a deal breaker? The Boy seems to think so, but I can usually sway him. What do you guys think? Do you have a favorite? I’m leaning towards #5 from ABC Carpet and Home. It’s pretty, it has the depth I want. Each of the above tables are so lovely, but each has a small drawback. Decisions. Decisions.

14 Comments

  1. Gilly December 1, 2014

    I have the same predicament! Except I have no coffee table and just can’t seem to find the right one! I personally like the ABC carpet and Home one! But that is only because I want one just like that but round!

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    • kyla December 1, 2014

      Gilly I’ll keep my eyes out for a round one for you!

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  2. Grace @ The Big Reveal December 1, 2014

    I need to see a picture of the TV room before I can commit. But, I am loving all of those options. I see your dilemma, lady.

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  3. Emily @ Table & Hearth December 1, 2014

    13″ is a deal breaker IMO. We have one very similar to your #5, not sure of our width though but I wish it was just a little bit deeper/more square. I got it at Overstock for about $150 so check there for tables too! And if you’re ordering from anywhere, today is your day to get one for sure 🙂 Orrrr, you can always DIY an industrial pipe one …

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    • kyla December 1, 2014

      Ha! I probably SHOULD DIY one! I’m going to check Overstock now! I always forget about them and they have great stuff!

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  4. Lauren @FOXTAIL + MOSS December 2, 2014

    ALWAYS with the coffee table dilemma! I swear it’s the story of my life. But number one and number five….those are some good looking tables, lady. Can’t wait for a living room reveal when the room is all done! Xx.

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    • kyla December 2, 2014

      I’m leaning towards #5 Lauren! I think I’m going to just break down and do it!

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  5. Jennifer @ Brave New Home December 2, 2014

    I wrote a similar post…almost two years ago! And I still don’t have a coffee table. My list also included that Moroccan beauty, I decided on it, then it went permanently out of stock from where I planned to buy it from. Long story long, I too am still in need of a coffee table.

    Is your living room what you refer to as the front room? I’m guessing they’re different but I’m a bit new here. I also love the MCM West Elm table. I don’t think it’s too narrow but that depends what you use the coffee table for (board games or just an occasional drink). Urban Outfitters has some reasonably priced MCM looking coffee tables (and even some Moroccan ones) right now, might be worth a look if you haven’t seen them yet.

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    • kyla December 2, 2014

      Ha! I know! Coffee table are a big conundrum. I swear. They have to be JUST perfect. My living room is actually different form the front room. It’s the room where we watch TV and more or less hang out as a family. My husband and I eat there most nights unlike normal people who eat at a dinner table. We’re animals. LOL. Good luck on your own quest for the perfect coffee table Jennifer. I’m interested in seeing what piece you end up with. You have such great style girl.

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  6. #7! Love that one! Have you checked out Dot & Bo? I’ve been crushing hard on some pieces that they have!

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    • kyla December 2, 2014

      I have checked them out, but I had a weird snafoo on their website. I tried to order a, Eames style shell chair and for some reason my account, the way it was set up, wouldn’t allow me to check out. Their customer service team was super nice and tried to help me…I’ve even talked to their IT guys to try to fix it. They said it’s the weirdest thing. It’s like I’m banned from ever buying from there. Total bummer since their merchandise it so cool.

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  7. Jessica December 2, 2014

    Wowzers! This is a tough one. Hmmm, I too love MCM but I also love the Moroccan table as well as number 5. You might have to draw a furniture plan and see which one fits your space dimension wise. Maybe choose your top 2 and create a moodboard and have us choose. I don’t know…all of the tables are nice and have a bit of character or something that makes them special. This is tough…

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  8. emily December 6, 2014

    all great choices! if you don’t want to cover up that gorgeous rug, have you considered d0ing something glass or acrylic so you can see it in all its glory? CB2 has some nice options…. but, if I had to pick from the above options I agree that the ABC Home option is lovely.

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