If there is one piece of furniture you shouldn’t skimp on the old faithful coffee table has to be it. The centrepiece of your living room and a furniture item that will get a fair bit of stick over the years. It just doesn’t make sense to buy cheap.
Of course, you can buy tables with a wood effect finish for about £30, if you’re on a budget, but you can’t beat solid oak. Obviously you’ll need to spend a bit fair more, maybe £500, but it will be worth it in the long run.
Tables made with a combination of solid oak and oak veneers are not a bad compromise though. An untrained eye may not even spot the difference. You can find quite a few decent examples in the £100 – £200 price range too.
Here are few of the best deals on traditional and modern coffee tables, as well as a few options with storage drawers.
Aston Oak Coffee Table – Baumhaus square section table with a solid oak frame and oak veneer top. Comes in two sizes: W90 x D60 x H46 cm and W100 x D75 x H46 cm. £149 and £179 from amazon.co.uk
Kingston Coffee Table – ready-assembled living room table with 2 drawers. Made from a combination of solid oak and solid pine. W85 × D55 × H47cm. £269 from very.co.uk
Design Project No.022 Coffee Table – a contemporary style table in solid oak with tapered round legs and smooth edges. W105 x D48 x H41 cm. £279 from johnlewis.com
Anton Coffee Table – a sleek rectangular table with rounded corners and splayed legs. Made with birch plywood with an oak veneer surface. W120 x D60 x H45 cm. £129 from johnlewis.com. The Anton range includes occasional tables which fit neatly underneath (sold separately).
Suffolk Solid Oak Coffee Table – a modern rectangular table with a polished, rich grain finish. 100% solid oak. W100 × D55 × H45 cm. £199 from very.co.uk
Hudson Living Kielder Coffee Table – rectangular coffee table made from planked and joined solid oak. W110 × D65 × H40 cm. £155 from johnlewis.com
French Rustic Solid Oak Coffee Table – a beautiful solid oak table with rounded corners, deep moulded skirting & cornices. W109 × D60 × H46 cm. £199 from amazon.co.uk
Maharani Coffee Table – Sheesham furniture is an ideal value for money alternative to traditional hardwoods and is usually 100% solid wood. It looks great, is very durable and easy to maintain. Which makes it an ideal material for items such as coffee tables that take a lot of knocks over the years. This Thakat style table crafted from the finest grade Indian sheesham, complete with corner brackets and studs. W115 x D60 x H40 cm. £229 from johnlewis.com
Thacket 2 Drawer Storage Coffee Table – a storage chest style coffee table with a hinged lid and 2 drawers. W88 x D46 x H46 cm. £229 from amazon.co.uk
Stockholm Coffee Table – a slender Scandinavian style coffee table made from solid mahogany. W85 × D40 × H45 cm. £159 from notonthehighstreet.com
Vintage Farmhouse Coffee Table – a rustic style table with stout turned legs. Made from solid reclaimed timber. W90 × D60 × H40 cm. £380 from notonthehighstreet.com
Chunky Wood Coffee Table – a thick chunky table made from Canadian pine and available in a choice of natural, rustic finishes. W92 × D67 × H42 cm. £190 from notonthehighstreet.com