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.
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.
You can also get this look with a few wall mounted shelves, hung right above the floor. Spotted on From the Right Bank.
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.
You can also stack magazines (or books! or shoes!) underneath the console for even more storage space. Spotted on Decor8.
This built-in bookshelf, running underneath a window, is especially nice. From Annixen.
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.
There's even room on top for an entire gallery wall. From Livet Hemma.
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.