Console tables are great multi-tasking furniture pieces

You may not know it, but one of the most functional and versatile pieces in your home is the console table. It has just the right proportions, storage and display to work in virtually any room. The trick in adapting a console table to any setting is starting with a great design and neutral finish. All that’s left is styling it to fit the needs of the space — and suddenly you’ve brought new life to a piece that perhaps you’ve long overlooked.

Below, we’ve listed our top 5 ways to use a console table around the house. For this project, we chose a perennial favorite, the Newport Demilune.

Use a console table in an entryway

Entry Table

Perhaps the most obvious purpose of a console, the entry table provides a place to drop your keys and phone while setting the tone of a welcoming entry. Prop or hang a mirror above to open up the space—and give you one last chance to check your appearance before heading out. Use the drawers and baskets on the bottom shelf to hold chargers, leashes, memo pads and other odds and ends.

Use a console table in a dining room

Dining Room Buffet

The perfect choice for smaller spaces, it’s big enough to hold table linens, such as placemats, tablecloths and runners, while showcasing your most treasured decorative objects. Creatively stack your china or fill a vase with flowers for a pop of color. Need mood lighting? Flank two demilunes on either end of a wall and add a lamp or sconce.

Console table used as a bar

Cocktail Table

Yes, we know the bar cart is all the rage these days, but nothing says you can’t repurpose a piece of furniture you already own to the same effect. Put trays up top to display your finest bottles of spirits and mixers, and stash cocktail napkins, stirrers and bar tools in the drawers below. Use the shelf for storing glassware, pitchers and ice buckets. The only question is: when’s the party?

A console table serves as a bedside table

Bedside Table

We love using a console table in place of a traditional nightstand for its scale and extra storage and display. It can easily hold its own beside today’s substantial beds and headboards. Create Zen-like balance by pairing two on either side with matching lamps.

Use a console in your home office

Home Office Storage

You can never have too much storage in a home office, and a console does it with equal style and grace—especially if your office pulls double-duty as a guest bedroom. Place a caddy up top to store your office essentials: note pads, pens, paper clips and more. The drawers offer the perfect solution for concealing printer paper and file folders while the shelf below gives easy access to magazine files and books.

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