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How do I Choose the Best Lift Top Coffee Table?

By Lauren Romano
Updated May 17, 2024
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A lift top coffee table, which comes in a variety of styles, is a piece of furniture that has a top that lifts up and typically shifts forward. Underneath the top, there is a hollowed out space that can keep several items out of view when the top is closed. The main features, which is the storage space and shifting top, are often appealing to those who need a little more storage and those who want access to a flat surface without having to lean over to use it.

When choosing a lift top coffee table, keep in mind the available accents and finishes. The table is often made completely from wood although some may have accents that are glass, marble, metal or another type of material. There are many finishes to choose from, including cherry and walnut, but tables are also available unfinished. It is best to match the finish to the rest of the furniture and decor in the room.

The shape of the lift top coffee table also needs to be a factor when choosing which one is best. This style of table typically comes in two shapes — rectangle and wedge. While the rectangle-shaped table will fit in with almost any living room setup, the wedge-shaped table will work well in a living room that has a sectional sofa. Before shopping for the table, it is vital to measure the available space in the living room and compare it to the size of each table option.

The lift top coffee table may look completely solid from the outside or it could have visible shelves and open space. There are some that are solid for the exception of the hidden internal storage space, while others look solid but have usable drawers in addition to the hidden storage. Some may prefer one style to the other depending on which looks best in the living room and which functions better for the individual.

The amount of hidden space also plays a part in choosing a lift top coffee table. Some tables may have a deeper storage space under the top while others may have less room. On some tables, only the center part of the lid lifts up instead of the entire top, which means only the center portion may be available for storage.

Those who may get the most use out of this type of table are those who eat or do work in the living room. Bending over to reach the surface can put a strain on the body, so having the table top shift up can make using the table more comfortable. It may be especially useful for those who work from home but don't have an office or desk; the table top can serve as a work area and the storage can hold any work materials.

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