Console tables are easily the hardest-working pieces of furniture you’ll find. Their variety of sizes and range of functions means they’re highly versatile players and can be used for pretty much anything.
Depending on your house and your needs, you can use them for storage or as staging areas for antiques, as buffet tables at your next brunch or as bar carts. They’re totally indispensable for gracious daily living—and the sine qua non of entertaining.
The humble diminutive, “no muss, no fuss” console table can fit with ease into nooks and crannies—between two windows in the living room, for instance, or along the wall in a narrow hallway.
They’re ideal perches for a pretty bowl or tray to hold your keys and mobile phone, or as a cozy base for a small vase of seasonal flowers or branches throughout the year.
Taller and narrower than most tables, they typically range in height from 30 to 36 inches (76 to 91 cm) and in width from 13 to 18 inches (33 to 46 cm).
Their unique dimensions make them a good choice for displaying decorative objects, serving food or even using as a desk.
Console tables fit well in confined or narrow spaces such as entrances, halls and passageways. Look for half-round designs or gold leaf console tables where space is at a premium.
Most often seen in entryways, they provide the perfect spot to set the tone for your home — and add style you can enjoy the second you walk in the door.
Of course we also love their functionality; they can add light, provide storage, and ensure you'll always know where your keys are.
All, or most, console tables are available in wood, metal, concrete, plastic, or combinations and they’re available in different styles.
The Parsons Table
Modernist but highly versatile, the Parsons table clean-lined, squared-off geometrics work especially well between two sofas placed back-to-back.
They don’t contribute much in the way of visual clutter, making them the perfect counterpoint to more-elaborate pieces. And because they don’t hog attention, anything you put on them will have instant star quality.
Whether graceful and curvy or chunky and minimal, the plinth style console table makes an attention-grabbing staging area for over the top floral arrangements or a single oversize vase. They’re powerful in an entryway, especially as it’s the first thing you see when you come in the door.
Sleek and see-through, these ‘barely there’ acrylic pieces of furniture have a real talent for showing off sparkly, metallic, and brightly colored objects.
They reflect and absorb light—magical when topped with a pretty lamp or two. And even though they’re quite mod, they work well with practically any style of furnishings. A word of warning though, make sure whatever you’re placing top isn’t too heavy.
High and Low
This versatile player—the high and low - something of a stationary bar cart—can be a demure staging area during the day, but then be the life of the party come evening.
The upper shelf is great for a row of pillar candles or lanterns, with a couple of stacks of art and travel books underneath.
Before guests arrive, swap in glasses, an ice bucket filled with bubbly, snacks, and cocktail napkins up top. Below, have more wine and glassware at the ready.
While the name suggests an ideal place to house a small library, there’s nothing stopping you from using these multi-tiered console tables as storage workhorses in the entryway.
In a larger living room, they make wonderful sofa consoles and in the dining room, you can use it as a sideboard, placing the buffet on top and plates, flatware, and napkins below.
Just as there is a console for every purpose and person, they're also available in every possible material, as well as color.
There really is no limit as to what you can do with a console table and for a very affordable price you’re going to get a multi-functional piece of furniture.
A popular color at the moment is grey because it can adapt to so many décor styles and tone variations in a house.
They will work well in an ultra-modern home and in a more industrial chic environment. They’re also available in anything from concrete to a treated wood, giving the console table a distressed look.
The Best Grey Console Tables
#1 - Home Styles 5133-22 Concrete Chic Console Table
This stunning grey console table combines industrial chic with a touch of urban edge. The unique Home Styles Concrete Chic Console Table is constructed molded concrete over a light weight core with a solid wood base.
The top is a lightly finished aged metal look and the base has a weathered brown finish. This grey console table creates a gorgeous accent piece and can also be used outdoors.
This gets aperfect score of 10/10 in our ratings.
#2 - Grey Finish Pattern Design Console Sofa Entry Table with Shelf / Drawer
This grey console table is a perfect addition to an entryway or ‘empty’ interior space, needing that something.
Featuring a drawer and shelf, the grey finished table has a simple yet stylish design on the drawer. Add a stylish touch to your entryway or any interior space with this pattern design console table.
A drawer and shelf and grey finish highlight this modern design.
Almost flawless, we rate this 9/10, and for the price of this stylish console table it’s easy to see why.
#3 - Safavieh American Home Collection Jethro Console Table, Ash Grey
Safavieh furniture is inspired by today’s lifestyles and the timeless artistry of the ages. Each piece of furniture reflects their core philosophy - the harmony of décor springs from the harmony of people.
The transitional Jethro grey console table adapts to a myriad of decorating styles with ease. Crafted of elm wood with an ash grey finish, this graceful Demilune table looks great behind a sofa or against an entry hall or living room wall.
We rate it 8/10.