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How to Decorate and Organize Your Coffee Table

Updated on January 6, 2015
Living Room Coffee Table
Living Room Coffee Table

The basics for styling your cofee table

There are a few basic items that will work on every coffee table. If you are looking to try something new or just looking for a good place to start, try out the simple ideas outlined below.


Large Tray

One of the best items to have on your coffee table is a large tray. A large tray will act as a corral for miscellaneous items that you keep on your table. I like to keep books and magazines on a tray to bring a sense of order and ensure that the table won't look cluttered. An added bonus of a tray is that anything that you keep in the tray will be easily removed from the table by using the tray in case you need more space.

Storage Box
Storage Box

Storage box or basket

My favorite item to have on a coffee table is a storage box or basket. This is the best thing that I have found for storing all of the items that I wouldn't want my guests to see. Remotes, pens, pencils, playing cards, and other loose items can be tucked out of site in a decorative storage box.



Candles are always a great addition to a coffee table. Candles help to set a warm, relaxed mood. They can also provide a nice and inviting smell for your guests.


Books or Magazines

Books and magazines are another coffee table staple. Try to limit your selection to under 5 total or your table might end up looking cluttered. I like to select interesting "coffee table books" which will engage and entertain visitors. Vintage books also have a nice aesthetic in the room. I generally keep the most recent of my magazines around for me to browse through, but I try to keep them neatly stacked in a tray.



If there is still room left on your table or space on your tray, try and add some fresh flowers. Fresh flowers provide a wonderful smell and inviting atmosphere. Even one or two buds can have a great impact. I try and go with flowers or candles, but not both. For one, it is tricky to have the space needed for both, but also the smells could compete with each other. Usually, I'll keep candles around in the Winter months and then switch out for candles in the Spring.

Unexpected Clock Piece
Unexpected Clock Piece

Something Unexpected

Lastly, if there is still space available on your coffee table, try and add something unexpected. A unique piece from your travels or just an interesting item can spark conversation and put a smile on the faces of your guests.

I hope this article has helped you get some ideas to organize and decorate your coffee table. Check out my hubs on How to Find the Lowest Prices on Home Décor and Furniture and How to Save the Most Online to find awesome deals on trays, bins, candles, vases, and more.


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    • Thrifty Lady profile imageAUTHOR

      Thrifty Lady 

      6 years ago

      Thanks so much ExpertX. I hope the ideas work for you!

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      6 years ago

      Very informative text. Thanks. I would never thought of the storage box and the tray as ways to help you keep everything nice and tidy. I will surely use the ideas in the future.

    • Thrifty Lady profile imageAUTHOR

      Thrifty Lady 

      6 years ago

      Thank you Silverlily. My Mother-in-law is an Interior Designer and has taught me a lot over the years. I try and take photos of everything though, so I don't forget :)

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      Evelyn J. Washington 

      6 years ago from OAKLAND, CA

      How lovely. I am a self-taught interior decorator, but I have worked with very well trained decorators. I was fortunate. Your suggestions with photos are very helpful.


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