Some unusual coffee table designs include using a park bench in lieu of a traditional table, placing large, polished granite slabs on the floor, converting an old door into a table, using a round rattan as a table and turning an old teak table into a coffee stand. In addition to style, people can make unconventional coffee tables by using exotic materials, such as bamboo, tiki and stone. On Houzz.com, designers showcase unique coffee tables designed for a range of lifestyles and locations.
For family rooms and large spaces, turning an old door, window or trunk into a large, rectangular table is one idea. These tables stand alone in designs on Houzz.com, without accompanying chairs. They can be polished and finished for an attractive look. People also add decorative pieces like flowers and coffee table books to the tops. These tables have open space in their drawers or below their tops, which leaves plenty of room for storage.
For a contemporary look, piecing together four small tables to make one big table is a common choice. Mini tables can be made of sanded wood or large slabs of stone. They might resemble tree trunks or have hollowed-out centers for an asymmetrical look. For a more traditional but still unique design, a coffee table with a ribbon-style stand and flat, oval glass top is a suggestion.