Coffee Tables as well as being practical are often the centrepiece of any room, helping to create a sense of cohesion and add a focal point.

For this reason a coffee table is one area where it is possible to use your imagination to create an unusual piece of furniture. It is not necessary as it is with many other furniture pieces to use a piece of furniture designed specifically to be a table,  many other objects of an appropriate size and shape are suitable to be used as coffee tables.

Some objects such as trunks and packing cases can be suitable to be used as coffee tables. Despite not being designed as coffee tables their size and shape makes them entirely suitable. Many wealthy homeowners use enormous Louis Vuitton trunks as expensive, statement making coffee tables. Old packing cases and even large picnic hampers can also make a great coffee table.

However, it is also possible to use items that might initially seem wholly inappropriate. An example of this would be the pinball coffee table. Built from an original pinball machine, with shortened legs and with the mechanical interior removed by carniture.com it offers a talking point for the whole room.

available at carniture.com

available at carniture.com

These surfboard coffee tables are another interesting alternative to a standard coffee table. Perfect for beach houses, the surf obsessed or even a teenagers bedroom it brings a little beach life into your sitting room.

Available at etsy.com

Available at etsy.com

Available from carniture.com

Available from carniture.com

Car lovers might appreciate something along the lines of this v8 engine coffee table:

v8 engine coffee table

v8 engine coffee table

For people that need differing amounts of space at different times these expandable coffee tables from  sculpturesjeux are a practical yet interesting take on the modern coffee table.

For a more period look an antique door can make a beautiful coffee table:

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courtesy of joysofhome.blogspot.com

The key thing to appreciate is that although a more conservative coffee table may well be perfect for your home there are also a plethora of alternatives that should not be overlooked. If you cannot find the perfect coffee table for your room it is possible to get one custom made, or even have a try at a DIY project of your own.