How many coffee tables do you have in your home? If you are a typical North American homeowner, you probably have at least two or three around, right? While some coffee tables really do serve their purpose, over time these versatile pieces of furniture have evolved into multifunctional home accessories that can be repurposed and redesigned to blend into other uses.

In your home staging efforts, the coffee table can be utilized effectively to fit the ambiance or look that you would like to achieve in the property. The great thing about coffee tables is they are generally very affordable; if you need to purchase an additional table or two for accent or effect, you are likely to find one that fits perfectly within your budget. With some creativity, you can even spruce up your current coffee and side tables, move them around the different areas of your house, and watch them transform into completely different furniture pieces altogether. Refurbishing used coffee tables is not expensive either; some do-it-yourself painting can do the trick.

  • The outdoor coffee tableGot a front porch or backyard? A table and some chairs can be set up and make your outdoor area extra inviting or look like a great place to hang out on sunny days.
  • The exhibit coffee tableHave a piece of sculpture or artwork you would like to showcase or use as a focal point for a bedroom or area of the home? An appropriate-sized table can help show it off. Use a cover if needed, and perhaps some accent lighting to complete the effect.
  • The workaholic coffee tableA coffee table can be repurposed as a more compact work desk that can house a laptop or tablet. Set up computer props, repaint the table a contemporary metallic paint, and it will look like a futuristic computer geek’s work station.
  • The spa bathroom coffee tableGoing for a luxurious spa-like bathroom? Use a compact coffee table in the corner for decorating with candles or potpourri, decorative hand towels, and an array of hand soaps, lotions, and toiletries.
  • The bookworm coffee tableA reading nook somewhere in your home will need a table for books and magazines. Avoid the reading glasses; that’s a tired cliché. Instead, focus on making it look very comfortable and a quiet place to immerse oneself in reading.