Modern Coffee Tables With Round Glass Tops And Timeless Designs

The coffee table is the piece of resistance in the living room. As styles comes and go, it adapts and keeps its position in the spatial configuration of the room and as time passes we have more and more models and designs to choose from. Modern coffee tables are of many different types, with various shapes and can be made of a variety of materials so let’s pick something specific to focus on: a round glass coffee table.

Such a table puts together two key elements: glass which is a very interesting and special material and the circle which brings everyone together in a harmonious way. Before you start looking for a glass top coffee table, it’s important to take some time to consider the advantages as well as the disadvantages that come with it. Assuming that the glass top is clear and transparent, this detail can greatly impact the room’s decor by not standing out and creating the illusion of space. As a result, a small living room with a glass top coffee table can seem larger than it actually is without sacrificing comfort and functionality.

The transparent glass top allows the sculptural metal base to become the center of attentionView in gallery
The transparent glass top allows the sculptural metal base to become the center of attention
A glass top can be paired with various types of table bases, made of all sorts of materials View in gallery
A glass top can be paired with various types of table bases, made of all sorts of materials

Glass coffee tables are often very versatile and easy to match with other items in the room which makes them great for eclectic interior designs. Also, a lot of times the glass top can be removed and reused which means you can basically put it on a new base whenever you want to change the look of the room. And since we’re talking about the structure and design of a coffee table, we should also mention the fact that a glass top is the perfect option for a table that has a sculptural base or one with an eye-catching design or form.

This is a beautiful combination between a sleek and delicate top and a heavy and robust baseView in gallery
This is a beautiful combination between a sleek and delicate top and a heavy and robust base
The wooden base and the glass top complement each other, both in form and proportionsView in gallery
The wooden base and the glass top complement each other, both in form and proportions
The Joint coffee table features a base made of brass and canaletta walnut and a tempered glass topView in gallery
The Joint coffee table features a base made of brass and canaletta walnut and a tempered glass top
The concentric circles that make up the top of this table create a beautiful ombre effectView in gallery
The concentric circles that make up the top of this table create a beautiful ombre effect
The glass top circles around the metal base and features a cute golden cone at its centerView in gallery
The glass top circles around the metal base and features a cute golden cone at its center

Glass is an intriguing material. It looks very fragile and delicate when in fact it’s quite strong and durable. Still, having a coffee table with a glass top isn’t always a very practical or safe choice. Glass breaks easily compared to other materials and even though you have the option of tempered glass which is more durable than regular glass and doesn’t have sharp edges when it breaks, it’s still risky to opt for a glass top table if you have kids, pets or if you’re concerned that it might break for whatever other reason.

This would have to be one of the least conventional coffee table, glass top or notView in gallery
This would have to be one of the least conventional coffee table, glass top or not
X marka the spot - in this case the center of the table's glass topView in gallery
X marka the spot – in this case the center of the table’s glass top
Any other top would diminish the beauty of this sculptural coffee tableView in gallery
Any other top would diminish the beauty of this sculptural coffee table
This is the Rio table, an elegant and versatile piece of furniture with a stylish glass top and metal-tipped legsView in gallery
This is the Rio table, an elegant and versatile piece of furniture with a stylish glass top and metal-tipped legs
The Liquefy coffee tables are made entirely of glass and their tops mimic the look of marbleView in gallery
The Liquefy coffee tables are made entirely of glass and their tops mimic the look of marble
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The tables in the Shimmer series have a special iridescent finish and their color varies depending on the angle at which the light touches them
The metal base and glass top complement each other nicely, giving this table a lightweight yet solid lookView in gallery
The metal base and glass top complement each other nicely, giving this table a lightweight yet solid look
The round glass top highlights the sophisticated design of the table's spiraling baseView in gallery
The round glass top highlights the sophisticated design of the table’s spiraling base
The tables in this series have no visible joints, featuring round glass tops placed on metal cylindersView in gallery
The tables in this series have no visible joints, featuring round glass tops placed on metal cylinders
The Newton coffee table has a base with a sinuous and sculptural design, a perfect match for its glass topView in gallery
The Newton coffee table has a base with a sinuous and sculptural design, a perfect match for its glass top

As far as maintenance goes, glass top coffee tables are somewhere in between. On one hand, you have to deal with all the fingerprints that usually make any glass surface annoying. On the other hand, you can wipe it clean with a piece of cloth and some detergent so maintenance is easy even though often. You might also have to deal with water stains but these affect any coffee table, not just the ones with glass tops.

The sleek, fluid base of this table touches the glass top and the floor in three points, being perfectly balancedView in gallery
The sleek, fluid base of this table touches the glass top and the floor in three points, being perfectly balanced
The Noguchi table is a classic piece of furniture, one that makes the most of its transparent glass topView in gallery
The Noguchi table is a classic piece of furniture, one that makes the most of its transparent glass top
Although it doesn't have a round top, this table is a great central piece for modern living roomsView in gallery
Although it doesn’t have a round top, this table is a great central piece for modern living rooms
What an interesting combination of squares and circles, all centered around the coffee tableView in gallery
What an interesting combination of squares and circles, all centered around the coffee table
It's easy to see where the inspiration for the Moose coffee table came from, considering how suggestive the designView in gallery
It’s easy to see where the inspiration for the Moose coffee table came from, considering how suggestive the design

On top of all these pros and cons related to the glass top, you must also take into consideration the form. The round top of the table will most likely give the living room a cozy and welcoming look but there’s also the possibility that it could clash with other design elements in the same room. You need to analyze the surrounding furniture and decor to make sure that a round top table wouldn’t disrupt the harmony. When all is in order, you can proceed to decorate the coffee table in a way that makes it look like a natural part of the living room, no matter how you look at it.

The three wooden elements that make up the base of the Helix table, in combination with the round top resemble a flowerView in gallery
The three wooden elements that make up the base of the Helix table, in combination with the round top resemble a flower
Whether you use it as a stool or as a small table, the Opalina has what it takes to stand out without being opulentView in gallery
Whether you use it as a stool or as a small table, the Opalina has what it takes to stand out without being opulent