Table For Two

Appears in the June 2022 issue.

Ottoman or coffee table? How to choose between the lure of feet-up comfort or the need to have a solid surface for your drink and favorite decorative accessories? 

“It always happens,” says Jessica Johnston, design director of Naperville-based Lauren Collander Interiors. “One person wants one, and one person wants the other.”

Johnston solved the problem in a downtown Naperville home by creating a dual-purpose coffee table: A Parsons-style oak coffee table fits over an ottoman on recessed casters. The top piece slides away for relaxing. The ottoman can be moved around for additional seating for large gatherings. Comfort meets practicality.

The ingenious solution once and for all settles the decision of ottoman or coffee table: both.