There are loads of lovely hall tables to be found at antiques warehouses across the country: half moon Victorian beauties with barley twist legs to fancy Baroque pieces fit for a palace.

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Alternatively, you could go for something a bit more industrial – something that uses material from the past to create something perfect for the present. I’d like to think this hall table, which is currently sitting in my hallway, is an example of this. The bottom half – from an original sewing machine table – has a top made of wood taken from the end of a church pew (I assume with permission).

The Singer sewing machine is on loan from a friend, but you can pick them up relatively cheaply. I picked up this hall table at Levenshulme Antiques Village, which I would absolutely recommend if you’re in the North West. It’s a great morning or afternoon out and they’re open on Sundays too.