Hallway Console Table Buying Guide
Hallways are a necessary but stylistically underused part of any home. While you wouldn’t be able to navigate your home comfortably without them, they’re unfortunately quite limiting in terms of furniture and decor. Narrow, long, and high in foot traffic, styling a hallway is quite the art – but that doesn’t mean it’s not achievable with the right advice.
One of the fundamental pieces that will always suit a hallway – and is the perfect way to add style, flair and storage – is a hallway console table. We’ve put together the ultimate guide to finding the right piece for your hallway; one that’ll solve every need, from storage to style to size.
Scaling up your hallway console table
Because hallways are often very narrow, one of the most crucial features of a console table should be its depth. Start with this measurement first, as getting it wrong could easily affect your comfortable use of your space (a complete no-no!). The best way to find the right depth for your hallway console table is to measure the hallway itself, and then aim to find a piece that takes up somewhere between one-third and one-half of the space. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your measuring tape, and let’s go.
The average hallway will be somewhere between 95cm and 130cm, so as a rough guide – if you’ve inexplicably misplaced your ruler – look for an entry hall table or console table that’s around 30-50cm deep. Don’t forget that you’ll need enough space to navigate the hallway day-to-day, as well as ample room to pull out and use any of the table’s drawers, if this is a priority for you.
Determining height and width
Of course, height and width are also important measurements to consider when selecting a hallway table. It all comes down to your unique space, as well as the look and feel you’re going for. While a small hallway could feel swamped by a long piece, a super short, narrow console table would be completely out of place in a spacious area. Be sure to select accordingly, and think about the impression you’re trying to make in this particular area of your home.
The width of your console table will depend on how long or short the hallway itself is. Try not to take up more than 50-60 per cent of the width of the chosen wall, leaving negative space either side to create balance and give your new piece room to stand out. A long hallway table will really establish a luxurious and exaggerated feel, whereas a small console table will feel sharper, sleeker, and more concentrated.
Height-wise, there are no rules, but ideally your console table will take up roughly a third of the height of your wall. If the average Australian wall height is 2.4m, you do the maths – the perfect console table height should fall either side of the one-third mark, which is 80cm. Anywhere between 70cm and 90cm is sure to feel like the right height, especially when styled with a variety of tall and short items.
Storage or no storage?
For many of us, the driving factor behind adding a furniture piece to the hallway is to increase our home’s storage. However, others may be more than content with just the tabletop surface, and will have no need for extra drawers. Ultimately, determining the kind of storage you want is a pretty utilitarian question, one that should prompt you to assess your home’s current storage situation and evaluate whether you could use a little more room for those important items.
There are a range of different drawer styles that you’ll see, but the most common look features two thin drawers, or alternatively, a single long one. You could also opt for something that’s stacked with storage, like a four or six-drawer hallway table, or alternatively, select a piece that doesn’t have any drawers at all. Because console tables are quite narrow, and generally their drawers don’t have a lot of height, either, don’t count on storing huge items – rather, designate this space for daily household bits and bobs, like matches, candles, notebooks, the mail… you know the drill.
Selecting a material
Material is a key consideration when shopping for any kind of furniture, including a console table. Not only does it have a bearing on colour, texture, and ultimately, style, but it also contributes to the longevity of your piece, and how easy it is to clean and maintain.
A wood console table will be, for most homes, a reliable choice. With lots of different colours and finishes available, wood is versatile in its presentation, but generally provides a sturdy and stable construction that’ll withstand bearing your favourite objects on its surface. It’s important to note that while your hallway might be the prime spot in the house for foot traffic, a console table, unlike a sofa, dining chair or bed, isn’t going to be used at length every day. Selecting a material like wood, that’s both aesthetically pleasing and durable, could give you 10-plus years with your new piece – so be certain that you love it! You might opt for a simple, pared-back wood with a clean finish to tie in beautifully with mid century modern stylings, or go beachy and coastal-inspired with a rattan console table.
If you want to add a little modern flair, perhaps a different material might pique your interest. A marble console table, where the frame is made of metal and the tabletop is a stunning, eye-catching marble, is the perfect way to introduce a little luxe into your space. Alternatively, you’ve got all-metal options, or hybrid alternatives that mix a few different materials, including wood. Metal is, thankfully, another super-sturdy choice that requires little to no upkeep inside, meaning you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your new hallway console table.
With all of the technicalities of your new piece figured out, the final, and most exciting, part of the process is to determine how a console table can reflect your interior style. Whatever vibe you’re going for in your home, you want to ensure every single piece of furniture you purchase reflects it. One great way to select a new item based off of an already-established style is to take a closer look and work out what elements your furniture pieces have in common. Do they all have gold accents? Perhaps each piece is warm-toned, or has sleek, clean lines rather than over-the-top embellishments. Be sure to really assess the facets of design that you’re drawn to before you go head-first into selecting a new hallway console table.
Colour is very central to an item’s point of view. A white console table is clean and calming, and as a result, would suit a coastal, Hamptons-inspired or traditional home. On the other hand, a black console table is moodier and more of a focal point – the perfect addition to a modern contemporary hallway. Tones of brown have different moods, but you’ll find that certain styles tend to prefer different woods. Where Scandinavian style is all about light, bright pale wood, mid century modern has more of a dramatic flair to it with wood that’s mid-toned and darker.
The design and finishing touches on your new hallway console table will also dictate its overall style. Where French provincial pieces tend to have lots of flourishes and curlicues to their shape – you can see this on the Maison Console Table – Scandinavian style is very straight up and down and minimal, as is modern. Mid century modern pieces might have splayed legs at an angle whereas a traditional console table will be all right angles. Don’t forget to pay attention to accents such as drawer pulls, knobs, drawer fronts and the table’s leg style, too.
Adding homewares and decor
So, you’ve found the ideal hallway console table to suit your style – congratulations! Once you’ve assembled it, filled any storage with your go-to items, and positioned it so it sits perfectly in the designated area, the last thing to do with your piece is style it up. What goes on your console table is totally up to you, but here are a few of our must-haves:
Lighting: A table lamp will never look out of place on a hallway table. It’ll illuminate the area, many of which can be quite low-light, and give you a chance to show off your style with a chic shade and base. We love the neutral marble tones of the Kio Table Lamp.
Greenery and flowers: A total must on any surface, flowers and plants will brighten and liven up your hallway and keep it looking fresh and fun. Grab your favourite vases or pots and use that green thumb ‘til you’re happy with the layout. The more plants, the better!
Stacked books: It can often be helpful to think of a hallway console table similarly to a coffee table. They have a comparable amount of space, and both need to strike a fine balance between functional and beautiful. Stacked books are a great option on a console table, just like the coffee table, as they create height and give you a place to position other, smaller items on top. Plus, they’re ideal for showing off your unique interests and point of view.
Candles: Add light, scent and some visual interest with a candle or two. Because there’s not a lot going on in the hallway other than foot traffic, it can be nice to have something lit to add ambiance to the space. If you prefer a flame-free option, a pretty reed or oil diffuser will do the trick.
While the hallway might not be the heart of the home, there’s so much you can do to really spruce up the space, starting with finding a console table that you love. Shop our full range of hallway furniture, including gorgeous hallway console tables, today. We offer Australia-wide shipping with a range of delivery options to suit your needs.