A console table is any table that is intended to be placed against a wall. In most cases, these tables have a flat back side that lines up flush with the wall. The back side is often unsightly and unfinished, so you wouldn't to have it facing the room. It's an easy way to take an empty wall from boring to chic, and a perfect place to stash your keys in an entry hallway. You can find this modern tapered console at West Elm.