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These rectangular coffee tables will instantly upgrade your living space

There's one for every interior style and budget.

A rectangular coffee table is a valuable investment thanks to its versatile function, timeless appeal and ability to serve as a centrepiece for your cosy living space

If there’s one way you can instantly update your living space, it’s by investing in a rectangular coffee table. This specific shape of a table is a popular choice for many reasons. For starters, the versatile shape can complement various styles of sofas and living room layouts, the larger flat surface provides a more spacious surface for a variety of items (board games nights, anyone?), and many actually come with built-in storage options to keep items like remote controls or books. Plus, choosing the right one can serve as a focal point for your living room, creating more cohesion within your entire home. 

But with so many choices available on the market, it may be challenging to find the perfect one for your space. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you and researched far and wide to provide you with this curated selection of the very best rectangular coffee tables currently available in Australia. The following tables cater to a range of interior styles, budgets and living room sizes, so there’s something here for everyone. Plus, we’ve also answered all your burning coffee table questions, like how you should position your coffee table, so you can decorate the dreamiest living room to relax in after a hard day at work. 

The best rectangular coffee tables to shop in Australia in 2024

Kirribilli coffee table koala

Kirribilli coffee table, $396 (usually $495) at Koala

This coffee table from Koala proves exactly why simple is sometimes the best. Designed with clean lines, a discrete shelf for practical storage and an accentuated lip that adds visual contrast (and prevents items from rolling off), this table is versatile enough to suit any interior style. While it comes delivered in a flat-pack, rest easy knowing assembly doesn’t involve complicated instructions, a hammer or Allen key.

You can also shop this table confidently knowing it’s made with quality and sustainability in mind — it’s crafted using 100 per cent FSC wood, which means the wood wasn’t grown with harsh chemical pesticides or cut from an indigenous cultural site. If you want a discount on your order, simply subscribe to Koala and you’ll receive 10 per cent off your purchase. 

“Better than I expected,” one five-star customer wrote. “Solid piece, and heavy and just the minimalistic look I was going for.”

A second person added: “Best table I’ve ever had, heavy (actual wood), stylish (beautiful timber) and practical (lip on the top stops items from falling off and lots of additional storage underneath).”

Dimensions:110W x 60D x 36.5H cm, 32kg

Materials: Ash veneer, MDF and plywood

Key features:

  • Discrete shelf
  • Accentuated lip
  • Easy tool-free assembly
  • Made using 100 per cent FSC certified wood
  • Fast and flexible delivery
  • 120-night trial period
  • Free returns for metro areas
  • Five-year warranty

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Andre coffee table, $699 at Castlery

Andre coffee table, $699 at Castlery

This sleek and modern dining table is one of the most versatile on the market. It features a genius 360-degree swivel mechanism, which allows you to transform the table from a compact square to a spacious rectangle in seconds. Aside from its smart system, customers are particularly impressed by the table’s sturdy and high-quality build, discrete storage options and the fact that it arrived on their doorstep fully assembled. 

“Changed our minds last minute to this coffee table and we’re so glad we did,” one of the hundreds of five-star reviewers said. “The table can convert into different set ups so we can extend the table by swivelling it if we have more quests, or keep it compact when it’s just us at home. The table is smooth when moving it and came pre-assembled which was a dream!”

Another person wrote: “The swivel mechanism is well-built and smooth, and gives the table so many different looks.”

Dimensions: 140W x 70D x 33H cm, 37kg 

Materials: Walnut veneer and high gloss lacquer with engineered wood

Key features:

  • Top moves 360 degrees, middle moves 180 degrees
  • Discrete storage
  • Comes fully assembled
  • 14-day returns
  • Two-year limited warranty

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Hamptons coastal coffee table

Hamptons coastal coffee table, $299 (normally $399) at Temple & Webster

If your home exudes country or coastal style, you can’t look past this Hamptons-style table from Temple & Webster. It features a crisp matte white finish that’s resistant to liquids and staining (just be sure to wipe any spills as soon as possible), ample storage space and elegant profiling all around. It’s sturdy enough to support up to 100kg on top and 10kg on the shelf, making it suitable for even the busiest of households.

“We have had this table now for over three years and the quality is outstanding,” one five-star reviewer wrote. “Durable and hard wearing, easily put together and has withheld daily use by three children.”

Dimensions: 120W x 60D x 50H cm, 29.9kg

Materials: MDF and zinc hardware

Key features:

  • Matte white finish, liquid and stain-resistant 
  • Supports up to 100kg on top and 10kg on the shelf
  • Assembly required
  • Three-year warranty
  • 30-day returns for a store credit

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Casa Decor rattan coffee table in wooden oak

Casa Decor rattan coffee table in wooden oak, $344.95 (normally $569) at Myer

Rattan is one of the most sought-after interior trends of the moment, and while it’s normally associated with a high price tag, this table is your chance to add this material to your space without breaking the bank. Blending style with practicality, the table features a spacious tabletop and sturdy wooden legs for durability. Below, you’ll find two open shelves for displaying coffee table books and personal décor items, and then a larger drawer with a rattan feature panel for stashing other items you want to keep hidden away.

“Very sturdy and attractive,” one satisfied five-star reviewer wrote. “Room for books and magazines on shelves and handy drawer section for odds and ends.

Dimensions: 100W x 60D x 46H cm, 32kg

Materials: Wood, chipboard and wicker rattan

Key features:

  • Two open shelves
  • Large drawer with rattan feature panel
  • Sturdy wooden legs for durability
  • Assembly required
  • Also available in black
  • Free delivery (excluded areas apply)

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MASS coffee table

MASS coffee table, $1199 (normally $1499) at Freedom

You’ll want to add this handcrafted masterpiece to cart if your budget allows and you’re looking for a true statement coffee table. Crafted by skilled artisans, this table is made from quality terrazzo stones that have been meticulously placed into moulds and then polished and sanded to achieve a flawless finish. The minimalistic white and natural stone colour is the epitome of timeless beauty and will complement any home. 

“It is a beautiful piece and looks amazing in my lounge room,” one five-star reviewer said.
Another person added: “Fantastic piece of furniture which goes nicely with other elements of my décor.”

Materials: Terrazzo

Key features:

  • Handcrafted
  • Natural stone colour sourced from mountains
  • Polished and sanded
  • No assembly required
  • Matching side tables also available

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Hideaway coffee table

Hideaway coffee table, $500 (normally $550) at Eva

This minimalistic coffee table from Eva is designed with storage in mind. Made from sustainably sourced American Oak, it features handy hidden drawers that are spacious enough to store laptops, books and other items you want to keep out of sight. You’ll also receive four complimentary matching coasters made from timber offcuts to help keep stains away and your table looking brand new for years. When it comes to assembling your table, all you need to do is unpack it, screw the legs in (no tools needed) and you’re good to go. 

“This is exactly what I wanted,” one five-star reviewer wrote. “Nice light wood, solid, sturdy enough to sit on, doesn’t stain easily, and can put my legs under it while sitting which is great for eating or playing chess at. Also did not cost an arm and a leg!”

Another person also commented on the fast delivery: “I am extremely impressed with the service and the speed of delivery. I received the coffee table the day after I ordered! The quality is amazing, and the table is very sturdy. I love that it didn’t require tools to assemble. I would highly recommend Eva and their products.”

Dimensions: 110W x 49D x 37H cm

Materials: American oak (legs and frame), plywood and oak veneer (top), MDF (drawer) 

Key features:

  • Easy one-step assembly
  • Comes with four complimentary matching coasters
  • Made from sustainably sourced timber
  • Hidden drawers
  • 100-day trial period
  • Fast and free weekday deliveries across all metro areas in Australia
  • Three-year warranty
  • Also available in a square shape

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Is it better to have a round or rectangular coffee table?

Deciding on whether you should purchase a round or rectangular coffee table for your space? Well, no shape is particularly better than the other as it really comes down to personal preference, the layout of your sofa and the size of your living space.

If you have a sofa that has a chaise or ottoman, a round or square coffee table will be more accessible to all of the seats. On the other hand, a rectangular coffee table will look amazing running alongside a long modular sofa.

How do you position a rectangular coffee table?

The positioning of a coffee table will affect the balance, interest and functionality of your living room. Here are some styling tips to enhance the overall aesthetic of your living space with a rectangular coffee table:

Aim for centre placement

A rectangular coffee table placed in the centre of the seating area will anchor the space and provide easy access from all seating positions. 

Consider proportions

Ensure the size of your coffee table is in proportion to the scale of your living room and the surrounding furniture. This means it should be neither too large nor too small for your space.

Spacing

Ideally, you want to leave enough room around the coffee table for comfortable movement and to accommodate other furniture pieces. As a general rule of thumb, try to aim for at least 30 to 45 centimetres of space between the coffee table and the edge of your sofa. 

Use a rug for balance

Position the coffee table at the centre of your living room rug to create cohesion and balance within the space. 

Storage

Are you short on storage space? Choose a rectangular coffee table with shelves or drawers to store remote controls, magazines, books and other household items. 

Add personal touches

Create your own unique coffee tablescape using items that reflect your style and interests. For example, play with candles, trays, a curated stack of your favourite books or ornaments. 

How long should a rectangular coffee table be? 

The ideal length of a rectangular coffee table will depend on the size of your living room and your sofa. As a general guideline, invest in a rectangular coffee table that is approximately two-thirds to three-quarters the length of your sofa.

Also, you should ensure there is enough room around the coffee table, sofa and other surrounding furniture pieces for comfortable movement. This will help maintain visual balance and ensure your coffee table is neither too big nor too small for a comfortable and cosy seating area. 


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