Console tables (a.k.a. as sofa tables) are staples in most homes. They’re the go-to piece when you need to fill that spot in the entryway, the empty wall in the living room, or maybe a wall at the end of a wide hallway—and obviously, when you need a piece of furniture behind your couch. Sofa tables are the perfect place to add a lamp and accessories to inject character in a space, but many people don’t think to use them for additional storage.
Let’s take a look at a few ideas that allow console tables to expand storage.

With a more traditional style sofa table, you can store extra seating underneath the table. These stylish velvet ottomans couldn’t be a better fit for the space and are perfect to pull out when guests pop over for a visit or when the family wants to gather for a game night.

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The wicker blanket chest tucked under this rustic wood and iron console table is another great use for the unused space beneath the table. Everybody needs a place to store throws for family movie nights. Not to mention, an over-sized trunk or a painted wooden chest is an attractive solution that adds character and function to your room.


One of our favorite ideas is using a console table to help tame the paper tiger. With multiple baskets and individual magazine files labeled for each family member, this hard-working shelving unit serves as a sofa table and also plays an indispensable role in keeping your living room organized.


Many of the homes currently being built have open-concept great rooms with no division between the kitchen, eating area, and living room. You can multiply storage and function by using a buffet in place of a sofa table, if you are dividing the spaces with a sofa or sectional. This allows for overflow storage of serving pieces, china, etc., and also gives you another surface for serving appetizers or drinks when you’re entertaining.

When you start to add sofa tables to your home, think beyond filling the space…think about what other furniture options you could purchase or repurpose that might allow you to add multiple functions, yet serve the same purpose. You can never go wrong adding flexible furnishings that allow for additional storage, serving, or organizational space.

Lorrie Williams, president of Fluff Interior Design, an interior design and decorating firm in Omaha, Neb., that specializes in decorating for REAL life.

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