You've probably seen the Lack side tables at IKEA . and then there's the Parsons cube side table from West Elm. Well you can easily put two Lack side tables together for the look of a Parsons table at a much lower cost and with more color choices!
why not take the LACK shelf and flip it, so the shelf side is facing into the room? You might need to get a little creative with the mounting hardware, but this is a great way to create some semi-concealed storage and reduce visual clutter.