A slim console table can do much more than just hold your mail.

The typical entryway table doesn’t take up much space—most are less than two feet wide—so you can tuck this wall-hugging piece of furniture into almost any room. Whether you add one to your kitchen to store spare dishes, or place one against your living room wall for a makeshift home office, this often-overlooked piece of furniture will add much-needed storage wherever you place it.

Take One: Spruce Up Your Entryway

Console tables were practically made for the entryway, where they hold a container for keys and spare change, artwork, plants, decorative objects, and even a bucket for stashing umbrellas. For a casual look (that doesn’t require drilling holes in the wall), simply lean framed artwork against the table, and let heavy objects (candlesticks work) hold it in place.

Take Two: Create an In-Home Office

If you have a little extra room along the perimeter of your living room, add a slender console to serve as an in-home office. The lower shelves easily store office supplies—even a printer—and the top provides just enough surface area for your laptop and a small table lamp. This way, you can do a little work and keep an eye on the kids at the same time.

Take Three: Sneak in Extra Kitchen Storage

If you have an overflow of dishes, cups, and cutlery, add a console table to the side of your kitchen. The lower shelves provide additional storage space and keep the clutter off the counter, and the top can act as a serving station when you’re hosting a buffet-style meal.

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