I am in the market for a coffee table for my family room, so be prepared for several posts to come on the subject. Using two end tables in lieu of a traditional coffee table is a look that has always appealed to me.
Technically "triple" tables, but these metallic bamboo style tables are one of my favorite looks:
Other variations. . . double trunks:
Use two different tables for a more eclectic look:
I also like the idea of using multiple smaller tables as side tables and nightstands:
Novogratz house tour via Apartment Therapy