The Ultimate Guide to Console Tables: Choosing, Styling, and Placement

The console table is a humble staple and a lot of people love them for good reason. They’re practical, aesthetically pleasing, and multi-functional, so they make an essential feature of any well-designed, stylish home. If that’s your goal and you need a console table to make your vision come true, here’s the ultimate guide to console tables. This will help you choose not only the right size and type of console table but also the best spot for it.

 

Understanding Console Table Height and Size

Console tables are available in a range of heights and lengths to suit different tastes and spatial needs. Generally, the standard height for a console table is between 28 to 32 inches (71 to 81 cm). There are, however, exceptions to this standard, with some tables being slightly taller or shorter.

Choosing the right height is crucial to ensure it complements your other furniture. For decorative purposes, a taller table can create a dramatic effect, whereas for practical everyday use, a slightly lower table might be more comfortable.

The length of console tables can also vary widely. They can be as short as 30 inches (76 cm) or as long as 72 inches (183 cm) or even more. The ideal length depends on the available space and intended use. Longer tables are perfect for spacious entryways or hallways, while shorter ones are better suited for smaller areas.

 

Choosing the Right Console Table Size for Your Needs

The perfect size for your console table will depend on the dimensions and layout of your space. If you’re placing it in your living room, a useful guideline to follow is to aim for a table height that aligns with or is slightly shorter than the back of your sofa. This ensures a harmonious visual line that’s pleasing to the eye.

When it comes to the table’s length, you should base this decision on the size of your room and how much space you have to play with. If you have the space for a large console table, it will serve as a stylish piece while also providing more function. If your space is one the smaller side, you can go with a tall console table. It won’t take up much floor space, but still provide what you need from the console table.

Where to Place a Console Table: 5 Ideas

When you decide you want a console table, choosing the spot for it is a very important choice. This will help you determine not only the type of console table you should get but also the size and also determine how to style it. Here are a few ideas of where to place a console table to get the most out of it:

 

  1. Entryways

Console tables are usually placed on entryways, so this is a go-to choice. It offers a convenient surface to put essentials you need every day. If you choose this spot, you should decorate the table with a tasteful arrangement of flowers, artwork, or a decorative mirror above to create an inviting atmosphere.

  1. Living Rooms

If your living room is a bit bare, a console table can help tie everything together. It will serve as decoration, but it can also have other functions. For one, it’s an excellent spot to display family photos, cherished mementos, or a collection of decorative items.

 

  1. Dining Rooms

Console tables can complement dining rooms as well. For example, a long console table can display beautiful tableware or even be a place for drinks when you have people over. If you don’t have a bar in your dining room or the space for one, a console table can fulfill that function.

 

  1. Home Offices

Yes, a console table can also work for home offices or workspaces at home! In this case, a console table can store your office supplies, books, and stationery. It can even work as an extension of your desk and overall contribute to a less cluttered space.

  1. Bedrooms

Last but not least, placing a console table in a bedroom can elevate the overall design while offering a convenient surface for personal items like jewelry boxes, cosmetics, or a bedside lamp.

 

Types of Console Tables to Consider

Here are some of the most popular types of console tables to keep in mind:

 

  • Traditional Wood Console Table

Timeless and classic, a traditional wood console table will exude elegance and charm. Whether they’re made from oak, mahogany, or walnut, they’ll be a sturdy, beautiful option. They often feature intricate carvings and they add a lot of sophistication to a space. They also come in different styles, so for example, finding a Hamptons console table made of wood won’t be a struggle. A timber console table can be a good alternative to wood.

 

  • Minimalist Console Table

For those who believe in the “less is more” approach, minimalist and ‘Scandi-style’ console tables offer a sleek and understated design. The design for these tables often feature clean lines and unassuming silhouettes. More often than not, they’re available in neutral colors. They’re the perfect option for a modern and minimalist look while still providing functionality. A white console table or black console table in this style is a go-to for many people.

  • Modern Console Table

For a contemporary and airy look, consider a modern console table. These tables usually feature a sleek metal or wooden frame with a tempered glass top, but they can also be made of stone. While glass can make the room feel a bit more open due to its transparency, stone adds texture. Whichever you choose will depend on the impression you want the console table to make.

 

Final Words

Whether you need extra storage, a display surface, or a piece to enhance the aesthetic of a room, there’s a console table to meet your needs. There are also many different styles and designs available that will elevate whatever room you want to complete with a console table. Browse our store to find great options in a variety of styles and find the perfect option for your taste!

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