Camouflaging the Sofa Back with a Console Table

Like a lot of people, the back of our sofa leaves much to be desired.  Unhidden, it’s a large solid block  of beige ‘everyday suede’.   I typically drape a blanket over the back- right now it’s a grey and white chevron blanket from Target.  I’ve had our breakfast table benches backed up to the sofa and layered them with books or mags I want to read, but was curious how a sofa table would look there.  To get a feel, I brought in the Everett Foyer Table that I usually keep in the dining room.  I’m sure it will return there, but I discovered that a sofa table does fit this space and I like the look. 
Not only does the table camouflage the back of the sofa, the top shelf provides a spot for the books I’m always reaching for.  It also gives my adorable Homegoods elephant bookends a place of pride.  

The console table is a great place for a bowl (from my friend Melissa) filled with photos I’ve yet to organize into books or boxes.  We went through photos when my son was ‘star of the week’ at school, and we enjoyed looking back at those memories, so having a bowl of pics is a good solution to keeping the pictures around.

The bottom shelf keeps the latest magazines I want to read.  Since I usually read while I eat breakfast and lunch, this is a convenient spot for them.   
I picked up these pierced pattern candle holders at Target recently and they look so cool lit.
How about this view from the back?! 
This table will return to the dining room at some point, but now I know I could use one here in the future. 
You can see other ways I’ve styled our Everett Foyer Table here, herehere, here, and here
Is the back of your sofa exposed or hidden?  Do you have a console table camouflaging it? 

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16 Comments

    • September 16, 2014 / 2:39 pm

      I love your console table- I think I pinned that one!

    • September 16, 2014 / 2:40 pm

      I was trying to comment on your post but it wouldn't let me. Your home is beautiful! I especially love your floors!

  1. September 16, 2014 / 2:30 pm

    Careful with the candles on the back. My family's home caught on fire because of burning candles behind the sofa on a console table. My dad happened to throw a blanket he was using across the back of the sofa (forgetting that Mom had lit some candles). He went outside to do some chores and when he walked back in, the living room was engulfed in flames and smoke. Just a heads up. You don't think it can happen, but it can.

    Other than that, it's lovely. 🙂

    • September 16, 2014 / 2:34 pm

      Liz, I'm so sorry to hear that- just devastating.

  2. September 16, 2014 / 5:14 pm

    I love how it looks. Ours currently does not have a table behind it, but doesn't need one the way it is situated in the room. But, we have used one behind it in the past when turned a different direction. As for Liz's comment, agree, and love PB's new battery candles with the flicker wick (they are timed so they come on at the same time each evening and turn off 5-6 hours later)…they look real and are perfect for those spots where an open flame could be dangerous.

  3. September 16, 2014 / 10:06 pm

    I like how this looks! I don't really mind the back of our sofa actually, but I love the look of sofa tables too.

    Sarah
    Sweet Spontaneity

  4. September 16, 2014 / 10:25 pm

    Oh, I LOVE a table behind a sofa. So good, Megan. And those candle holders are beautiful. So fun to be able to decorate behind there for the seasons. Great idea with the candles, Lauren.

  5. September 17, 2014 / 1:19 am

    That sofa table looks gorgeous! I love the way you decorated it! Can't wait to see what table you actually get for that spot!

  6. September 17, 2014 / 1:29 am

    Your sofa table looks great! It really ties your room together. I think a room can look naked without a sofa table.

  7. September 21, 2014 / 11:05 pm

    Megan, I've been following your blog for years now and love your design talent (and focus on healthy living)! This table looks lovely behind the couch and adds warmth to the room. Beautiful work:-)

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