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Who Says Every Living Room Needs a Coffee Table? Clever Substitutes for Small Living Rooms

In truly small living spaces, it’s not uncommon for people to pass on the traditional coffee table to simply squeeze in a little more seating. An extra chair or two means more room for friends, but once everyone’s there, where do you set down your drinks in a coffee-table-less room? To solve your insufficient surface area problems, DIY one of these ledges or look into other possible solutions. You shouldn’t have to give up items you need because you lack the room for it-just think outside the box.


I love these c-tables! They are the perfect solution for small spaces because they tuck easily underneath your furniture and over the arm of the sofa without taking up any space.


Drink Ledge

If your sofa happens to be next to a windowsill, you can always build a drink ledge that runs along the bottom of the window frame.

Folding Lap Desk

Build a folding lap desk out of a single 8 foot piece of wood like Jen from The House of Wood did


Nesting Tables

Nesting tables that tuck into each other is a great space saving option by hiding extra surfaces in plain sight, just tuck them away when you don’t need them. I love these options!

Behind the Couch Ledge

Even the tiniest living room can squeeze a few inches of space behind the sofa. Check out this easy tutorial for directions on how to make your own.

Storage Ottoman

When working with small spaces think of muli-purpose solutions. These storage ottomans provide storage while also giving you a foot rest/extra surface for drinks,etc…

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