Small Space Secrets: Go Long and Low with a Console

Small Space Secrets: Go Long and Low with a Console

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Nancy Mitchell
Nov 14, 2014
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Today we're continuing our series of clever little hacks for small spaces. This one may seem a bit counterintuitive: when it comes to small spaces, we usually think about small furniture — and going vertical. But a long, low console is a great way to visually extend a room, take advantage of a space underneath windows that otherwise would go unused, and add a whole whole lot of storage to boot.

The console in the pic above, from Lily, provides storage for an impressive record collection.

(Image credit: Domino)

So this space (from Domino) isn't exactly small, but it perfectly demonstrates how a long, low console can recapture unused space under the windows. This living room also maintains a light, airy feel by opting for two lounge chairs instead of a sofa — another good small space trick.

Here's the same look in a smaller space, from Vaaleanpunainen Hirsitalo.

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You can also get this look with a few wall mounted shelves, hung right above the floor. Spotted on From the Right Bank.

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I especially like the look of a low console in a bedroom. You get a lot of extra storage, and keeping the furniture low keeps the space feeling light and open. Spotted on Freunde von Freunden.

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A wall mounted console amplifies the feeling of spaciousness by adding extra space under the console, too. Elle Decoration via Sacramento Street.

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You can also stack magazines (or books! or shoes!) underneath the console for even more storage space. Spotted on Decor8.

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This built-in bookshelf, running underneath a window, is especially nice. From Annixen.

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But you can get the look with furniture, too. (A few IKEA PS cabinets lined up would do the trick, in a pinch.) From Residence Magazine.

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Another big advantage of the low console is that you can lean art on top — and change it up whenever you like. Spotted on A Merry Mishap.

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There's even room on top for an entire gallery wall. From Livet Hemma.

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This isn't really a console so much as a half-height bookcase, but it's the same idea. And it demonstrates the versatility of the low console/shelf — you can even shove other furniture up in front of it (so long as you aren't planning on reading those books too often). From Desire to Inspire.

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