Contemporary Console Tables

Console tables have been present in households for the longest time already, and just like with any other piece of furniture, there has been an evolution of design as time passes by. The classic or vintage console tables are easily identified by their heavy hardwood, tall back panel, thickly-lined drawers and intricate, elegant carvings that won’t look out of place in a Regency-era household. As we approached the modern era, most furniture started to lean towards a simplistic design. Contemporary console tables are among them.

Most modern contemporary console tables have slim structures, which explain why most of them no longer have the traditional tall panel along the back. This change in style also means a lesser number of shelves are incorporated into contemporary console tables. Traditionally, there are small display shelves built in this tall panel. Without this feature, designers incorporate drawers beneath the tabletop instead for storage instead.

Contemporary console tables usually have four slim legs. They can be simple and straight or fancy and curvy with a classy, elegant feel. To give them additional strength and support, there is usually a flat shelf at the bottom attached to all four legs.

These tables are usually placed in the middle of long corridors or at the end near a window where a small sitting area is set up. Contemporary console tables also look great when placed along a blank stretch of wall in a large room. Other common accessories that go with console tables are wall mirrors, vases filled with flowers, lamps, figurines and other small items depending on where they are placed.

Contemporary console tables along corridors are usually where letters, pencils, telephone and notepads are kept. Those that are in the dining or kitchen area usually hold a cookie jar or a tray of apples or some other fruit. The diverse uses of console tables encourage furniture designers to make the tabletops sturdy, strong, and made of glass, steel, plastic or polished wood.