Beautiful entry ways + the best consoles
It wasn’t until I didn’t have a console for my entry way that I realised how much I relied on one. Not only was there nowhere to drop my keys when I first walked through the door, but everything that belonged in the hallway – hats, coats and gumboots – started to drift into other rooms throughout our home. Practicalities aside, there was nothing visually anchoring the entrance to our home. It was missing colour, texture – and personality.
Here, I’ve listed my top five top tips to consider when buying a console, along with my favourite looks and products to give your entry way a fresh new look.
5 things to consider when buying a console
First, think about how you use the hallway in your home. If you like to have your keys, wallet and spare coins at hand when you come and go, consider getting a console with drawers as a way to organise your stuff and stash any clutter.
However, if your kids use the hallway as a place to dump their shoes and outer wear, you could use a bench as a seat for putting on shoes, with baskets underneath for shoes and hooks above for hanging hats, coats and bags.
Keep the length and width of your hallway in mind when choosing a new console or bench.
If your hallway is narrow, choose a console that is around 35cm to 40cm wide. Alternately, you could hang a floating shelf as a handy bench top to stash your stuff.
A mantle with hooks hung high on your wall can also save valuable space in an entry way. Check out Australian company Willow and Wood for their wall-mounted mantles, benches and hooks for the mudroom.
As your entry way is the first thing you see when you walk through your door, the furniture should reflect the style of the rest of your home.
If your home, for instance, is filled with mid-century style furniture, look for a timber console with sleek lines and tapered legs.
Scandi-style homes, meanwhile, lend themselves beautifully to a practical bench seat.
Many hallways lack natural light, and a dark and dingy entry doesn’t make the most inviting look to your home. If you don’t have overhead lighting, a table lamp on your console is an easy solution.
Otherwise, a floor lamp next to a bench is an alternate solution.
5. Organisation and storage
A console table or bench doesn’t necessarily offer instant organisation. For example, I use baskets under my console table as a way to store shoes at the front door.
If your console table doesn’t have drawers, use a system of trays, baskets and bowls to store all of your essential things.
Shopping Guide: 8 best console tables
(From left to right)
1. Tripod console table, $1,835 from Nathan and Jac.
2. Frieda 2 drawer console table, $349 from Freedom.
3. Vintage 3 shelf console table, $2,999 from Zanui.
4. Reeve mid-century console, $799 from West Elm.
5. Console table, $2,395 from Workshopped.
6. Johansen console table with shelf, $295 from Interior Secrets.
7. Novitta console table in oak, $549 from Zanui.
8. Oak Oia Console Table by Oslo Home, $599 from Temple and Webster.
After another option? Check out the Valance Modern Designer Console, $499, from Retrojan.
If you don’t need drawers for storage, go for a low bench or a chair in your hall way. Here, my pick of the best benches.
My top pick? The Novitta console table in oak, $549 from Zanui. What about you? Which console or bench is your favourite?