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All About the Round Coffee Table

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As the seasons change, I find myself searching for new decor to give my followers fresh ideas. Looking back at coffee tables, I loved our old coffee table (and reviewed it here). I really enjoy creating updated looks with different styles. When looking for a coffee table, there are several shapes available. In my opinion, a round coffee table is the most versatile shaped option and can blend seamlessly into almost any style.

I have found so many beautiful round coffee tables while searching for new pieces for my home. Some are high-end designer items and some are reasonably priced with a designer look. There are several budget-friendly round tables that I know you’ll love – keep reading and let me know which is your favorite!

Living room furniture with white round coffee table decorated with coffee table books, trays, and more.

Round is Classic

I know how overwhelming it can get when you start searching for the perfect piece of furniture, and coffee tables are no exception. There are so many options out there and being inundated with picture-perfect rooms on Instagram and Pinterest doesn’t help. Lately, the trend seems to be leaning towards large, square-shaped coffee tables, but I’m here to tell you why you’ll get the most bang for your buck by sticking with a classic round shape in some rooms!

Coffee table styling with a round bamboo tray, beads garland, and candle.

Round coffee tables truly look good in any space and are such a classic and natural choice. Just think about it- most furniture and walls have clean, straight lines – sofas, curtains, rugs, etc. A round coffee table is the perfect way to soften up a room full of harsh angles and bring some organic curvature into a space.

Round coffee tables naturally draw the eye to the center of the room and ground the space. A round coffee table is the easiest style to pair with any type of furniture and it doesn’t have to be perfectly aligned, like its rectangular and square counterparts.

Another great thing about round coffee tables? Less corners for kids to run into and hurt themselves on (if you know, you know). The natural curvature of a round coffee table allows for more space on all sides, making it the ideal choice for smaller living rooms and dens.

What About Square or Rectangular Tables?

In some cases, you may be better off picking a rectangular or square coffee table for your room. For instance, a smaller sofa or loveseat typically will look best with a rectangular coffee table that’s between half and two-thirds the length of the sofa.

Rectangle coffee table in living room with small sofas and chairs.

Some round options can look bulky and out of place with only a small piece of furniture. On the other hand, a large space will require a larger piece of furniture. Sometimes a very large room will look best with a large, square coffee table at the center to help ground the space.

The Best Layouts for a Round Coffee Table

There are a few things to consider when styling the layout of your room if you choose a round coffee table. As I mentioned earlier, you want your coffee table (no matter the shape) to be at least half as long as your sofa or sectional.

White pedestal coffee table in living room with sofa.

The ideal length is between half and two-thirds as long as the couch. It’s also important to consider the amount of space needed between your seating and table. It’s recommended to have at least 14 inches of clearance between the two. For fireplaces and TV setups, it’s recommended to have at least two to three feet of separation for safety.

If your living room has a sectional with a chaise, a round coffee table will give you plenty of room to easily access all sides of the sectional. A corner or square sectional also works well with either a round of square coffee table to help take up the large corner space.

I would recommend a rectangular coffee table if you have two sofas facing one another-this is really the a great layout for that shape. Another great thing about round coffee tables is that they don’t have to be in the very center of the room-they look balanced regardless of where they are. This really frees up your living room design and gives you more layout options if you have a particularly tricky space to work with.

Round Coffee Table Roundup

These 15 round coffee table options are perfect for any budget. From high-end to simple and modern, there's a round coffee table that's perfect for your design style.
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There are so many good options in the round coffee table market. You can go for traditional wood, coastal rattan, modern concrete, timeless wicker, or even a beautifully upholstered coffee table. I have owned option two and it was very well made and durable with children. You can read a full review about it here.

Coffee table number three is one of my absolute favorites and I actually own the same console table. I ordered option eight for less than $500 with plans to make it look like my favorite table. Do you think I can do it? Options four and six are from Amazon with Prime shipping! Options one and twelve are from Target, with budget-friendly price tags. Number fifteen is a designer lookalike!

Budget Friendly DIYs

Looking for a budget-friendly coffee table? You can attempt a coffee table as a do-it-yourself project. I found a few tutorials from Pennies for a Fortune and Schoolside Designs. Both of these DIY coffee tables are beginner friendly with beautiful results!

DIY round coffee table with fluted edge.
via Pennies for a Fortune

Styling your Round Coffee Table

I have a few key rules when it comes to styling coffee tables. A functional tray is a must for any coffee table. It holds all the necessities and serves as a beautiful focal point. Also, make sure your coffee table decor is consistent with you bookshelf stying.

For a round coffee table, I always recommend a tray and stack up some neutral, hardcover books that have a pretty spine. I also love incorporating books that speak to your personal style, hobbies, and interests. These books look great with our living room paint color, Balboa Mist.

Coffee table decor like books, plants, and round tray.

I always incorporate a decorative piece, like these marble links, decorative beads, or a nice candle to keep it interesting. Pretty coasters are another functional must-have item for my coffee table tray. Lastly, add some life and texture with greenery or flowers-real or faux-to keep things fresh!

Round coffee table decorated with a tray, coffee table books, and decor.

Round Coffee Table

If you’re in need of a living room refresh, try mixing it up with a round coffee table. They’re versatile, timeless, and make a great focal point in any room. Add the perfect styling pieces on top and you can totally transform a space into something magazine-worthy. Do you have a favorite round coffee table from my selections? Let me know below and stay tuned to check out my living room refresh for the upcoming holidays!

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