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5 Unexpected Coffee Table Ideas For Small Spaces

Dual-purpose ottomans aren’t your only choice

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Photography: Miguel Nacianceno (Main Photo)

When you’re furnishing small spaces, one piece of advice you usually hear is to use multipurpose furniture that fit in your tiny space. While this is a smart solution, this shouldn’t limit you from exploring other possibilities for your space. For instance, you don’t have to skip the coffee table altogether. In fact, you can use a full-size one. It simply depends on the other pieces in the room. Here are some ideas: 

1. Use a slim coffee table.

If you want plenty of space to move around in the living area, get a slim coffee table. You can surround it with several seating pieces as seen in the photo above. Place an area rug to pull everything together and to keep the space at the center from looking bare. 

2. Use a storage chest as coffee table.

Don’t discard your lola’s precious baul.  Turn it into a coffee table that also doubles as storage. This works well especially in a contemporary Pinoy home. 

3. Balance a curvy, full-size coffee table with streamlined pieces.

The dark, wooden coffee table may look heavy in this small living area, but it doesn’t, thanks to the soft, boxy seating pieces surrounding it. The neutral color scheme also helps tone down the size of the coffee table so it doesn’t look imposing. 

4. Follow the shape or layout of the room.

A slim, rectangular coffee table fits just right in the living area of fashion designer Phio Enaje. It is parallel to the long sofa, and both pieces follow the shape of the room. 

5. Fill your coffee table with things you love.

Don’t let the limited space stop you. Hairstylist Bambi Navarro dressed up his coffee table with accessories of all shapes and sizes—from a huge vase, a tall plant, down to pillar candles. They make an interesting vignette that is unexpected in a small space. 

Read more tips in Real Home Ideas 5: Small Space Solutions Book. Download a digital copy on the Real Living App. Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details. 

PHOTOS: Miguel Nacianceno (1, 2, 5) | Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions | Rene Mejia 

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