What Is a Console Table?
A console table is wide, fairly shallow and roughly as tall as a regular table or desk. A console table is often placed against a wall – but when it's placed against the back of a sofa, it's called a sofa table.
What is a Side Table?
Just as its name suggests, a side table is placed beside a piece of furniture a person would sit on, such as a couch or a bed. Its main purpose is to ensure that essential items are within easy reach.
What Is the Difference Between a Console Table and a Side Table?
The purpose of side tables and console tables is very different. Side tables are mainly functional, serving as a surface to place items within easy reach of people sitting on couches, chairs or beds. A console table usually stands alone as a focal point and is often at least as decorative as it is functional.