Buying affordable pieces to last a few years? A cool, carefree table that’s easy to move—and that can handle the occasional ramen-noodle splatter—fits the bill.
Eccentric and friendly, it fits nicely with “heirloom” hand-me-downs. A drawer hides the remote. Fiberboard top, beech legs.To buy: Isala (35 inches in diameter), $199, ikea.com for stores.
A graphic treat for an open, airy space. Chrome below, lacquered wood veneer above.To buy: Euro Style Oliver (47 by 24 inches), $340, hayneedle.com.
A sleek see-through counterpart to a gorgeous patterned rug. Side pockets offer magazine storage.To buy: Deena Clear Acrylic (39 by 17 inches), $256, interiorexpress.com.
Lightweight laminate can be shifted away for impromptu dance parties. Try a pair side by side.To buy: Occa 2510 (22 inches in diameter by 16 inches high), $339, boconcept.us for stores.
Brings a worldly feel to a straightforward modern sofa. Top with an enamel tray so items don’t fall between the wires.To buy: Drum (24 inches in diameter), $400, bobbyberkhome.com.
A coaster-free zone: Drink rings, nicks, and scrapes will only add to its charm. On casters. Ash veneer.To buy: Broyhill Ember Grove (48 by 28 inches), $309, broyhillfurniture.com for stores.
You have a sophisticated aesthetic and a lively environment, so opt for inviting shapes (in durable but sleek materials) that allow for play, homework, and the occasional pair of feet.
Slightly concave, with scalloped edges and a floral design on top. A steel drum to a toddler.To buy: Pasha (29 inches in diameter), $585, claytongrayhome.com.
Climbing structure meets sofa companion in this space-age lacquered cocoon.To buy: Euro Style Carrie White (47 by 26 inches), $550, hayneedle.com.
An Asian-inspired silhouette glossed up in goes-with-anything greige lacquer.To buy: Connie (55 by 24 inches), $1,245, mgbwhome.com for stores.
Cutouts can display books or treasures. Hidden casters don’t lock, so it’s best on a thick rug.To buy: Orbit (40 inches in diameter), $382, thesimplecoffeetablestore.com.
In washed wood and rattan, it works well with a casual cotton sofa and a colorful rug.To buy: Blake Grey Wash Oval (46 by 30 inches), $799, crateandbarrel.com.
Could have been in Jackie O’s Palm Beach compound. Heavy, so it won’t tip when kids scale it. Lacquer.To buy: Worth (48 inches square), $1,584, lillypulitzerhome.com for stores.
You have the luxury of putting style first (no footballs flying around the living room). Maybe now is the time to splurge on an artful piece that you’ll want to decorate around forever.
Wide and loungelike, it softens up a room full of upright, traditional pieces. Cotton with maple legs.To buy: Club ottoman (48 inches square), $1,199, arhaus.com.
A sophisticated oval with a distressed-mirror top and an iron base, it will infuse a camelback sofa with sex appeal.To buy: Roland (60 by 25 inches), $1,440, dwellstudio.com.
A classic style made provocative with creaturely walnut legs and a scalloped top, it looks especially exciting from above.To buy: Victoria (49 by 30 inches), $899, abchome.com.
Intricate and awe-inspiring. With a jewel-tone sectional, it would create an elegant Moroccan vibe.To buy: Marble Fret (41 inches in diameter), $4,999, globalviews.com for stores.
With its black tempered-glass top, it’s a sultry match for a modern chocolate sofa.To buy: Wonder Central (41 inches in diameter), $1,007, us.natuzzi.com for stores.
Dynamic, design-y, and crafted from a single sheet of steel. A conversation-starting sculpture for a minimalist space.To buy: Arktura Pac (51 by 20 inches), $1,340, wayfair.com.