If your coffee table has a lower shelf you don’t have to fill both levels but if you choose to try lining up the items on each tier. Use two pairs instead of threes and don’t forget to play with heights. A lidded storage box or small basket can help keep the bottom level looking sharp while giving you a place to stash items like remote controls.
Old pallets or crates are a fine alternative to the traditional coffee table and are incredibly versatile too. The ones here have simply been turned upside down — but you could screw yours together if you tend to move your furniture around a lot. You could also stack them or cut them down to size or use one pallet and elevate it with small apple crates for example. A coat of paint will transform the trusty courier once again.