Problem: the nice fireslate, birch and steel end table you built years ago is now covered in children's books, leaving no place to put your beer.
Solution: build a beer shelf for your couch.
I used 12 mm phenolic-faced plywood. It's not the quality stuff from Finland (Koskisen), but I don't have a local dealer for it so I'm stuck with what I can easily mail-order. Phenolic plywood is waterproof and looks amazing. I would probably build everything with it if I could.
This is one of the few woodworking projects I have designed completely in CAD (Fusion360) and constructed with my Shaper Origin CNC router (which is amazing).