Your coffee table has numerous objectives. It needs to look good with just about everything – rug, sofa, armchairs – so simplicity is key for versatility. If you have the space, it should be level and large enough to fit everything from takeaway (more than we like to admit), to books, magazines, ceramics and flowers. Lastly, for practical reasons, it helps if it’s load-bearing since it often functions as a footrest (or even a perch). Here are six options in a range of materials, colours, shapes and budgets, to suit any living room.

Bradley Hooper Coffee Table, RRP $520

Designed and manufactured in Australia, Dowel Jones’ versatile coffee table allows you to create a piece that suits your unique taste and surroundings. The timber top comes in a range of sizes and woods (American ash, walnut and black), which you can match with a metal base available in various colours.

Isom Square, RRP $1418

This table is a lesson in minimalism, made with a single material. Each plate of glass contributes to the structure as well as its geometric aesthetic, with a seamlessness achieved with the latest cutting and bonding techniques. Available in a range of cool, elegant colourways, this table was conceived by German company Neo/Craft and is available online.

Gladom Tray Table, RRP $24.99

Add a pop of colour to your room with this sleek, lightweight, metal tray table. The design lends itself to a range of interior styles, and the removable top tray adds to its versatility. The Gladom tray table is available from the ever-reliable IKEA in white, muted green and yolk yellow. Its only downfall (or its primary lure, depending on the scope of your living room) is the small size – we suggest purchasing a couple and letting them ‘float’ around your living space as needed.

Box Frame Marble Coffee Table, RRP $899

Nice proportions, natural stone, monochromatic palette – this table won’t offend. A classic from West Elm that will work with mid-century armchairs, that bulky IKEA sofa, and your parents’ Persian rug.

Travertine Coffee Table, RRP $5620

This beautiful piece features a solid travertine top and oil-rubbed bronze frame – buzz materials that will get any furniture collector salivating. The price tag is hefty, but rest assured the longevity of this design will far outlive the time it takes to save up. This one comes from Spence & Lyda in Sydney – a trove of exquisite design treasures.

Leona Coffee Table, RRP $699

Sleek and simple, the glass top here works well with a fabulous rug underneath. The matching glass shelf is a bonus – store your mags and books on the bottom level and keep the top clear for everyday use. For those looking to add a quiet but sophisticated addition to their living space, this option is a winner.

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