Small but mighty, console tables are a designer favorite in the world of home décor. These adaptable pieces of accent furniture work well in every room and add equal amounts of style and function to your space. Read on to discover our favorite console table ideas and what to consider when choosing one for your home.
What is a Console Table?
Long and narrow, console tables typically stand as tall as a dining room table or desk. Measuring at 12 inches or less in depth, console tables are ideal for compact spaces such as entryways and hallways or behind sofas. They create extra surface area for displaying décor and lighting, but also serve functional purposes such as storage.
Things to Consider Before You Buy
Before you buy a console table for your home, take some measurements. Console tables come in hundreds of shapes and sizes, so it’s important to make sure you select one that fits your space.
Second, think about how you’ll use the console table. Will you use it to display family photographs in the hallway or as a drop zone for keys and mail in the entryway? These details will help you narrow down your options by features and material.
Console Table Features
Depending on how you plan to use your console table, the following features may be helpful in the decision-making process.
Similar to small writing desks, some console tables feature a small drawer or two below the table’s top. This feature provides a designated space to tuck away small items you don’t necessarily want in plain sight.
Console table shelves sit below the top and typically extend the length of the table. Use this space to display books and a potted plant, or add baskets to organize items you want hidden but close at hand.
Some console tables feature specific compartments for storing magazines and other reading material. Try this style anywhere you spend time relaxing, such as the living room, office, or den.
If you foresee moving your console table regularly, casters (or small wheels) make it easier to roll from room to room. Popular for their industrial look, these styles also feature wheel locks to keep them in place.
As the name suggests, pedestal console tables feature a long narrow surface on top of a single column. This feature looks particularly elegant and makes a great statement placed at the end of a hallway.
Tray top console tables come with a tray built into the design. This feature is also ideal for landing zone spaces where small items tend to collect throughout the day, especially those you don’t want to lose track of.
From rustic to glam, console tables come in every style imaginable. However, there are a few particular trends we especially love seeing in home décor today.
Distressed finishes are popular across a multitude of styles. We particularly love this worn look with farmhouse or coastal décor, but the look is chic with global furnishings, too.
Industrial console tables are popular for loft-style living spaces. Sturdy materials, such as solid wood, metal, and concrete are durable and neither feminine or masculine in appearance.
Glass top console tables on sleek metal frames are popular for their transitional appeal. If you’d like something a bit more glam, try a mirrored console table.
Ways to Use a Console Table
The small scale of console tables makes them easy to incorporate into your home. With a little creativity, you’ll find console tables suit far more spaces than you imagined.
As corridors to other rooms, hallways are often ignored when it comes to home furnishings. Place a console table in your hallway and top with a small lamp or seasonal décor.
Everyone’s entryway can use a little love and care, so why not add a console table? It will make a good first impression on guests and provide a space to store keys and other small necessities.
Use a console table to anchor your sofa or loveseat if your living room features an open floor plan. The look adds an element of intention, as well as surface area to store books and belongings.
If your living room features a wall-mounted TV, place a console table underneath to display décor. If you prefer to use one as a media console, be sure to find a style that’s sturdy and wide enough to support your screen.
We love when console tables are used as vanities in the bathroom or bedroom. Opt for feminine styles with plenty of drawer space for a look that’s particularly chic.
Try a console table in place of a sideboard or credenza to store extra dishware and linens in your dining room. Common styles take up less floor space but add to overall surface area for serving, too.
With these ideas and considerations in mind, it’s time for the fun to begin. Shop by style, feature, material, and more to find a look you’ll love for your home.
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