One of the busiest areas in any home is the entryway. If you have an older or smaller cottage, it’s likely that you’re really lacking space in this region. Maybe your front door opens directly into an open room and lacks wall space, or perhaps you merely require some simple, space-saving organization.
For help with all of those incoming sandals, shoes, lifejackets, and dog leashes, here are 18 ways to deal with your small entryway.
Create a setting
An accent wall of wood, hung antique sports equipment, and a bench and shelf add simple storage.
Convert a closet
If you're stuck with a tiny, thin hallway, the closet space you're given usually doesn't fit more than a couple of coats anyway. By removing the doors of your hall closet, you can create a multi-functional mini mudroom.
Use corner space
This young couple created a welcoming entry out of a very tiny corner.
Rethink your wall space
A traditional, stand-alone coat rack frees up some wall space for a great, blue-themed gallery wall, and even some seating!
This DIY barn board bench and vintage basket is a simple, rustic way to keep your entryway organized.
Add floating shelves
A suspended piece of furniture such as this hanging console looks sleek, provides great functionality, and leaves an uncluttered space for boots and shoes.
Fold away your furniture
Taking a hint from theatres and sports venues, these vintage foldable chairs stay out of the way until you need to use them.
Blend your entrance
If your cottage lacks a typical "foyer" space, create a gallery wall and incorporate all the front-door accessories you need to match. In this earthy space, a wooden dresser and hanging rack provide function and blend well into the surrounding art.
Get skinny furniture
Slender wall storage, like this popular Ikea unit with shelves that fold out, allows you to hide all the ugly front door necessities in a sleek design.
Use vintage accessories
Old trunks, boxes and crates are relatively easy to find and can be an eye-catching way to hide all of your accessories: shoes, scarves, coats, and toys.
Add art where you can
A large basket for shoes is genius, but have you ever thought of hanging art under your coat rack?
Sometimes in these small spaces it works best to get your hands a little dirty. This couple had an almost non-existent entryway that they built a very simple, rustic bench for.
Hide your goodies
If your cottage has a country or shabby-chic decor, a piece of fabric in the pattern of your choice can be hung at the bottom of a small dresser or buffet to create a hiding spot for all kinds of unsightly gear.
Create hidden storage
By fastening a handful of small boxes to the bottom of a floating shelf, you immediately have a great low-impact, high-storage situation.
Use every last inch
A tiny entry doesn't mean you don't have any use for the space behind your front door. By using every last inch of space, a different coloured backdrop and a small mirror give the illusion of a larger entryway.
Go for a two-tiered system
Two-tiered hooks break up the cluttered appearance of one long, hanging coat rack and makes it easy for the kids to get used to cleaning up after themselves—even when they're on vacation.
Create a backdrop
By highlighting your entrance with a backsplash, the whole area comes together and can seem more organized.
Use light colours
The small mud room of this cottage in Quebec appears much larger because of the use of white walls with a contrasted floor.