Part display table, part showpiece, part storage unit, we like to think of console tables as the ultimate workhorse. What makes them especially awesome functional pieces is that they can go virtually anywhere—the entry, along a hallway, lining a wall in the living room, behind a sofa, in a corner in the bedroom… you get the idea.
On top of all that, console tables also come in myriad styles so you’re bound to find one that works for and fits inside your home. Slender two-tiered designs can be perfect if you’re pressed for space, while a console with a gold base adds instant glamour. Or, if you just need something that has tons of storage, there’s no shortage of options there either.
All to say, there’s every reason to bring a console into your home. But to help simplify things, we’ve rounded up our top ten picks for the best console tables on the market. Read on to see how you can add them into your home based on your style and needs.
If you appreciate a bright modern look…
Consider a midcentury-style piece made with a sculptural base and natural materials. Details like honed stone or concrete surfaces and thinly carved wood bases will emphasize the craftsmanship of the overall clean-lined design. An open wood base is also great in small spaces since it appears more minimal and groups nicely with other simple decor.
Our Pick: Ragna Modern Console
If you want to add instant chic style…
A classically designed console made with luxe exotic materials is the way to go. Think surfaces made with faux shagreen (aka faux stingray skin, like this one) faux python, or even leather, which instantly plays up an elevated look and feel.
Try also to opt for a console with bold base details to match, such as a chic X-frame or intricate cutouts, for added visual impact. Just be sure you pair it with other accents made with luxe materials for balanced appeal.
Our Pick: Strand Shagreen Console
If you’re inspired by vintage style…
Look to smaller pieces with intricate carved designs and weathered wood finishes that give off a global vibe as if it was found in a local vintage shop.
With a console that’s all about global appeal, we love the idea of a smaller piece that’s a cross between a console and cupboard with drawers and layered storage options. It not only has a smaller footprint, but this type of console is super versatile. You can use it as a bar cabinet, storage for games, or as a catchall for small items in an entry!
Our Pick: Egypt Console
If you like designs with a bit of edge…
A strong and sleek option with a slim open frame might just be one of the best console tables for you. What does that mean? Look for a piece that’s made with hefty materials, like a marble top paired with a sleek steel base.
This combination of industrial elements and minimalist design results in a console that has both a structured look and glam appeal. All in all, it’s a super versatile and stylish piece that plays well with other edgy designs.
Our Pick: Solana Console Table
If you’re all for the rustic vibe…
Nothing conjures up the rustic farmhouse vibes like a traditional rustic wood console. It’s a staple in modern farmhouse spaces with its weathered look, which can easily be styled up or down. Go for one with an open bottom shelf that lets you stash shoes, baskets, and blankets if you want a console that plays up the rustic elegant look.
Our Pick: Hitchcock Console
If you want something simple and sophisticated…
You can’t go wrong with a marble-top console that has a bold base. It’s a timeless design pairing that always looks polished. Carved bamboo elements are another special detail of this console variety. A traditional Chinoiserie decorative touch, it adds a glam, tropical touch that doesn’t detract from the table’s delicate appeal.
Given that this console design works in any range of settings (foyer, hallway, bedroom, inside a closet, as a vanity) and with any decor (woven pouf, classic armchair, modern table lamp), we love doubling them up to flank a fireplace or side-by-side to create one seamless display surface.
Our Pick: Spike Console
If you’re into bold contemporary designs…
Take the route of going with an eye-catching modern sideboard that can double as a console display for cool graphic art above. One with a super-mod facade, like this version with carved wood doors, stands in as a large art piece that also doubles as functional storage for everything from barware to dishes and table linens and beyond.
But the best part about a statement storage piece over a table is that you’ll be able to create a striking focal point that’s an easy conversation starter. For even more storage, choose a sideboard with a raised open base which lets you sneak baskets underneath and also keeps the piece from feeling heavy in a room.
Our Pick: Zurich Console
If you love a little luxe and glamour…
Go for something in the same vein as a marble-top and gold frame console. But choose one with an open base that allows you to stow away stools and ottomans underneath, which provides you with an instantly luxe vignette and showcase, no matter where you decide to set up this arrangement.
The rectilinear and airy design of this console also means it’s the most versatile option in our mix as it can come in various base colors and finishes that allows it to work in multiple rooms and settings.
Our Pick: Carrera Console
If you’re obsessed with minimal style…
A perfectly slim and modern tiered console will likely check all the design boxes for you. The slender profile of this type of console blends in with your decor and doesn’t overwhelm spaces.
Consider an industrial three-tier console with open storage. While it might not be great at hiding clutter, use that to your advantage by turning it into a showcase for favorite objects and accents or even use it as a plant stand in your living space to create a vibrant corner.
Our Pick: Elodie Console
If you’re after stylish storage…
We’re big fans of a modern-rustic console cabinet that combines streamlined style with a weathered-wood look. For example, this three-drawer storage shelf unit that’s perfect in an entryway. Seriously, think about all the takeout menus, sunglasses, and other trinkets that end up in the most random places. This is a one-stop storage solution for all of that!
These designs generally have a versatile look, so they’re make awesome anchor pieces for either classic decor or eclectic art. If your style veers traditional, try topping it with gourd lamps or a painting. For a more modern take, hang a monochrome photograph and top it with smooth, white ceramics.
Our Pick: Gerald Reclaimed Pine Console