When you're looking for ways to add style and sensibility to your living room, there's really no way to go wrong with a large square coffee table. They'll always be in style, they'll give you more than enough room for both decor and function, and they'll work whether it's just you or whether you're hosting a full house party.
Is there anything more you want from a humble piece of furniture?
These square-shaped, functional pieces are uniquely equipped to cater to every type of aesthetic and style; they're generally budget-friendly, and you can decorate them more formally or more cozily, as you please. They can be the statement piece of any room, or they can easily recede into the background. These types of tables are flexible, versatile, and basically necessary.
All the more reason to make sure you're picking the right one before you invest. Here are the things you'll want to think about when you're considering investing in a large square coffee table to add to your living room:
Budget. While what we said is true - these types of tables can be very budget-friendly - a name brand or designer version can be quite expensive. As this is going to be a workhorse in your home, likely a piece of furniture that you'll interact with many times over the course of your day, it's definitely a good contender for an investment piece. That said, you also don't want to break the bank. Figure out what your maximum investment is, and use that criteria to streamline your search so you don't get overwhelmed.
Size. A square, large piece of furniture can dominate a room very quickly. Fortunately, especially with a square table, you can visualize the effect your future piece of furniture will have very easily. In front of your couch (or wherever you plan on putting your coffee table), use masking tape or a large piece of paper to map out the largest size square you're comfortable putting in your room. Once you're satisfied, measure those parameters, and use them to guide your search.
Style. Pro tip: When you're purchasing a larger table, it's key to realize that the size of your table may be a statement in itself. To make sure that the effect isn't busier than you'd like, it's often a good idea to select a finish or color for your table that is itself a neutral; that way, you can decorate the table to reflect shifting seasons or trends, while the table itself remains classic. However, if your entire room is neutral, selecting more of a statement table can make your entire room.
Still interested in finding a table that fits in well with your room (and your life)? Here, we've listed our favorites to give you an idea of what's best to look out for!
Vintage White Cocktail Table with Storage
The fact that this large vintage-styled coffee table is made of solid wood is a rare feat. It's equal parts ottoman and coffee table - a versatile piece! It requires no assembly and it comes with a warranty for your peace of mind. The lid also lifts for hidden storage.
Mirrored Coffee Table
This mirrored 51"x51" square table sits on four low legs, so it's easily comfortable to use whether you're seated on the ground or on a couch. It weighs a hefty 135lb, so you can be sure that it's a solid piece that won't be going anywhere!
Brown Wood Coffee Table
If you've always wanted a coffee table that's a cross between a classic mushroom table and a more traditional wooden one, this is your best bet. Highly-polished full-grain wood sits low on a central wooden pedestal. The result? A demure yet highly gorgeous wood coffee table that will be the focal point of any room.
Puzzle Coffee Table
Want a coffee table that's also a work of art? This designer piece resembles four puzzle pieces neatly slotted together in mixed media. It'll add instant modern flair an interest to your room; but it's also neutrally-toned, so it'll go with anything.
Rubbed Black Coffee Table
Sometimes, you just want your coffee table to be a blank canvas. This is, then, the perfect coffee table for you: It's square, got thick legs at each corner, and presents a large surface area for books, games, or all the coffee you could ever need. No assembly required.
Clear Glass Coffee Table
This stainless-steel-and-glass table gives off chic industrial vibes, but also leaves a sense of openness with its completely transparent top. The top is breakable crystal, so you'll need to take care - but the effect is truly as gorgeous as can be.
Acrylic Coffee Table
If you're looking for a glass-topped table but would still prefer some classic elements, this is the table for you. It features acrylic legs that are shaped in traditional rounded, sculptural designs. Definitely a beautiful case of old meets new!
Floor Shelf Coffee Table with Storage
This modern glass-and-wood coffee table offers myriad opportunities for cleverly-designed storage; its blocky legs have shelves built-in, and the entire base can be used to hold games, books, or more. It's a sculptural piece with purpose!
Stone Coffee Table
Feeling the farmhouse effect? This weathered table has four taller legs that are ramified with diagonal joints, making it feel very structural and giving a lot of geometrical interest. It features a recycled stone top for added texture.
This dainty stone veneer top coffee table allows this typically heavy, untoward stone to look light and airy. A thin layer of stone tops four silver, thin legs for a lifted look that will add grace to any living room.