Sofa Tables and Console Tables Buying Guide

There is little difference between a sofa table and a console table. In fact, the term is used to refer to the same thing: a tall, shallow table that is pushed against a wall or the back of a sofa. When console tables originated, many were designed with just two front legs, and they attached to the wall at the back. These styles still exist, but they are not very common.

Types of Sofa Tables and Console Tables

Types of Sofa Tables and Console Tables

A sofa table or console table is a common sight in entry halls and lobbies. The tables don't eat up valuable floor space or impede the flow of traffic. These qualities also make them handy in a living room, where they are most often used to hold table lamps against a wall or the back of a sofa. Here are the types you should consider for your living room.

Two-Leg Console Tables

A true console table has two front legs and rests against the wall. At the back, the table is attached to the wall for support, either with screws or a mounting plate. These tables are very shallow; they may be only a few inches deep.

Sofa or Console Tables

These terms are used interchangeably for a table that is 30-36 inches tall. The tables range in length from 36 to 72 inches, and in depth from 10 to 20 inches.

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Contemporary

A contemporary-style sofa table is one that doesn't hearken to an earlier era. It might be sculptural or futuristic, but it can also simply reflect today's favorite design elements.

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Aspire Home Accents
$252.00

Contemporary Console TableThis modern style console table features a silver metal base with a wood top overlaid in black faux leat...her. Storage provided by two slender drawers. Why wait? Place your order today! read more

DecMode
$422.40 $163.27

Dimensions: 47W x 16D x 32H in.. Fir wood top with diamond detail. Iron frame construction. Natural wood and black metal finishes.... X-shaped frame. Some assembly required. Welcome guests to your chic home by adding the DecMode Contemporary Console Table to your entryway. This console table features a fir wood top with dramatic diamond detailing and a sleek X-shaped black metal frame with sled base for added stability. read more

Coaster Furniture
$142.00 $127.06

Dimensions: 36W x 11.75D x 33.75H in.. Crafted of wood with veneers. Dark cappuccino finish. 1 Drawer for small necessities. 2 She...lves. Sleek, Asian-inspired styling. We wouldn’t say it’s top-heavy, but the Coaster Furniture Contemporary Cappuccino Console Table does embody a pleasing, Zen-like state of harmonious balance. The wide top perches upon a somewhat narrower pedestal which includes curved, bent wood beams and two shelves. There’s also a drawer for storing remote controls, incense sticks, a pen and notepad, or whatever you might need. The rich cappuccino finish ties this piece effortlessly to your contemporary décor. read more

$158.98

Treat your home to a useful and versatile accent with the sleek Montana cement top console table. The solid pine legs and base hav...e been hand finished for a natural and graceful look. The sleek faux cement table top brings an industrial feel to this... read more

Historical

A sofa table may draw design inspiration from an earlier era, whether it's an ornate Regency piece, Queen Anne style, or midcentury modern. There are many antique and vintage tables available for sale, or you may want to purchase a reproduction piece.

Storage

Many sofa tables include storage features. This may come in the form of drawers under the table surface or shelves suspended between the legs. Some sofa tables also contain cubbies, cabinets, or even wine-bottle racks, depending on the design.

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BNJ
$187.40

Introduce an element of modernity to your living space with this black console table. A single drawer thats just large enough to s...tore keys or small items is one of the defining features of this modern console table. The pieces contemporary design and... read more

Homecraft Furniture
$79.56

Beyond the great look the Hall Console table also features numerous large surfaces both on top and in its open bottom shelf. This ...item available for storage and easy display. Speaking of storage. this table also features a convenience small drawer to... read more

International Concepts
$160.00

The Spencer collection consists of solid pieces that exude craftsman workmanship, style and function. Our unfinished furniture is ...ready to finish; simply apply a clear coat, stain or paint your favorite color. Constructed from eco-friendly parawood so... read more

Simpli Home
$131.79

The Artisan Console Table can be used either in your living room or entrance hallway. Perfect for displaying your family photos, k...eepsakes, or to store your keys, wallet and documents. With 2 functional drawers and large table top space the Artisan... read more

Demilune

A demilune table is the shape of a half-circle or an elongated sliver of an oval. The long edge is placed against the wall.

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$799.00

A touch of glam. 33"W x 15"D x 31"T. Handcrafted. Antiqued mirrors adorn pewter-toned poplar hardwoods and wood composite. Light a...ssembly may be required. Imported. Weight, approximately 35 lbs. Boxed weight, approximately 38 lbs. read more

Powell
$479.99 $335.99

The classic Montpellier Demilune console table with horse head, hoof footed cast legs and generous display shelf. Floral hand pain...ted motif with linen textured top. Some assembly required. Features a horse head and hoof footed cast legs A generous... read more

Butler
$349.00

Carved details, matched wood grain, and straight lines on the tapered legs add stately grace with a modern flair to this beautiful... demilune console table. Perfect for an entryway or in pairs in a formal setting. Transitional lines fit in any modern or... read more

Butler Specialty
$329.00

This Pembroke-inspired console is highly elegant, yet unpretentious. Crafted from hardwood solids and wood products, it features a... beautiful curves with a cherry veneer top. Both the top and apron front have linen-fold pattern inlays of maple and... read more

Unusual Materials

Most sofa tables are made from stained or painted wood. But you'll also find tables constructed of metal, glass, and natural stone. There are mirrored tables and tables topped with leather, and many tables combine several materials, such as a wood top with metal legs.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Here are a couple of other factors to keep in mind when purchasing a sofa table or console table.

Two-Leg Console Tables

Because these tables have to be secured to the wall, you'll want to pick its location carefully. Make sure it's out of the flow of traffic. If the table is going to be used as part of an arrangement with art and a lamp, purchase and place those items before permanently securing the table. After that, it's difficult to move the table to another location.

Sofa or Console Tables

If you're pairing this table with a sofa, match the table to the size of the sofa. The table height should come within 6 inches of the top of the back of the sofa. The length of the table should cover at least two-thirds of the sofa length. If you are planning to place a lamp on the table, pick a table that is deep enough to accommodate a lamp base.

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The Better Homes and Gardens Neo Mission Futon is ideal for anyone with classic, yet casual tastes. Its beautiful design and warm ...walnut finish will coordinate well with many styles of decor and add an inviting, comfortable feel to your living room. The black wire mesh frame and sturdy hardwood construction ensures that it will last for years to come. It can support up to 600 lbs in maximum weight. This brown futon features 100 percent FSC-certified wood armrests for added durability. The seat and back are comprised of a 6" recycled fiber mattress with a polyester and cotton interior and a polyester exterior. It can convert from a sofa to a sleeper quickly and easily, which gives you additional seating and sleeping space wherever you need it. Enjoy the best in form and functionality with this full-size bed futon. read more

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