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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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Kartell
$1,105.00
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Design by Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet, 2010.Made in Italy by Kartell.Ghost Buster by Kartell evokes the lines of a classic... commode, but with a contemporary flair in its transparency and plastic. Elegant and intriguing, Ghost Buster is an object... read more

Hammary
$265.00 $429.00
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Hammary - Console Tables - T300148900 - Champagne FinishCrafted from Metal and GlassDesigned specifcally for today?s modern/transi...tional homes to mix and match with a variety of furniture stylesClean linesDelicate scalingClear glass table topsHalf-circular bracingBeveled glass topTransitional StyleSpecifications:Overall Dimensions: 54W x 18D x 28HWeight: 50 lbs read more

La Fuente Imports
$247.50 $275.00
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Great behind the sofa or in any narrow space, this Mexican rustic pine sofa table is beautiful and functional. Its single, wide be...veled-front drawer offers lots of storage. A thick shelf below and turned wooden legs complete its southwestern flair. This charming rustic furniture piece has been produced with care using a combination of new, kiln-dried ponderosa pine and genuine wormwood accent planks between 50 and 250 years old. It is finished with a rich, honey-colored furniture wax to bring the wood grain to life. All iron and hardware is hand-forged with a distressed, rust-colored finish. Every piece is 100% solid wood (no laminates, particle board, or veneers), carries a one-year warranty, and unlike other on-line stores we try to keep all items in constant stock for delivery to your home or office in just 2-3 weeks. Lyon Mexican Rustic Pine Console Table. 47W x 30H x 18D. Pine Rustic Pine Collection. New. read more

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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Sunpan

A squared design lends modern flair to this handsome Arch console table. Crafted with a wood and veneer blend, this eye-catchingly... simple table comes in several colors and is ideal for displaying your favorite decorative accents. read more

Baxton Studio

Celebrate grape times with our Bordeaux Wood and Metal Contemporary Console Table. Wine enthusiasts will love this table???s devot...ion to the vine with its under-top stemware designed for wine storage. read more

Sunset West
$465.00 $665.00
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XSW1245: Features: -Material: Resin wicker.-Fully welded powder coated aluminum frame.-Product Type: Console table.-Table Shape: R...ectangle.-Style: Contemporary.-Distressed: No.-Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 30.-Overall Length - Side to Side: 51.-Overall Width- Front to Back: 12.-Woven Material: Wicker.-Woven Material Details:. Color/Finish: -Finish: Cognac.-Finish: Brown. Dimensions: -30'' H x 51'' W x 12'' D, 34.32 lbs.-Overall Product Weight: 34.32. Collection: -Montecito collection.-Collection: Montecito. read more

Elements

This Elements Black and White Console Table has a modern design with an attractive white circle cut-out design. Attractive and fun...ctional, the table has a large top surface, a lower shelf, and two drawers accented by white knobs. 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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Safavieh
$241.91 $268.79
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Find standalone tables at Target.com! Classic detailing and country chic aesthetic combine forces in the safavieh caguas console t...able with baskets - gray. This stately piece of home furniture is a stylish addition to your living room, family room or bedroom with its versatile elements and functional storage space. Featuring a trio of pullout drawers--one with a vintage-inspired stainless steel fixture and two with wicker woven faces--along with turned wood details on each leg, a fixed shelf beneath and a spacious table top. read more

Overstock.com

Display your favorite table lamp or decorative pieces with this contemporary Zendi table. Featuring a unique, center-slat support ...system, this cappuccino end table design incorporates an open shelf and small drawer to provide storage space. read more

Zuo Modern

This walnut small console by Zuo Modern has an mdf finish and is from their Linea collection. It's the perfect small console to co...mpliment any bedroom or living room!CategoryOccasionalColorWalnutFinishMDFProduct CoverSolid FirStackableNoAssembly RequiredNoWeight52.8 lbs.Length17.7 inchesWidth35 inchesHeight16 inches read more

Southern Enterprises
$313.49 $329.99
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Find standalone tables at Target.com! Mix it up and keep it looking fresh with this unique colorblocked console. Distinctive linen... covered cabinet and drawer fronts provide depth and texture for an eclectic look, while the neutral earth tones fit any... 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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Safavieh
$173.84 $182.99
at Target

Find standalone tables at Target.com! Despite its diminutive stature, the raul console has presence. Classic and elegant, but not ...stuffy, the piece is crafted of elm wood with a chocolate finish and features gentle curved legs paired with a drawer and... read more

Crate & Barrel

The refined elegance of French Deco in antiqued bronze-finished forged metal and glass. Demilune console table has delicate taperi...ng legs and clear tempered-glass top. For added interest, the lower display shelf features antiqued mirror glass. -Forged... read more

Butler Specialty Company

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. read more

Overstock.com

Add a sophisticated touch to your home decor with this Ava Demilune console table Furniture piece features a French half round con...struction End table is finished with a black distressed finish 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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Hammary
$265.00 $429.00
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Hammary - Console Tables - T300148900 - Champagne FinishCrafted from Metal and GlassDesigned specifcally for today?s modern/transi...tional homes to mix and match with a variety of furniture stylesClean linesDelicate scalingClear glass table topsHalf-circular bracingBeveled glass topTransitional StyleSpecifications:Overall Dimensions: 54W x 18D x 28HWeight: 50 lbs read more

Elipse Sofa Table in Champagne - T3001489-00
NBF Signature Series
$359.00 $612.00
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Coordinating Sofa Table combines style with function. Contemporary styling with a European flair makes the new Boulevard Collectio...n an obvious choice for your lounge or reception area. read more

Boulevard Glass Rectangular Sofa Table
Cymax
$1,922.40 $2,747.99
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Domitalia USA - Console Tables - MONDOT15MBLTOVCA - This console table can beautify any corner of your home. part of the modern an...d classy mondo collection, it has a flawlessly carved rectangular shape. the extendable design of the table with five... read more

Domitalia Mondo Console Table Taupe Mat Lacquered
Cymax
$465.00 $665.00
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Sunset West - Patio End Tables - 2501ST - Virgin PE Resin Wicker warrantied for 3 years against noticeable fading and discoloring....Product is designed in the US and scaled for the American consumer. All Sunset West products are warrantied for personal... read more

Sunset West Montecito Sofa Table in Cognac
Threshold
$127.99 $159.99
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Console Table: Threshold Simply Extraordinary Console Table - Gray
Threshold
$127.99 $159.99
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Mudhut
$100.79 $143.99
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Find standalone tables at Target.com! From your living room to your bedroom and all the spaces in between, we've designed a collec...tion of globally inspired furniture for your home. The name of the collection, perdana, means first in indonesian. This... read more

Console Table: Mudhut Perdana Console Table
Southern Enterprises
$356.99 $594.99
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Find standalone tables at Target.com! Make a grand first impression with this distinctive espresso console. Antique brown, vintage... inspired drawer pulls and label holders accent the console giving it a retro feel. Transform your entryway with ample... read more

Console Table: Console Table - Coffee
POWELL COMPANY
$86.39 $143.99
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Find standalone tables at Target.com! The parcel collection combines an antique, weathered look with a rustic, industrial feel. It...s distressed look is trendy, popular and full of unique character. The layered antique white finished console table... read more

Console Table: Parcel Console Table - Black/White
POWELL COMPANY
$221.99 $369.99
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Console Table: Hand Painted 2-Door Console - White
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