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Should you include a table in a narrow entry hall?

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Tables work well in a narrow entry hall as long as they are specifically designed for small places. As of 2015, retailers such as Walmart and the Better Homes and Gardens online store offer compact table and half-table designs that may work. Too large a table will overwhelm the space.

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Entry hall tables from Walmart range from hand-carved designs that mimic the styles of an earlier age to deceptively simple, almost bench-like, models. Half-moon table designs work well because there are no corners to bump into. Also known as half-tables, design options in this style include miniature wooden models with delicately carved legs and an antique-style walnut table with straight legs and a satin polished top.

Clean lined, long and thin entry hall tables are also offered. One model has two flat surfaces, and it is just big enough to hold a small vase or some table accessories. Another option is a folding half-table which tucks neatly against the wall, but can be pulled out and used for extra dining space. One model is only 18 inches wide when folded.

The designs on the Better Homes and Gardens website are more varied, because they represent work from a number of retailers. This website features hall entry tables with geometrically influenced designs, as well as tables with an international flair.

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