Decorating smaller spaces oftentimes requires you to flex your creative muscles in order to avoid a cramped, claustrophobia-inducing setup. And of course, you'll want to consider functionality and durability. Additionally, one factor that absolutely cannot be overlooked is furniture size — in a small space like a 12-foot-by-16-foot living room, for instance, standard pieces tend to consume too much square footage. To help you maximize the comfort and the wiggle room in your home, we've selected eight console tables for small spaces that include a range of styles from midcentury modern to minimalist and more. The best part is they can serve a variety of different uses, too.
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This simple yet functional narrow console table with an open shelf will dutifully serve its purpose in the entryway, behind a couch in the living space, or in a hall to display home decor and collectibles. You could even try it as a nightstand in a small bedroom. Consisting of metal legs and a matte finish, this piece is lauded by customers for its sturdiness and minimalist-meets-modern design.
If you're concerned about your compact furniture going unnoticed due to a modest size, look for pieces that are interesting enough to fill up a tiny space on personality alone. Case in point — this geometric small console table with a striking foundation. It may not have additional shelving, but it's a conversation starter. And we love the versatility of its base, which can either store wine, hold books, or be left bare, allowing the clean lines to shine.
Consider yourself lucky if you've never had the misfortune of bumping a knee or hip on a table due to a lack of walking space between furniture. To avoid this painful problem, we recommend a narrow and long entryway table for small spaces. This particular piece possesses an understated elegance, thanks to a gold metal frame and a tempered glass top. It could easily enhance a living room design or work well as a standalone hallway table.
One way to give the illusion of more space in a smaller room is to incorporate furniture that almost looks like it's not there. This contemporary piece is made of clear, acrylic plastic, so the items on it appear to be floating. While the minimalist silhouette doesn't feature drawers, the pared-down design is perfectly sleek. It could even work as a minimalist sofa table.
In order to achieve peak entryway elegance, start with a gorgeous piece of furniture like this half-moon wood console from Kate & Laurel. The curved legs give the table a slightly traditional feel, and the lower shelf is perfect for displaying items. Made of both manufactured and solid wood, the table features a satin finish to prevent chipping and scratches. As an added bonus, the legs come with glides to protect against floor damage.
Our midcentury modern-meets-rustic pick goes to this console table we spotted on Etsy. Propped up by hairpin legs, the table is handmade using reclaimed, century-old lumber, and the narrow build will fit nicely in spaces like a small hall or entryway. The standard dimensions are 36 by 11.5 by 30 inches — however, custom sizes are available.
To fill your small space with vintage vibes, go with an accessory like this dainty console table with a distressed wood grain. The worn finish and brass hardware work together beautifully. While modest enough in size to fit in a small dining room, the table features a fair amount of storage space with the help of three drawers and a long, narrow bottom shelf.
Sophisticated and simple best describe this modern console with a glass frame from Safavieh. Modeled after the display tables in London's Tate Museum, the piece is outfitted with a rustic wood shelf that comes in a variety of finishes including black oak, white, natural brown, and gray. This table will absolutely add style to a foyer or a small home office space.