Living Room

Rectangular coffee tables are a humble yet versatile furniture addition that deserves more credit

Why we love rectangular coffee tables, plus the best ones to shop.
(Credit: Photography: Sue Stubbs / Styling: Jessica Bellef)

Take it from someone who delayed choosing a coffee table for months after we moved into our new apartment…a coffee table is absolutely crucial for any living room. Not only is it a place to pop your favourite beverage and snacks as you watch the latest binge-worthy show, it also serves as an opportunity to showcase coffee table trinkets like coffee table books, artisan vases, magazines, scented candles, and more.

Simply put, a living room feels incomplete without a coffee table, and the months I sat in my lounge without one had me questioning why I didn’t start my shopping journey for one sooner.

With a few near-misses of water glasses balanced on the sofa arm, or worse, having to pause the TV to go to the kitchen to fetch a sip every 20 minutes, I knew I needed to bite the bullet and order a coffee table, stat.

And if you’re like me and you’re serious about choosing the perfect coffee table, this guide will be your saviour. With choices aplenty, a rectangular coffee table is one of my top choices when recommending a coffee table for the modern home. It’s a popular choice for many thanks to its larger surface area and versatile nature (board games night, anyone?).

So, to save you from making the same mistakes I did, I’ve chosen the best rectangular coffee tables on the market in Australia below so you can complete your living room set-up now (rather than later).

2024’s TOP RECTANGULAR COFFEE TABLES

  1. Peri coffee table, $599, Castlery (here’s why)
  2. Hamptons Coastal coffee table, $399, Temple & Webster (here’s why)
  3. Cantara marble rectangular coffee table, $399, Temple & Webster (here’s why)

The best rectangular coffee tables 2024

01

Peri coffee table

$599, Castlery

Do you love a rectangular coffee table but don’t love the look of sharp edges? This rectangular coffee table from Castlery is for you. With the qualities of a rounded coffee table but with the added surface area you get from a rectangular one – it really is the best of both worlds. The Peri coffee table exudes mid-century modern charm, and its walnut veneer makes it a sophisticated and stylish pick. The centre console is also perfect for storing coffee table books, board games, remote controls, and more.

Materials: walnut veneer with engineered wood, powder-coated steel

Key features:

  • Modern walnut veneer finish
  • Spacious centre console for storage
  • Slimline legs

02

Hamptons Coastal coffee table

$399, Temple & Webster

Looking to complete that classic Hamptons look? This rectangular coffee table from Temple & Webster will seal the deal. Featuring cross-brace ends synonymous with Hamptons-styled furniture, a crisp white finish, and elegant profiling, it will make for the perfect centrepiece in your home.

Materials: MDF, zinc hardware

Key features:

  • Ample storage shelves
  • Cross-brace design

03

Cantara marble rectangular coffee table

$1969, OneWorld

Crafted with mango wood and marble, this rectangular coffee table is a unique piece with a slight coastal flair.

Materials: mango wood, marble

Key features:

  • Large storage shelf
  • Natural mango wood variations

04

Quarry rectangle coffee table

$1044 (usually $1099), Freedom

With a seamless glass table top and a timber wood frame, this rectangular coffee table from Freedom is a sleek addition to any living room. Plus, its clear glass tabletop gives the illusion of a bigger living space, too.

Materials: glass, timber wood

Key features:

  • Glass table top
  • Timber wood legs
  • Rounded rectangular design

05

Manhattan coffee table in Walnut

$1299, Lounge Lovers

The Manhattan coffee table from Lounge Lovers features an original design by UK designer, Alex Moran. It’s a sleek rectangular coffee table that celebrates the joys of mid-century design.

Materials: American poplar wood, MDF

Key features:

  • Solid wood construction
  • Mid-century modern design

06

Imogen coffee table in natural

$703 (usually $740), Interior Secrets

Ideal for a cosy and inviting living room, the Imogen coffee table in natural features a generous tabletop that is perfect for board game nights after dinner.

Materials: engineered wood, solid wood

Key features:

  • Pillar-style legs
  • Capacious tabletop
  • Also available in black

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