Console Tables Buying Guide
A console table is a style of accent furniture mainly for use in a living room, family room or hallway. It is the perfect place to put a vase of flowers, pictures and those other little touches that enable a home to feel inviting. Especially in a tiny room or narrow hallway, pairing the console table with a beautiful mirror can make the space feel bigger. Console tables come in a large variety of styles, sizes, heights and materials. Selecting one might seem a little daunting. A few simple tips can help you decide which style of console table will best suit your needs and add that finishing touch to your interior space.
Before You Begin
Think where you want the console table to go and then make sure you take measurements. Having a rough idea of how much space you have to work with will save you time and money.
Console Tables are sometimes placed against the back of a couch (hence its other name, sofa table). If you are purchasing a console table for this purpose, measure the height of your couch. The console table should be the same height or a little bit lower than the back of the sofa.
If you are furnishing a whole room it’s wise to set a budget. Knowing how much money you have to spend will narrow your choices down, making the final choice easier.
It’s very important you choose the style of your console table accordingly. If you want it to match the existing furnishings, match it with the furniture already in the room. However, if you want to make a focal point that is visually appealing, choose a console table in a different style or material from your other furniture.
If the room is tiny, choose a console table in a light wood finish, since lighter colours usually make the space appear bigger. If the console table is being placed in a hallway, think about purchasing one with a drawer, open shelving, cabinets or cubbies. It will heighten the functionality of your entryway by offering family and guests alike a place to put keys, gloves, purses, etc.
Choose a Style
Selecting one style for each room gives your property continuity and flow, and is a reflection of your particular tastes and lifestyle. The great news about choosing a style is that there is never a right or wrong. There are so many to choose from that it might drive you mad selecting just one. Décor styles can be classed into some simple categories then broken further into many sub styles. Some of the many decorating styles include traditional, contemporary, modern, country, transitional and eclectic.
Traditional furniture is often crafted of wood and contains medium wood finishes or dark wood finishes. These console tables are richly ornamented with elaborate decorative and architectural detail such as mouldings, turned spindles, cabriole legs and intricate brass drawer pulls. They are usually oversized and impressive, with a stately or formal appearance. Traditional furniture, inspired from historical periods and social trends, spans several centuries, dating back to the Renaissance to the Victorian era.
Transitional furniture is like traditional styles because it is a mix of both traditional and contemporary decorative elements. However, transitional style has a relaxed look because decoration is pared down and is not as ornate. Lines and forms are flowing, but can also be blended with linear components. Transitional console tables are often both functional and comfortable and usually of a more moderate scale. A transitional console table often has classical lines, rounded corners and a medium to dark wood finish.
Contemporary style console tables focus on function and form, lines and forms are more linear, but usually have rounded corners and softer and simpler ornamentation. Contemporary tables have an uncluttered, relaxed appearance and are commonly built of lighter woods with light wood finishes and medium wood finishes. Sub styles of contemporary console tables include urban, Art Deco and retro.
Modern console tables are often geometric or asymmetrical, incorporating the new technologies, materials and philosophies that originated from early twentieth century. Modern console tables tend to have no ornamentation or if they do have a decorative detail, it is lean and spare and an integral aspect of the design of the piece. Surfaces are sleek and polished; chrome and glass are popular construction materials. Sometimes it is regarded to be cold, but modern furniture is an expression of a specific architectural movement.
Country style console tables grew out of traditional conventions. However, it represents the social customs and philosophies of the region of its birth. For example, as colonists used old world cabinetry techniques to their new surroundings, Colonial furniture used lighter finishes and decorative detail evolved to be less ornate. A country style console table is often constructed of wood and can have scalloped edges, wainscoting and turned legs.
Eclectic style is just what it sounds like, and is as personal as the person doing the decorating. It encompasses a variety of different design and style aspects. Since eclectic style is a mix of historical periods and trends, you can style a contemporary console table with a Queen Anne armchair. An eclectic room has a "layered" look that is textured and visually captivating.
Choose a Material
When selecting what your console table will be constructed of, don't neglect the tabletop. Some manufacturers offer designer sofa tables with distinctive tops made from a selection of materials including stone, glass and leather. To create a bold statement in your hallway or living room, select a contemporary glass console table or one that has a mosaic or granite top.
A genuine wood console table is a piece of furniture you will admire for a long period of time. Considered to be the strongest material for furniture, genuine wood furniture is crafted from timber cut from tree trunks. Common hardwoods for furniture construction are beech, oak or maple. Softwoods such as pine and cedar are also widely used for furnishings. The terms "hardwoods" and "softwoods" refer to whether the timber used to make the console table is from a deciduous (a tree that loses its leaves) or coniferous tree (a tree that does not shed its leaves), and not to the hardness or softness of the actual wood.
Regardless of the style, metal console tables possess an elegant and sleek appearance. They can be crafted from iron, steel aluminium or other alloys. A metal console table usually has a glass top. Since metal furniture is constructed from different types of metals, in a variety of combinations and strengths, the quality of metal used can vary from one supplier to another. Not only is a metal console table stylish, it is also durable and easy to care for.
Glass is a common material for the tops of different types of console tables. When shopping for glass top console tables, choose one made of tempered glass. Since it is designed to shatter into small fragments rather than big shards, like untreated glass, if it should break, it will be safer. Tempered glass is made in one of two ways: it is treated with heat or covered in a chemical solution.
Another common material for a console table top is a variety of stone, especially marble, granite and slate. A top made from stone can be designed from an individual piece or from veneers. A marble or slate veneer is made by adhering thin slices of real stone to the surface of the furniture piece, often made from an engineered wood like plywood or MDF. This gives the console tabletop the visual look of real stone, but it will weigh less and be less expensive.
Choose a Type
Yes, looks are crucial, but so is function. To get the maximum out of your console table, buy one that will match your décor and your personal lifestyle. First, specify the primary purpose of your table: is it to showcase accessories such as a lamp or a vase or do you require somewhere to hide scarves and gloves so they're handy when you're ready to go out the door? Since there are a lot of types and styles to choose from, choose a console table that will help your room or hallway be more efficient, while giving your décor a wonderful new look.
Console Tables are designed to nestle against a wall or couch and can serve multiple purposes. They come in a multitude of shapes and sizes, especially rectangular and oval. The half-moon console table is often called its French name, the demilune console or sofa table. When constructed of metal and glass, the half moon console is particularly elegant in a hallway and creates the sense of spaciousness. If you are in the mood for entertaining, a console table in a living room or family room is extremely versatile, since it can be utilised as a buffet table or a mini bar. Console tables can add new life into your décor by revitalising the room while adding functionality.
Storage Console Tables
A storage console table is the perfect accent table because it provides extra places to house things out of sight or in plain sight, if you prefer open shelving to hidden storage. Storage console tables can make a room clutter-free, especially if the design includes baskets, multiple drawers or cubbies. Especially if you need to increase your floor space, choosing a storage console table is a smart way to heighten the rooms functionality. Storage console tables can be placed in a foyer, dining room, living room or even a spare bedroom.
A wine console table is a wonderful way to keep a small, select collection of wines close to you. It not only makes entertaining easier, but it also portrays you as a smart and classy host or hostess. Wine consoles come in a number of different styles, and can range from possessing intricate details to spare, clean lines. Depending on the supplier and the design, wine rack console tables can store a small number of bottles to ones that can house 40 or more bottles of wine. Wine consoles are the perfect place to lay down drinks, a plate of snacks or an open bottle of champagne while it's waiting to be poured.