The Best Coffee Tables Under $300

Savor the savings with these beautiful, budget-friendly coffee tables from Target, Pottery Barn, Wayfair and more.

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August 18, 2021

A penny saved is a penny earned. And, let's face it, we need to save all the pennies we can in order to keep up with our not-so-little coffee habit. Those morning lattes and afternoon espresso shots add up quickly.

When you need a pretty yet functional spot to prop up your feet, set down a drink or display a lovely collection of design books, turn to a coffee table. Small or large, these practical pieces of furniture anchor a living space and bring an additional design element to a seating area. Here's what to consider before buying.

How to Choose a Coffee Table

Overwhelmed by the thousands of options? Start by looking at your space to determine which size and style will best fit your current setup. Or, if your new coffee table serves as the jumping-off point to a whole new look, gather inspiration from Instagram and Pinterest with images that capture the feeling and layout you want to achieve.

Also, consider your lifestyle and how you'll use the coffee table. Will it be a decorative piece, additional storage or a footrest? Families with children should take into account not only the style but the shape and material (which we'll get into in a minute) since the table will likely be subject to messy hands and active play.

When ordering a coffee table online, pay close attention to the measurements. It's helpful to visualize the table by using a measuring tape to get a realistic idea of the size and how it will fit in your home.

And, lastly, of course, is budget. Do you want to splurge on an investment piece or save money on an inexpensive coffee table? We'll focus on the latter option, here.

Materials and Style

As mentioned above, the shape, style and material of coffee tables vary greatly. The most widely available options are rectangular wood tables. However, round and oval styles made from other natural materials, like stone, glass, metal and rattan, are also popular. From a glam hexagonal marble table to a midcentury modern wood and glass stunner, with so many material and shape configurations, the options are truly limitless. Wood or metal tables offer a flat surface for drinks, food and books and often feature drawers or a shelf, but they don't offer that cozy feel that an upholstered style gives.

Ottomans provide a softer look and cushioned construction and come in many different fabrics, from supple leather and performance cotton twill to soft boucle and velvet. An ottoman gives a more classic look and will be more comfortable to sit on or rest your feet, but it will show stains and wear quicker than a non-upholstered style.

Rounded edges and easy-to-clean materials are best suited for families with active little ones. Durable fabric that can be spot-treated or tables with a sturdy wood base will withstand playtime, snack time and anything else your kids dream up. Coffee tables with an extra shelf or lift-top also come in handy for storing toys and books.

If you live in a small space, nesting tables or another coffee table alternative will allow for better flow and arrangement.

Shop our picks for affordable coffee tables to get your fix of function and fashion in your living room without any of the guilt that comes with indulgent spending. Did we mention that our picks are all under $300? You can thank us later.

Best Kid-Friendly Coffee Table

$299

Hear us out — an acrylic table is sturdy, easy to clean, versatile and has no sharp edges, all features that are essential in a family-friendly coffee table. We know, fingerprints will show instantly, but they wipe off easily and won't stain. You can even stow toys in a pair of pretty baskets underneath for makeshift storage.

Not convinced? We marked other great kid-friendly styles below.

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Best Round Coffee Table

$299

With a sleek, slender profile and neutral, airy appearance, this minimalist round coffee table will go with any decor style. We love the unique raised edges to keep cups and decorative items contained (and maybe, just maybe, make it harder for little hands to reach.) The metal base has an antique bronze finish while the top is made from solid mango wood, making this a seriously great buy for less than $300.

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Best Oval Coffee Table

Kid-Friendly Pick!

With its simple yet impactful design and quintessential white-and-blonde-wood Scandi look, this appealing style is both functional and on-trend. Tapered legs and rounded edges soften this mid-mod-inspired piece. We think this would also be a good pick for a household with kids since it's easy to wipe clean, has no sharp edges and is made from durable beechwood.

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Best Ottoman

$175
Kid-Friendly Pick!

Excuse us while we pick up our jaws off the floor after spotting this swoon-worthy budget-friendly ottoman. With a padded top and contemporary stripe pattern, a neutral bench like this will work in practically any room with any design style.

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Best Wood Coffee Table

$130
Kid-Friendly Pick!

This transitional style coffee table will lend a streamlined cottage look to your neutral classic space. It's the perfect size for essentials and solid enough to support your feet during movie night. Crossing support beams add interest to this otherwise simple silhouette.

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Best Glass Coffee Table

$160

We love this combination of glass and wood for an industrial-meets-modern vibe. Built-in drawers are an added bonus for storing remotes, magazines or anything else that accumulates in the living room. While glass does show fingerprints, it's very easy to clean, and the lightness it brings outweighs the pain of cleaning.

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Best Marble Coffee Table

$279.99

For a glam, luxe look this marble and brass pedestal table is it. The chic, shiny base adds sophistication while the sturdy marble top is the perfect resting spot for drinks (use a coaster!), flowers and candles. For less than $300, this beauty will fool everyone into thinking you spent way more.

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Best Woven Coffee Table

Kid-Friendly Pick!

We love any home accent that doubles as decor and storage, and this cute little table is no exception. Made from water hyacinth with a wrought iron frame, this spacious stool will conceal anything from blankets to toys to games and it adds the perfect textural touch to a playroom, kids' room or living room.

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Best Metal Coffee Table

$349.99
Kid-Friendly Pick!

OK so technically this bohemian, Moroccan style beauty is $50 over budget, but it's just too good not to include. The hammered gold finish adds luster without being in-your-face shiny, and hidden storage under the lid makes this highly rated table even more appealing.

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Best Coffee Table for Small Spaces

We’d like to cordially invite you to join us in swooning over this classic coffee table. The wooden design is packed with character, thanks to its slightly weathered finish and color-rich, dimensional stain. Shop the table in the salvaged gray finish to achieve a soft neutral look, or snag the caramel-washed black design to warm the space.

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Best Coffee Table With Storage

$276.99

A classic silhouette gets a bold, new look with this bohemian coffee table. The black frame is crafted from wood and features a roomy top and bottom shelf for storage. The pièce de résistance? Two cane-clad drawers crowned with modern brass pulls. Lean into the beachy, bohemian vibe with faux palm leaves, a stack of travel books and a rattan serving tray.

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Best Nesting Coffee Table

Kid-Friendly Pick!

Whether you pick up one or both of these cuties (the pair is just over our $300 limit), the waterfall edge and rattan construction will definitely make a statement in an eclectic, bohemian space. The versatile design allows these to be used as stools, benches or tables, and you know we love options. A nesting style like this works really well in a tight space.

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Best Rustic Coffee Table

$229.99

This rustic-meets-modern live-edge tabletop will instantly infuse whimsy, dimension and color into your living room design. The wood tabletop showcases one-of-a-kind grain and unmatched movement in a rich, teak finish. Below, four matte-black hairpin legs contrast against the natural wood top and bring a touch of midcentury flair to the design.

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Best Midcentury Modern Coffee Table

Resting on three legs instead of four, this groovy, freeform, asymmetrical-shaped coffee table would look right at home in a retro-inspired hipster hangout. The curvy design allows movement and opens up floor space while the offset shelf makes this a quirky, on-trend statement piece that will fit in a small apartment.

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Best Industrial Coffee Table

$103

Kick up your feet and enjoy your afternoon coffee (read: cocktail) with this industrial-style wood and iron coffee table. The metal grid on the lower part of the table serves as a shelf that can hold up to 88 pounds of books, remote controls or maybe even your cats if they happen to find a comfortable spot. Snag it to enhance your industrial loft or rustic farmhouse living room.

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