Turn your home's entryway into a functional and welcoming space
The entryway of your home announces your personal style while also serving a functional purpose. The entry area can be a landing area for mail or shopping bags, or a holding space for jackets, shoes, keys and other items you will need to take along when you leave.
When there’s no foyer to buffer that first step into the house, the living room or kitchen often become a drop-off point for bags, coats, mail and other items. Breaking up a tiny entry space with a console table placed just off the doorway can provide a resting spot for those items.
Choose a small table that blends with the decor of the room, and consider one that also has room under the tabletop or a small bottom shelf to provide additional storage space.
Wall hooks make for easy grab-and-go storage. With a variety of designs and configurations available, from single hooks to racks in multiple finishes and lengths, wall hooks are also highly adaptable to any entry space.
Adding a bench underneath storage hooks provides a surface to sit and remove shoes or a flat spot to place boxes or shopping bags. A storage bench with space inside a hinged top or even large built-in drawers is ideal if you have sports or hobby accessories that you need to be quickly accessible.
Using shelf space in your entryway is a great way to combine decor with practicality. Mount a shelf to the wall behind the door and lay out daily essentials in plain sight to avoid forgetting anything in your rush to get out the door on a busy morning.
A shallow shelf will avoid nicking the door if it opens toward the wall. The floor space beneath the shelf can be organized with baskets and a stylish coatrack can provide vertical storage.