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Ditch the coffee table. Just get rid of it. This may sound aggressive, but many of us just don't have the setup for a massive rectangle dead center in our living rooms. If you've managed to get one to fit, it's probably crowding all the furniture and upsetting the room's feng shui. Or, upsetting your shins as you awkwardly try to walk in the thin canal between the table's protruding corners and your couch.
But, you still need a place to set down this month's Vogue or a gimlet. Just a few inches of surface. We scoured Instagram for striking options to replace the traditional boring blocks — from a blue velvet bench to a rainbow-quilted pouf — for those less-than-palatial living rooms. Consider this just one more reason to think outside the box.