If you spend a lot of time using your laptop in the family room because you like to surf while watching TV or because you don’t have a dedicated office space, a convertible coffee table could be a back-saver. I’ve seen these tables in lots of styles and price points at furniture stores, and now even Hammacher Schlemmer is offering one. This table is a very simple style in a walnut finish. When closed, it’s 20″ H x 38″ W x 24″D and serves as a normal coffee table. You can open it to 30.5″ tall and use it as a desk; the top lifts up and toward you for comfortable access and the base is weighted to prevent tipping. There’s even some storage space under the top for remotes, or maybe even your laptop. The convertible coffee table from Hammacher Schlemmer is $199.95, but you can probably shop around and find one to match the style of your furniture, if you prefer.