Glass coffee tables – even generous sized ones – are the perfect partners for small spaces. We’ve had one in our small living room for years now. And although I covet an update (I absolutely love the current crop of marble tables) I know deep down that anything other than glass just won’t work as well.
The airy, semi-invisibility of a glass coffee table allows it to sit lightly in a space. Whereas its equivalent in wood, or marble, or metal creates a monolithic, solid presence that easily overwhelms and dominates a small room.
But just because you can see through them, don’t think that contemporary glass coffee tables won’t have people looking at them as well. Semi-invisble they may be, but boring they most cetainly aren’t.
To prove this point, and to continue our Small Space Living series, I went on the hunt for the most beautiful and stylish contemporary glass coffee tables for small spaces. They have everything you want in small-space furniture: unfussy lines, slender profiles, reflective or see-through surfaces (they’re glass!) and ideally storage too. Anyway, I think I found some absolute beauties – see what you think.
Top 10 contemporary glass coffee tables for small spaces
1. The Lucent Coffee Table designed by Matthew Hilton for Case. Geometrically arranged glass sheets create a sculptural feel that also provide practical storage.
2. See what I mean about contemporary glass coffee tables not being short on style? The West Elm Terrace Coffee Table has a slim and elegant brass frame, a clear glass top and central shelf plus a mirrored bottom shelf which bounces light around beautifully.
3. The Gala tempered glass coffee table from Habitat creates a feeling of light, airy space around and through it. Ideal for small spaces, this design couldn’t be more minimalist and is almost identical to the one we have at home. There’s also a version that has nesting side tables, pictured below, which could be extremely practical for when you have additional guests.
4. The compact Vienna Coffee Table from John Lewis & Partners will brighten a small space with its shiny stainless steel legs and bevelled glass top.
5. Designed by Isamu Noguchi in 1944, the now iconic Noguchi coffee table was described at the time as ‘sculpture-for-use’ – and you can see why. The two signature biomorphic wooden supports create a self-supporting base which allows the glass top to be placed on top without the use of connectors. It’s also available in oak, if you prefer paler wood.
6. The Modica Round Coffee Table from Graham and Green has striking curves in antiqued brass that elegantly support the clear glass top. Glamorous and sophisticated, but still airy and light.
7. Geometric design meets monochrome modernity in the Blossom tempered glass and black metal coffee table from Maisons du Monde.
8. We love the stylish simplicity of the Pillar Glass Coffee Table, by West Elm. With its sculpted iron base and antique brass finish it’s versatile enough to provide an understated focal centrepoint in a variety of interior schemes.
9. The Gubi Pedrera Coffee Table is inspired by the vaulted ceilings of Barcelona’s famous La Pedrera building. Be still my beating heart!
10. The streamlined oval of the Aberdeen Bronze Coffee Table is the ideal shape for smaller living spaces. The simple metal frame is finished in aged bronze and the lower mirrored shelf provides storage as well as reflecting light around your room.
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