Your Helpful Console Table Guide
Console tables, sometimes referred to as “sofa tables,” have been around for centuries. They conjure up a variety of images for a variety of people. Some people may be more familiar with console furniture history than others, but for those of us who know only the modern rendition of this multifaceted table, we will review a brief history of this unique piece of furniture.
Console Table History 101
It is thought that console tables in their original form, were designed by the Romans first. When they were initially designed, they were created with two legs rather than the four–legged tables we are accustomed to. Originally these tables were designed to be built right into a wall or other permanent structure to give them stability, since they clearly could not stand on their own. This kind of design is commonly known as a furniture installation. They were narrow by design, and have retained that design up through modern times. Much ornate consideration was given to the front and top of the table only, as the back was obviously never seen. Many changes and alterations were given to this piece over the centuries to reflect the philosophy of art and beauty of that period.
Transformation of the Modern Console Table
Presently, the modern version of this table has some similarities with its ancient counterpart, but obviously the greatest difference now is console tables come with four legs, rather than two - Though the two–legged variety can still be custom made and installed. They have kept their original name because the front and top of the table many times will still have some kind of added ornate decoration - Usually in the form of small drawers with elegant or fancy knobs and handles with the back still being quite plain.
Sofa tables are very versatile in material and design, featuring everything from wood with glass tops, marble tops, or copper or gold-leaf tops, to wrought-iron or other metal legs with the same kind of tops. They can be relatively cheap or run to the extremely expensive side. They can also be purchased in a variety of period styles to fit almost any furniture decor.
These beautiful and ornate tables are much taller than most occasional, accent, or coffee tables, averaging 32”-36,” or about hip height of the typical adult. Some varieties are made a little taller—more towards waist high or so.
Where to Utilize Console Tables?
Console tables make a beautiful addition to any decor - from rustic Texas ranch homes to elegant New York lofts. Many times these tables are used in entryways with a beautiful arrangement of flowers or a unique sculpture piece to welcome your guests. Since many tables feature drawers or cabinets, small items can be kept in them, such as a guest book, keys, mail, or pamphlets and business cards. Other people place them behind a sofa or in a corner displaying a beautiful lamp or framed pictures of family and friends. The decorating possibilities are endless with these lovely - and often practical - addition to any home!
Wrought iron Console tables make great foyer tables, they are an incredible addition to anyway entryway or foyer. Decorate with inviting decor, including framed photos and artful centerpieces, to welcome you and your guests to your home. Wrought iron foyer tables are designed to push up against a wall and are sturdy enough to hold any weighted object. Tables are handcrafted by skilled blacksmiths using centuries-old techniques. Styles vary to help you match with your decor. Depending on the space you have available in your entryway you could decorate with a slightly larger Console Table. Console tables are typically a little deeper than Foyer Tables so depending on your space you could take a look at those for more design and size options.
Wrought Iron Console & Foyer Tables FAQs
How can I use wrought iron console tables and sofa tables in my decor?
Console tables make a beautiful addition to any decor - from rustic Texas ranch homes to elegant New York lofts. Console tables can be stunning when placed against a living room wall, flanked by two armchairs or side chairs with artwork hung above. These beautiful tables are often placed behind a sofa to hold lamps or framed pictures, thus their alternative name “sofa table.” The decorating possibilities are endless with these lovely, and often practical, additions to any home.
Wrought iron console tables also make great foyer tables. They can be an incredible addition to any entryway or foyer. Decorated with a beautiful arrangement of flowers or a unique piece of sculpture to welcome guests in style. Wrought iron foyer tables are designed to push up against a wall and are sturdy enough to hold any weighted object. Styles vary to help you match with your decor.
What sizes & shapes will I find in your collection of iron sofa tables and console tables?
Our beautiful tables are much taller than most occasional, accent, or coffee tables, averaging 32”-36,” or about hip height for the typical adult. Some varieties are made a bit shorter or little taller—more towards waist high or so. Most are rectangular, while a few are designed with a lovely curved front.
Do you offer a variety of styles and types of wrought iron console tables?
Iron console tables are very versatile in design and can be relatively budget-friendly or run to the expensive side. We offer a wide range of types and styles to fit almost any home décor, including:
- Sleek Contemporary
- Timeless Classic
- Rustic Country
- Industrial Chic
- Appealing Traditional
- Fabulous French
- Modern Glam
What materials are used to create your wrought iron sofa tables and console tables?
Most of our console tables are designed with hand-forged iron bases, but tops and accent elements may be made of metal, wood and other high quality materials depending upon your design choice.
These may include:
- Finished Wood
- Hand Barked Wood
- Reclaimed Wood
- Red Marble
- White Marble