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

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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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