I am a relatively new owner of a console table and am in love. Really, how did it take me so long to get one? They are narrow so they don't take up much visual weight in a room, but are a great way to display pretty things, or use as a needed storage unit like I needed (see the picture below? Yep, I had to have a place to put things!). This purchase was sparked because I didn't like the balance of my living room, which is the room you immediately walk into when coming into my apartment. I felt like there were too many kid things randomly about, with bigger items on the floor in the corner, and smaller items taking up needed room on the bottom rows of our one bookshelf. So after doing a little reorganizing, buying the console table below, and rearranging things I am feeling much better about my balance problem!
The table still needs a little tweaking, but I'm happy that things are well organized and seem to be functioning well, which is the most important thing. Now I have space back on my bookshelf so extra books aren't getting randomly thrown around like they were before because of lack of space. And even though pretty much everything on the console table are kid toys, it still looks organized and nice, so I'm fine with having that whole area for kid items. I think as long as kid toys are displayed in a pleasing way in shared rooms and don't look like they are taking over a significant amount of space, they can fit well in any room they are needed to be in. It would be great if these toys could fit in my boys room... but they can't. And it would be fantastic to have a toy room... but I'm living in a small two bedroom apartment... so thats obviously not happening (but I'm dreaming of one though...) so my living room will still have to serve its many purposes, and thats just fine.
When looking for a console table I knew I wanted one that was long with two shelves (I needed the storage space!), that was a style that could easily be mixed with other design styles. I liked that this is industrial with the metal and roller feet (love that), but has a little rustic feel to it because of the wood, which also helps soften it up a little. I wanted something that was simple yet interesting, with straight, clean lines so this was a good match for me. I bought this at World Market
, but Anthropology
also has a more expensive option.
If you have a console table, what do you use if for? Is it to display a couple of pretty things or is it packed with things like mine? I'd love to hear what you are using yours for. I'd also love to hear how you balance the adult to kid ratio in your rooms!