Coffee or Cocktail?

What is the difference between a coffee table and a cocktail table? Many times, we see these terms used interchangeably. Most of the time our titles and descriptions include both terms to accommodate potential buyers that may search one way or the other. However, there technically is a difference and it is easily explained and remembered as follows...

A coffee table is round and a cocktail table is not.


Need a mental image?  If the table is the shape of a doughnut (which goes great with coffee), it is a coffee table. Otherwise it is a cocktail table.