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A Brief History of Console Tables – Family
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Console tables come to us from French furniture designs of the 18th century. Originally, they were small, half-moon shaped tables fastened to the wall at counter height with a “console”, which is a little curved bracket. Sometimes these special little tables had front legs to make it look like it was free standing. Eventually, they did become free standing, still with the half-moon shape, or sometimes a small rectangular shape. Over time, these little tables evolved to become as useful as they were decorative.
In New York during the 19th century, furniture designer Joseph McHugh, started a line of mission style furniture that included a console table and the idea of a long, narrow table quickly caught on. There are so many uses for these narrow tables and they come in every style. For example, they can be used in an entry hall that is too narrow for a full size table or chest. Table lamps plus a decorative bowl or basket for keys and mail, and you have a nicely furnished entry that is also very useful. A console table can also be used in a kitchen as a work island or breakfast counter.
They also work well in a dining room when there is not enough room for a larger buffet table or bar. This is very handy when serving guests, or as a place to set drinks or snacks, or to display a beautiful piece of china. Behind the sofa is another good spot for a console table. They give the sofa that needed extra space from the wall and serve as a surface to place lamps, books, or other decorative objects. If the sofa is placed in the middle of the room, a console table placed along the back of the sofa makes a welcoming statement and makes the sofa back look more finished. They can also be called into duty to become an entertainment system, just the right height and width to place under a wall mounted flat screen television.
Console tables can be purchased in many different locations, such as furniture or department stores, antique or thrift stores, and online as well. In buying a console table, or any furniture, online, it is always wise to check out the company. See if there are customer reviews available and check their details carefully, including shipping prices and times. There are price points anywhere from less than $ 50 on up, depending on material, brand, age or condition of the table, and shipping will vary as well, with some places even offering free shipping. Shopping online can be just as enjoyable and safe as shopping anywhere.
Console tables can be purchased in any furniture style. You can often find beautiful antique pieces with curved legs or inlaid tops. More recently made tables can be made of many types of wood with different finishes, including painted, or wrought iron and glass. Contemporary style tables can also be found with clean, straight lines. Whatever your personal style, a console table will be a beautiful addition to any room.
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