The raw wood, with visible veins and other imperfections , is a must materials in industrial design. Some coffee tables are inspired by pallets, for a reclaimed style. Wood is often associated with metal, for a mixture of materials that brings character to the living room.
1. A chic plant decoration to feminize the industrial living room
Industrial coffee tables are often equipped with a large raw wood top , thus offering a large enough surface to have decorative elements. Like a dining table, you can create a centerpiece , with candles, a tray or even a pretty bouquet of flowers. These romantic elements break the raw side of the industrial, while drawing the eye to the coffee table, thus highlighting it in the room.
2. Drawers or a lift-up tray for additional storage
Whether you have a small or a large living room, additional storage space is always welcome. Think industrial tables inspired by factory storage furniture, which are often made up of drawers or lockers. This allows you to store remotes, magazines, video games, etc.
If you don’t have the space to have a table with drawers, consider the lift-up tops that hide a large storage space . It is the perfect solution for small spaces.
3. A reel to create an upcycling-style coffee table
Originally, the reel was used to wind cables on construction sites. But for many years it has been transformed into a coffee table in our interiors. Keep its raw aspect reminiscent of construction sites for an authentic industrial living room , or repaint it in dark shades (black, midnight blue, khaki green …) to obtain an upcycling spirit, very trendy in 2020.
4. A basic industrial coffee table to furnish a timeless industrial living room
No need to be complicated to adopt the industrial style in your living room. Classic models such as the wooden table and metal legs adapt just as well to a retro industrial living room as to a New York loft style living room. They are often affordable and timeless models . Compose with the rest of the decoration of the room to create a more original decoration if you wish.
5. Wooden boxes to create small industrial coffee tables
You can also write messages or paint series of numbers on them using a stencil to accentuate the industrial side. We thus have the impression of having recovered transport crates to transform them into a coffee table.
6. An XXL version pallet coffee table to create a loft-style living room
In a large living room , the coffee table is ideally chosen in an XXL version , especially if you are setting up a loft. The table should not appear too small. Choose it according to the size of the room, but also the sofa or sofas that are installed around the coffee table.
7. Nesting tables in wood and metal for a functional decoration
If you like to adjust your space according to your needs or if you often receive in your living room, nesting tables are a very practical solution . You can thus store them one under the other to form a table, or arrange them next to each other to create a larger table. The only constraint to keep in mind? The difference in level of the table top!
8. An established spirit for an industrial trade fair in a flea market
The industrialist can very well be inspired by the flea market style : materials such as metal or wood are indeed very present in these two decoration trends. Choose a coffee table that looks vintage or stored in a workshop for years. You can accentuate the aged effect of metal and wood by using sandpaper to scrape and mar the material.
9. A mixture of marble and metal to bring a chic touch to an industrial living room
Marble is often found in chic or baroque interiors. Associated with metal, it becomes more modern. Consider coffee tables with a marble top to furnish a small living room , as its light color is brighter than a black metal or dark wood top.
10. Casters to recall the “practical” side of industrial furniture
Coffee tables on casters are also known as a cart coffee table. Mounted on real casters, they allow you to adjust the space according to your needs . Some models have fixed wheels, often in black metal, which are a simple decorative element.
11. Wire-frame metal to give a designer touch to the coffee table
Lightweight, modular, wire metal allows you to create industrial coffee tables with a designer look . It is often found at table legs, but it can also constitute the entire structure of a table. It is a good alternative to trays and other thicker metal structures, especially for the arrangement of a small living room or a room furnished with designer furniture.
Corded metal can also be used on a classic table to add a designer and practical touch . It can thus be used to create lockers, a separation on a tray or even lighten a metal and wood structure.
12. An iron basin-like base to play the card of authenticity in a modern industrial living room
Less worked than wire metal, more raw, iron can be used to create light industrial furniture . Alone or associated with light wood, it allows to obtain furniture in the purest factory spirit, while being less imposing than a dark metal (black or brown). Consider this if you fancy an industrial living room that isn’t too dark , especially if you have a small room or an interior that lacks light.
13. A glass top to bring lightness to the metal
The glass-metal association works wonderfully. It is often found in industrial fairs, whether in glass roofs or cabinets. As a coffee table, this allows you to have light-looking furniture , especially if you have a small living room or a fairly busy space visually.
14. Gold metal to break the raw and masculine side of the industrial show
More and more used in industrial interiors, gold metal allows to break the raw codes of this trend. Bright, it brings softness and a touch of modernity to the whole. To be used sparingly, on one or two elements maximum in the room, under penalty of not respecting the industrial style.
15. Apparent defects in the structure to have an undue authentic living room
Bet on the very industrial look , more aesthetic than practical , to bring a touch of authenticity to your living room. The more manufacturing defects or visible welds the table has, the more it will feel like you picked up the table from an old factory instead of admitting that you bought it on a Saturday afternoon from your favorite Swedish.
16. A basic metal structure for a minimalist decoration
For a minimalist , very basic industrial decoration , think of small coffee tables composed only of a metal structure. The classic and clean lines of this type of furniture allow them to be kept over time, despite the change in trends. The good idea? You can also use these small coffee tables as a bedside table afterwards!
17. A concrete block on wheels to create an urban living room
Lovers of raw and minimalist decoration , the concrete table is made for you! No frills, no storage : a block constitutes the table. To obtain an urban atmosphere, we do not hesitate to have raw concrete walls and a waxed concrete floor, like a factory that would have been abandoned. This style of atmosphere is especially suited to homes in the city center, loft type or atypical modern space.
18. A concrete effect top to furnish a modern industrial living room
If you want a modern decor for your industrial living room, but the concrete block in the middle of the living room does not thrill you, prefer a visually lighter coffee table. Opt for a table with a black metal structure , very simple. The table top can be concrete or a concrete effect material (usually MDF), easy to maintain on a daily basis.
19. A metal trunk to have an industrial coffee table with storage
Like play chests, trunks are both aesthetic and practical . In old leather or metal, they can be used as a coffee table in an industrial living room thanks to their vintage look. If you want to use its container as a storage space, be careful not to clutter the top of the trunk for more convenient access.
20. Silver scotch-style metal legs to break the codes
Sometimes all it takes is a small detail to transform a simple piece of furniture into an element that brings originality to a room. Thus, a very simple coffee table with a design base can transform a classic industrial living room while respecting the codes.
21. A clock-style coffee table to give a vintage touch to your living room
Large clocks displayed the time in factories, before we went digital. This is why they are often found in industrial decoration, in their classic form or as a decorative element in furniture.
22. A vintage trunk mounted on wheels for a unique coffee table
As we have seen in this article, the trunks are often used as a coffee table in industrial fairs. If you have recovered an old trunk from a factory, a flea market or an attic, keep its imperfections (rust, paint chip, etc.). This gives it an authentic, very trendy touch . To make it easier to move, install cart type casters.
23. Two small coffee tables instead of one to create a small modular industrial living room
Using the ends of the sofa as a coffee table is a good solution for furnishing a small industrial living room. Lightweight, easy to move, they take up less space than a classic coffee table, while offering enough surface area to keep the functional side of the piece of furniture.
24. A liftable top to transform the coffee table into a dining table
It is not always easy to have a real dining table at home. The lack of space sometimes forces you to have to eat on your coffee table . To make it more comfortable on a daily basis, choose models with a lifting platform . You will no longer have to eat folded in half!
25. A coffee table that can be stacked on the armrest of the sofa to have a space-saving coffee table
In a studio or a very small living room, it is not necessarily possible to have a real coffee table. Fortunately, there are sofa end models that sit next to the armrests of the sofa . Small but easily movable thanks to a system of wheels, you can put a cup, a plate or even books to have them easily on hand.
26. A low basket table to buy an industrial table at a low price
This is the ideal table for a first studio or a small apartment. From the Scandinavian decoration, the basket tables are both practical and affordable. Thanks to the removable wooden top, you can access a very light wired metal storage space. To stay in the industrial style, choose models in black wire metal.
27. Hairpin legs for a light industrial coffee table
Very trendy for years, the pin legs allow to lighten the structure of a coffee table . In white metal, we associate it with a light wood to be inspired by the Scandinavian style. In black metal, we prefer raw wood for a coffee table that respects all the codes of industrial style.
28. A palette to create a small side table without breaking the bank
Affordable, easy to work with , the pallet is the ideal wood to create your own industrial table at a lower cost . Add a metal base to stay in the industrial style. The more worn the wood looks, the better!