If you have a lot of magazines around the house you may want to consider getting a magazine rack table to set up in your living room as a side table or as a compliment to your coffee table. A magazine rack table can be pretty useful in that the table can function like a standard side table of coffee table but the table itself is designed to not only act like a table to store items like magazines or newspapers or even books in the side of it so that items don't end up piling high on your side table cluttering up your living room or night stand.
You can of course head down to your local home furnishing stores and find a dewcent selection of side tables or magazine racks but the pickings may be slim for this very specific type of table and you may find better luck finding exactly what you are looking for in the right style if you stick to the specialty online furniture retailers or with the larger warehouse stores online which specialize in wide varieties of home goods including furniture.
Many of the big stores may have a large selection of both side tables as well as magazines racks including magazine rack tables for you to choose from. Because the variety is so big you may even find that there are more options than you ever even considered such as home designed wall mounted magazine racks which may even satisfy your needs even better than a side table.
One thing to keep in mind is that cheap magazine rack tables are probably most likely to be found in big box stores in your neighborhood if anything is going to be found there at all. Large stores like Walmart, Target, or even JC Penny's tend to have a wide selection of everything you can think of but small selections of individual items. And the selection they do have of individual items is almost always geared for the consumer with his eye on the budget. Low end furniture is almost always the norm is stores like these.
If you are generally looking for inexpensive furniture but not dedicated to buying the cheapest furniture possible then you will likely be better served by doing the bulk of your shopping online where the costs may be slightly higher than the cheapest magazine rack tables found in discount home furnishing stores but will be lower than their higher end furniture found in higher quality furniture stores in your local neighborhood.
Because online warehouse superstores do not have the same problems with maintaining inventory in a confined space online retailers can usually offer more selection for lower prices overall making the over all shopping experience generally more fruitful and constructive.
When you start shopping for a magazine rack table you will of course want to make sure you pay attention to both the style of the table, the contraction of the wood, and the size of the storage compartment. You may also want to look for more specialized storage options which may put all or part of the storage behind closed drawers or doors. After all the point of using a magazine rack table is to allow storage space for literature so that it isn't in plain sight and in your face sitting on top of a table. Storage tables which hide the magazines, newspapers, and books may be a little more elaborate and pricey but they may be just what you need for your living room.
Some things to keep in mind when comparing different types of furniture and the price points they are listed at is to look for how many moving parts there are and how many joints there are in a particular piece of furniture. For one if the wood that makes the table is solid it is likely going to hold up much better over time but almost even more important is how are the seams. If the table is constructed as one piece that doesn't come apart it is likely going to be sturdier and last longer.
Similarly you are going to want to look to the wood itself. Many cheap pieces of furniture are made of a wood composite or a particle board material which is then coated to look like finished wood. This type of construction is usually much cheaper and even when done well can still suggest the table will have a shorter lifespan. There's nothing wrong with buying a cheap magazine rack table but you should get what you pay for. Make sure you consciously decide to buy a cheap table before you make your purchase.
Again, shopping online for your tables and furniture will make it a little easier for you to comparison shop for the best price point and to shop for the right design. You don't want to have to settle for the magazine rack table in your local home goods store that doesn't' have the storage capacity that you want. Neither do you want to buy the only rack available for you which don't go with the rest of the furniture in your living room or den. Specialty online retailers such as Woodcraft Supply, Orvis, and Home decorators Collection do a great job at showcasing a very wide selection of all kinds of pieces of furniture. And if you don't find what you are looking for at one of these specialty stores large conglomerate online retailers like eBay and Amazon offer a great way for many small retailers and furniture makers from around the country to find customers that they never would have been able to find otherwise.
A high quality magazine rack table can make a big difference in a cluttered living room so it's important to get what will best serve your needs. Even if you don't need anything special there should be plenty of cheap magazine rack tables available for you at all the stores previously mentioned as well as the hundreds of specialty retailers not mentioned. The benefits of online retailing makes shopping as a consumer much easier to get a good deal; all you have to do is take advantage of the options available to you as a consumer.