Form & Function: Cocktail and Coffee Tables with Ottomans Underneath

These coffee tables with ottoman seating underneath (some with storage) are a perfect example of form meeting function in a your favorite living space:

Cocktail/Coffee Table with Storage Ottomans Seating Underneath

Faux Leather Coffee Table with Four Storage Ottoman Seating Underneath

Form & Function: Coffee Table with Ottomans Underneath

Whether you've a small space or larger, open area to appoint with furniture, combining good looks and features you can use regularly is just plain smart. Coffee and cocktail tables are a must for entertaining guests and help to break up a space into a more intimate setting. Adding ottomans that lend to extra seating when needed, yet tuck conveniently underneath the table helps keep your area pulled together and neat.
We'll look at several coffee tables that afford ottoman seating underneath them, both with and without extra storage, while I give you some great ideas for incorporating them in your favorite space or living room.
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Getting Started with the Big Picture:

Coffee Table, Seating and Storage--Even in Small Spaces

Cocktail/Coffee Table with Four Storage Ottoman Seating Underneath

Sizing Up Your Table & Storage Needs on Paper

Choosing furniture to fit your space is a first consideration when decorating. With small living areas, you’ll need to be a bit more innovative with storage, though to get full use of your room.

You may need to draw out your space on a blank piece of paper and fill in the dimensions with your planned table and ottomans. It needn’t be to scale; just be sure everything is the correct shape and relatively sized.

Cocktail/Coffee Table with Lift-Up Top & Ottoman Seating Underneath
Choosing Furniture to Fit Your Style
Next, style should also play heavily into your choice of furniture pieces. What finish? Texture? Shape?
With those questions in mind your answers will bring you closer to your perfect coffee or cocktail table with space-saving seating.
Coffee tables that share the linear style here are best suited for modern and contemporary decor. The darker finish is ideal for pairing up with lighter-colored sofas as shown here. A dark sofa wouldn't work for the all-important contrast that makes for decorating success.

Round Glass Top Coffee Table with Storage Ottoman Seating Underneath
Glass Top Tables -- or NOT?
While glass furniture pieces are rife with perks, there are some considerations you might want to seriously broach, lest you find out that glass top should have been the last option for your needs and activities.
Glass has amazing reflective properties that much is obvious but if you've a dark space or one that's a little lackluster, a glass top can be fabulous.
But add a kid or three into the family picture and you'll find yourself a virtual slave to fingerprints in places you can't image a finger being [enter your own scary visual, here].There's nothing attractive about bending somewhat like a pretzel, rag in hand, battling yet another thumbprint. I'm speaking from experience; kids and glass are not your friends.

Glass Top Coffee Table with Four Ottoman Seating Underneath

Using Texture in Your Space

Glass Coffee Table with Upholstered Ottoman Seating Underneath for Under $200

Texture plays a big part in your room's ambiance. Notice how the soft-textured upholstery on these ottomans looks softer than the harder edges of the sleek and shiny upholstery seating on the more modern pieces I talk about above and below.
The natural color also has a warm, appearance you may want to match with a sofa or chair of the same color. If you're leaning toward a warm and cozy look and feel, tables like this one will fit right in.

Round Coffee Tables: Taking the Edge Off

Adj. Height Round Coffee Table with 4 Wedge Storage Ottomans Underneath

When going contemporary or modern in your room, it's easy to get caught up with everything looking linear and rigid.

Round pieces like this cocktail table with wedge-shaped ottoman seating underneath, help take the total appearance of your space from harsh, straight edges of the sofa, chairs and/or end tables to a more relaxed look.
If your furniture pieces all have the straight-line appearance, a round coffee table can be an unexpected, yet welcomed interruption. The wedge ottomans have a rounded edge and pointed center that's more fitting and comfortable.

Taking Off the Edge with Modern Design

Modern Glass Top Coffee/Cocktail Table with Storage Ottomans Underneath

Glass will lighten the mood in any room and the S shape of this table is definitely modern.
Too often, modern decor has a piercing linear design with its boxy furniture frames. You can keep to the straight-edge look but it's best to introduce a round furniture piece to break up the flat result. A round table does nicely but one like this S-shaped piece with its round ottoman seating can add dimension, warmth and a unique contribution to your space.
Pieces like this distinct table will be just the showstopping asset to a modern decor and make a fabulous focal point.
I'm strongly considering getting this coffee table, here for my own room. I love it.
The core of the coffee table is hollow for storage and the sliding door keeps clutter in hiding. With my boys, there's always something with buttons that needs finding and a friend that needs to be seated.
Back to decorating . . .
The glass will lighten the mood in any room and the shape is definitely modern. If you're pining for a fresh palette, be sure to be devoted to the genre and keep every addition modern so not to send mixed signals. Pieces like this distinct table will be just the showstopping asset to a modern decor. Can you tell I'm partial?

Round Wood and Glass Cocktail Table with Stool Seating Underneath

The Casual Round Coffee Table with Wedge Shaped Stools Underneath

Furniture for entertaining works best where it offers more seating and a place for hors' d'oeuvres, drinks or playing cards.
This glass top and wood round cocktail table has stools rather than the more solid ottomans above. Their wedge shape seems more natural when sitting for longer periods of time where legs can straddle on opposite sides and not awkwardly formal in front.
Like their counterparts above, the stools tuck neatly underneath the table for a 'tidy-package' look you'll love.

What's your fave: the wedge stool type seating or square ottomans?

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