Console Tables

An indispensable piece of storage and display furniture for the dining room or dining area in the living room, console table tabless are the ideal solution for items you want to keep close at hand. You can choose a console table table that provides space for remote controls and a cup of coffee. Alternatively, you can choose from products with shelves or drawers to store your magazines and coasters. We're sure you'll find a console table that suits your style and space at IKEA.

Console table models suitable for your needs

Console tables are one of the most common pieces of furniture in living and dining areas. Historically, it is a piece of furniture found in the kitchen or dining room, and in more traditional homes, it is where tableware and serving utensils such as dinnerware, glasses, cutlery, knives and spoons are stored. Versatile and the perfect piece of furniture to use in any way you want, the console table today lends itself to many different uses and offers itself as a storage unit for a multitude of environments. Modern console tables are not only a multifunctional complement, but also a piece of furniture that contributes to the aesthetic presentation of an interior design project. With clean lines, new materials and bold designs, traditional kitchen chests have in fact been reinterpreted in a contemporary key, becoming a true style statement of the environments in which they are placed.

Console tables, unlike display cabinets and some sideboards, are not a high piece of storage and display furniture, but have a structure designed to be wide and low. Therefore, you need to evaluate the available space and especially the width of the console table you want to buy. Although the height of the console table models is similar between models, the width is quite variable: two-, three-, four- or even six-door console tables, so you can choose the one that suits your space and storage needs. Smaller console tables are perfect for bedrooms, under the stairs or in tight spaces; lower console table models are particularly practical for homes with low or sloping ceilings.

Console tables can be placed directly on the floor or on your feet, depending on your aesthetic preference or ease of cleaning. Console table models with legs are easier to sweep underneath, and the different legs are perfect for changing the mood of a simple and minimal console table. With pedestal-less console tables, you don't have to worry about dust accumulating under your furniture until you need to move or replace your console table. Legless console tables also create a cleaner and more solid look. Wall-mounted console tables create the effect of these two aesthetics and practicality at the same time. For your safety, make sure you fix your wall-mounted console tables to the wall correctly.

The console tables can be configured in infinite combinations according to the use we want to make of them and the type of objects to be stored. Console tables with doors or drawers are very practical: Firstly, they protect the items inside cabinets and drawers from dust; secondly, they hide the contents from view, especially if the objects are stored in an irregular way. If you have a lot of space, you can choose a console table with hinged doors: this type of furniture is suitable for storing many objects and keeping the house tidy. In this case, one should take into account the size of the doors, which should be able to open without difficulty.

Sliding door units solve the problem of space, but unlike hinged doors, they cannot open at the same time.

You can consider a console table with drawers for storing small objects, cutlery, tablecloths and even documents. The latter is also appropriate in studios or offices for the organisation of stationery.

Console tables without drawers and with spacious internal compartments are ideal for storing taller objects such as bottles and vases. Spacious storage compartments with internal shelves are suitable for storing everything you might need in the dining and living room, such as toys, books and cables.

By complementing the drawers, cabinets and even open shelves of our console table models with different cabinet and drawer organisers and boxes, you can stack your belongings and easily store items of different types and functions in the same storage space.

In which areas of the house are console tables used?

Console tables have played an important role in homes for many years and have established themselves as a practical storage solution in addition to cabinets, display cabinets and sideboards in living and dining rooms. Some console table models are equipped with numerous doors and drawers to maximise their storage and storage potential. The top of the console table is useful in these situations to temporarily place plates or bottles during dinner, especially if there are guests and the surface of the table is full. Today, console tables remain one of the most convenient solutions for keeping disorder to a minimum: in fact, they make it possible to store a wide variety of objects in them, which are not reduced only to plates, glasses and household items. In the living room, for example, console tables with hinged doors are ideal for storing cables, toys and books. Different models of console tables are also perfect for storing all kinds of multimedia systems to support your TV in the living room.

The surfaces of the console tables offer you a visible display area, as opposed to the storage function of the cupboards, shelves and drawers underneath. This area is perfect for displaying photos and family memorabilia and can be decorated with elegant table lamps. In addition, the tops of the console tables are often used as a support surface for books, notebooks and keys, and if placed near the foyers of the house, they allow you to easily see and not forget the items you need to pick up before leaving home. In the office or home office, console tables can house stationery, office supplies and electronics and provide a work surface for printers and document holders. In this case, console tables often have locking doors to keep valuables or confidential information safe.

Console tables can also be a welcome addition to the bedroom for storing blankets and linens, and even the bathroom where towels, bath mats and toiletries can be stored in an organised manner. To meet many needs and uses, the modular console table allows you to take advantage of all available space.

In our minds, console tables have always remained a piece of furniture against the wall, suitable for holding various objects. The designer console tables presented in recent years are instead true showcases, characterised by open compartments that offer the opportunity to display elegant pieces, crystals and art objects. Double-sided console tables even allow you to separate two spaces between them, becoming a real, albeit low, divider in their environment. The open partitions are often replaced by glass or crystal doors that show the preciousness of the interiors: a console table combined with furniture lighting further emphasises the precious objects displayed in them.

Console table materials and uses

Console tables were born in the eighteenth century as indispensable elements for serving lunch. It gained its popularity in the 19th century, when families were wealthy enough to reserve a room exclusively for lunch. In fact, classic kitchen console tables were complements available in a wide variety of decorative styles, made of wood and decorated with expensive veneers and inlays.

Versatile in both use and form, console table design today allows experimentation with materials and colours for models that can meet any style and design requirements. Among the models available on the market, it is possible to choose between console tables with clean and square geometries that play with the alternation of filled and empty and interlocking volumes, or traditional kitchen chests with doors and drawers.

Those looking for console tables have an infinite number of possibilities. Depending on the budget, the material and therefore the quality of the console tables may vary. If you want more robustness and quality, you can opt for a wooden console table, where damage from scratches and knocks is easier to remove and easier to paint. Wooden console tables are a wise investment: in addition to being durable, they gain character and charm even with wear and tear, giving a nostalgic touch to the environment in which they are placed. Among the most demanded woods for classic-style console tables are oak, walnut, teak and rosewood. These pieces of furniture are made with stronger edges and with special attention to details and joints that can give them a unique style. Walnut console tables, in particular, are ideal for adding a sophisticated look to the room with their unique patterns. Walnut console table models can also be complemented with different handles for the aesthetic look you want; You can complete your walnut console tables with different handles and accessories for a classic, industrial or modern look. If you don't want to leave the wood in sight and want to give the room a touch of colour, whether in contrast or in combination with the rest of the furniture, you can opt for console tables that are fully customisable in colours. For example, if you are looking for a colour that will add to the look of the dining table in the dining room, white console table models are ideal for this task. White console tables also bring a clean and simple atmosphere to any environment. If you want your console table to be a focal point in the room, you can examine different coloured assertive console tables, for example black console table models. Black console tables add depth and style to the rooms they are added to, and they are also more resistant to food stains or any dirt that may be in your room than white and coloured console tables. Similarly, anthracite console tables soften the depth and strength of black, giving your room a modern and thoughtful feel.

A cheaper alternative to solid wood are veneered wood veneer console tables, characterised by a veneer consisting of a thin layer of real wood glued to the surfaces. Veneers can be laid over cheaper and lighter materials to save costs, or simply added to achieve a particular wood grain or colour.

If you don't want to give up the warmth of wood but don't have a high budget, you can opt for a steel and wood console table where the structure is made of metal and the panels, drawers or doors are made of wood. For an industrial and post-modern style, you can opt for steel or aluminium console tables, characterised by minimal and clean lines, as well as modern console tables with a concrete finish. For those who like a more refined style, glass console tables are also an option, which are as elegant as they are delicate. This type of furniture is more suitable for displaying than for keeping: the glass of the doors can therefore be transparent, satin-finished or coloured, depending on how much you want to show off inside. If you lean towards a more luxurious style, console tables with leather-covered doors or a marble console table are what you need: Characterised by timeless elegance and simple and clean lines, leather or marble console tables require special care for cleaning and maintenance. The weight of marble console tables should also be taken into account, which is certainly more than a conventional piece of furniture.

How to combine dining room console tables?

Before examining console table models for the dining room or dining area in your home, you can start examining other dining room furniture in your space. Usually dining tables and chairs are chosen together, and when combining your console tables with this furniture, you can take a look at the aesthetics and materials of the tables and chairs. For example, if you have chosen solid wood for your dining table and chairs, you can complete the look with a solid wood console table or choose one of the white console tables that will remain in the background to make them stand out.

If you want to combine your living room console tables with other furniture in the living room, you should first decide whether you want your console table to be a focal point or a harmonious part of the background. You can combine a living room console table that will be a focal point with sofas and coffee tables; you can combine living room console table models that you want to remain in the background with other storage furniture such as bookcases, showcases and sideboards.

The easiest and most aesthetic way to combine and complement the console tables is to choose a beautiful mirror to stand above your console table. Mirrored console tables allow the space of the wall they are on to expand and at the same time make the room look wider in the most aesthetic way possible. If your console table is against a wall, you can choose a large and magnificent wall mirror on top of your console table model. If there is no wall behind your console table, you can complement your console table with table mirrors. The surfaces of the console tables are of course perfect for showing your own personality. You can decorate this area with different vases, frames, decorative plates and bowls.

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