An entryway is your first and last impression. It’s what greets you and leaves you, every time you walk out the door. Don’t let disorder take over your entryway. Keep it tidy and inviting with 9 of our favorite effective design ideas and smart entryway storage solutions from Better Homes and Gardens.
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No Entryway? No Problem
“Even if you don’t have an actual entryway, you can carve out storage space inside your front door with a simple bookcase. Here’s how to modify a basic piece into something that works for your entryway storage needs.”
Small Entryway Organization
Even the smallest of entryways can be organized. Here’s how to pack in storage for your on-the-go and out-the-door needs.
The Case for Baskets
If certain outdoor items are banned from entering your house, chances are they pile up quickly in the entryway or mudroom. Use storage baskets to add style while minimizing clutter. If necessary, attach labels or tags to the front of each basket to keep things fool-proof for little ones.
Using Closet Space and Containing Clutter
Keep clutter hidden with a coat closet near the entry. Here, a spacious closet next to the front door maximizes the entryway’s available space and offers concealed storage for coats, bags, hats, and gloves. A nearby bench provides a convenient near-the-door perch to put on and take off shoes, and it also houses decorative storage baskets that hold seasonal footwear.
Making Small Spaces Work
Prevent a small entry from looking cramped and cluttered by banishing unnecessary items and creating distinct homes for the things that stay. This tiny entryway packs a punch with style and function, outfitted with a small desk, deep storage baskets, an overhead shelf, and desktop organizers that corral keys, mail, and electronics. The desk drawers also feature mesh drawer organizers to ensure their contents stay neat and tidy.
Organizing Tight Spaces
“Prevent a small entry from looking cramped and cluttered by banishing unnecessary items and creating distinct homes for the things that stay. This tiny entryway packs a punch with style and function, outfitted with a small desk, deep storage baskets, an overhead shelf, and desktop organizers that corral keys, mail, and electronics. The desk drawers also feature mesh drawer organizers to ensure their contents stay neat and tidy.”
Creating an Instant Entry
Carve out an entryway in an open living room with a room divider. This simple partition defines an entry but can be easily moved if the homeowners need to open up the space for entertaining. A narrow console table provides a convenient drop zone for mail, keys, and other small items. A large built-in unit along the opposite wall (not shown) provides plenty of storage for coats, bags, hats, and shoes.
Creating a Mudroom Doesn’t Take a lot of Space
“You don’t need a lot of space to create a simple mudroom. This small but efficient setup features hooks, baskets, and shelves that keep clutter organized and out of sight. A cushy bench serves as a perch for taking off shoes. You can re-create this simple mudroom in your own home. For the bench, buy a single stock-cabinetry unit; prime, paint, or stain the cabinetry; remove the doors for open storage; and attach legs to the base of the cabinet to make the bench a more convenient height. Do the same for an upper shelf; install the unit securely to the wall. Hang a row of coat hooks on the wall as well.”
Targeting wasted space is the key to maximizing storage in smaller spaces such as entryways. Easily increase storage capacity by incorporating handy overhead cabinets or cubbies. In this entryway, a bench makes grabbing out-of-reach items a cinch.