How to Choose a Console Table

A staple piece of furniture in any home, console tables can be used in a variety of different room settings. With fifteen console tables in the Tom Faulkner collection to choose from, it can take a bit of deliberation to settle on the perfect piece. So, we’ve created a handy guide to help you narrow down the best options for your space…

Special Edition Boulder Console Table by Tom Faulkner


Metal console tables are not just at home in a traditional hallway setting. They also work well in alcoves, behind sofas, and in reception rooms. Statement pieces like the Versailles and Capricorn console tables work well in larger spaces and make a real visual impact.

Marble top ‘Versailles’ console table shown above

For a more contemporary furniture look, the Papillon console table with Dichroic glass top is a real show stopper.

Shown above with the Papillon Rug and Cloud mirror


The average hallway is between 90-100cm wide, with the majority of console tables between 30-40cm in depth. It’s important to make sure that there is plenty of room to walk past without the console table dominating the space.

For tricky narrow hallways, pieces like the Madison, Lexington and Siena from our popular Avenues range work well as we can make them exceedingly slim. Like all of our handcrafted furniture, each console table is made to order and fully customisable so we can tailor each piece to fit your hallway perfectly. You can choose from a variety of different finishes and tops with our bespoke console tables.

When finding a console table to suit an alcoves, it’s important to make sure it fits in with its surrounding space. It’s also worth ensuring that there’s some wiggle room left at either side of the table and that it doesn’t protrude beyond the recess.

Above: Fitzroy console table with glass top


Start by considering what kind of vignette you want to create. Hallway console tables can be much more than homes to humdrum necessities like keys and sunglasses! Try playing around with accessories like a table lamp, vase, or a small collection of books or photographs.

Echo console table

Cool grey finish

Modern console table by Tom Faulkner

Florentine Gold specialist finish with Nero Marquina marble top


One thing visitors to our Chelsea showroom often ask is which mirror to pair with which console table. We have a range of contemporary and classic metal framed mirrors which work especially well with our console tables. As a general rule of thumb, you want to make sure that the mirror diameter is smaller than the length of the console table, to keep things in proportion.

Here are some classic combinations which work well together:

Modern Furniture by Tom Faulkner

White Gold specialist finish with Arabescato marble top

Capricorn console table with Madison round mirror

Charcoal finish with marble top

Jewel Mirror with antiqued glass and Siena Console Table as well as Galena Vase and Capricorn Lamp


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