Console table vs. sofa table vs. entry table…what the heck is the difference between all of ‘em? And honestly, does it even matter?!
Kind of and kind not. Let’s talk about it.
I use the terms console table, end table, and sofa table interchangeably all the time, especially if I’m shopping online. But if you wanna get down to the nitty-gritty, there are some slight differences to be aware of.
Console, sofa, and end tables are all visually open, typically with long legs and maybe some small storage like a shelf or a drawer.
If you’re looking for something with more storage, try looking at media consoles, credenzas, and sideboards.
But back to console, sofa, and end tables. Let me answer a few commonly asked questions and tell you the difference between all of them.
Console tables are usually a standard height (around 33 inches) so you can place them against a wall, whereas sofa tables are low enough to sit behind your sofa.
Sofa tables are designed to be placed behind your sofa. Using a sofa table will help ground the sofa and make it look more intentional and finished, especially if your sofa is placed in the center of the room and not against a wall. Decorate it with tall items like table lamps or flowers to add some height.
Entry tables, on the other hand, are typically more narrow… perfect for an entryway where there’s no room to begin with. They can also have some decorative accents, such as a rounded top or a couple of small drawers for storage.
Long story short, you can use all of these pieces interchangeably when decorating, just make sure you check those dimensions! And if you’re shopping online, be sure to search all of those terms to yield in the best search results.
I hope this post helped you figure out the difference between console tables, sofa tables, and end tables! Still have questions? Comment below to let me know!
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