Credenza vs. Console

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I mentioned yesterday that with our new sectional in the living room, we’ve got a big, wide open wall that is dying for a new piece of furniture. When we moved in, I hung some artwork – gallery wall style – on it, but it’s time for something new. But what?

I’ve narrowed it down to two options: a credenza or a console. Each option has it’s own pros and cons, so let’s break it down.

Credenza vs. Console | Rosemary on the TV #decorating #furniture

Credenza vs. Console | Rosemary on the TV #decorating #furniture

Credenza vs. Console | Rosemary on the TV #decorating #furniture

Credenza vs. Console | Rosemary on the TV #decorating #furniture

Credenza vs. Console | Rosemary on the TV #decorating #furniture

 

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Console

But not JUST a console! A console with two benches pushed up underneath it. A sectional is plenty of seating for us, but when we entertain and have friends over, having extra seating to pull out would be convenient. We could potentially keep two benches on the other side of our coffee table all the time, but being able to push them out of the way when they aren’t being used would be nice.

Pros:

1. Benches for extra seating

2. Surface area for lamps

Cons:

1. Lack of storage

Credenza vs. Console | Rosemary on the TV #decorating #furniture

Credenza vs. Console | Rosemary on the TV #decorating #furniture

Credenza vs. Console | Rosemary on the TV #decorating #furniture

Credenza vs. Console | Rosemary on the TV #decorating #furniture

Credenza vs. Console | Rosemary on the TV #decorating #furniture

 

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Credenza

Credenza, sideboard, buffet or server. Call it what you will, but I’m referring to a long, low cabinet with closed storage and a bit of surface space on top, which would be numbers one and two on the list of pros. Though these are traditionally found in a dining room, a credenza is a handy piece of furniture to have in a living room too.

Pros:

1. Storage

2. Surface space for lamps

Cons:
1. No space for benches

Okay, help me out: console or credenza? What would you do?

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3 Responses to “Credenza vs. Console”


  1. 1 Jennifer June 14, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I have that last pic in my project file. I have a custom credenza that came with our home that I am waiting for the courage/energy to paint. I’m also very pro console with seating. I’m currently in the market for said seating. Sorry I’m no help — I love both!

    Actually, I think you’ll want a credenza in a space that large. A wall that big will need something to anchor it rather than several smaller/leggy pieces.

  2. 2 Found This Painted That June 16, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    I’m in the no help column! I like both ideas. I say see what you stumble on and go from there!

  3. 3 Alex June 19, 2014 at 7:53 am

    I say credenza who doesn’t need more cabinet space


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