No Space for a Desk? Try One of These Clever Lift-Top Coffee Tables

updated May 8, 2024
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If you’re struggling to incorporate a work desk into a petite-sized space and finding that using the couch, bed, or dining table is doing a number on your spine and neck, you’re not alone. But there’s good news! Your coffee table can be much more than a surface to kick up your feet or place a glass of wine — with the help of a lift-top coffee table, that is.

The Best Lift-Top Coffee Tables

Lift-top coffee tables are a clever solution for creating a devoted workspace when you’re limited on, well, space. Pop up the top, place your laptop on it, and you’re ready to get down to business (and attend all those Zoom meetings). Once you’re done for the day, stash all your work accessories in the built-in storage space, and close the lid to keep things neatly hidden away. If you don’t have room for a dining table, the lift top can also do double duty come mealtime. Win-win! We went ahead and rounded up 10 lift-top coffee tables that are as pretty as they are functional. Check them out below.

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1 / 10
was $135.99

An all-white (or mostly white) coffee table is a stylish choice, especially in a small space where you’re looking to lighten the visual load. At 20 percent off, this farmhouse-inspired pick offers plenty of versatility and storage with an interior compartment and three open shelves.

2 / 10

Slanted legs and a fluted panel design give this coffee table a unique look, and the slim design makes it perfect for even petite living rooms. We love that the top lifts really high, taking the strain off your lower back, and there's tons of surface area to accommodate all your WFH needs!

3 / 10
West Elm
was $899.00

If you're big on mid-century modern design but also like mixing materials, then this sleek and stylish marble and wood coffee table is for you. Once you lift the walnut wood top, you'll find there's tons of storage to stash away chargers, stationery, a laptop, and other work essentials. There's also open storage on the side, perfect for displaying your favorite coffee table books or other knickknacks.

4 / 10
was $129.99

For under $100, this coffee table is a great budget buy that's big on style and function. The sleek, simple lines and cool grey finish make it easy to pair with different style aesthetics, while the dual storage options (hello additional storage shelf!) make keeping everything from books to work essentials organized a breeze.

5 / 10
was $329.99

Upholstered coffee tables are a cozy, unfussy choice, especially if you like to kick back and prop your legs up during movie nights. The faux-leather wrapped lid lifts to reveal hidden storage, and there's plenty of color options to choose from as well.

6 / 10
was $179.99

Most lift-top coffee tables come in a square or rectangular shape, but if a round coffee table is on your wishlist, check out this Amazon pick. Featuring a round design, this table lifts to reveal hidden storage, alongside four storage ledges and a full lower shelf. And yes, it comes in a host of colors.

7 / 10

If you'd like a pick that you can really use as a dining table, this Walmart find has your name written all over it. It has a 3-in-1 design that lets it act as a coffee table, desk, and (with the help of an additional fold-out leaf) a full-sized table, perfect for everything from dinner to game night.

8 / 10

This slim coffee table is notable because it brings a certain Scandi vibe to your living area. But besides being a looker, it's also highly functional, with a lift-top option, adequate storage space, and multiple colors to choose from.

9 / 10
was $199.99

Prefer your furniture with a traditional bent? This pick from Rolanstar has a sleek classic look that you wouldn't expect to open up to reveal a roomy desktop and tons of hidden storage. Add that to that an open shelf and two bottom drawers and it's an especially great find for anyone looking for a lot of storage.

10 / 10
Pottery Barn
was $1449.00

Unlike our previous upholstered, this Pottery Barn pick holds a very fun secret: a hidden tabletop! Beneath that, you'll find more than enough storage for things like blankets, extra linens, books, and more. Best of all, this piece is fully customizable you can pick a fabric and color that'll seamlessly blend into your decor.