By Maryann Schrock on June 13 2018 11:02:07
The shape and size of the majority of console tables mean that they are designed to be posited against a wall. This style of table is generally thinner in width and therefore benefits from having the support of the wall to lean, prop and style items against it.
The best height for your console table depends on where you plan to put it, as they are available in different heights, styles and materials. Often used behind sofas for perched lamps and decorative accessories, a console table is also useful as a drop-off spot in the entryway or as a buffet in the dining room. Before you buy one, verify that the table is an appropriate height for the space and the people who plan to use it.
The word is, however, more familiar in its connexion with furniture. The console-table was originally so called because the slab was supported upon a scroll-shaped bracket, or upon legs which in form and contour answered roughly to the idea of a bracket. A console-table has a front and two sides; the back, which remains unornamented, always stands against the wall. Since this piece of furniture was first introduced in the 17th century it has undergone many mutations of form. It has been flat and oblong, oval and bombe; but, save during the Empire period, it has rarely been severe.
If the table has a shelf, it’s also good to check the height and its weight bearing. This is so you know that everything you want to display will fit nicely in the space available.
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