Maintain an Efficient, Orderly Entryway

Don't let disorder take over an entryway. Keep it tidy and inviting with these effective design ideas and smart storage solutions.

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Design It Right

    Even an entry opening directly into a living space can be functional. Here a simple bench provides extra seating and convenient storage underneath for blankets, picnic gear, and winter-weather accessories. Wainscoting gives the space a more finished look, supplying a seamless transition from entry to living areas. Small sconces flank the mirror above the bench, adding ambience and making the entry more welcoming after dark.

Double-Sided Storage

    Get more from your entryway by creating a symmetrical storage nook. Twice the storage potential makes it easy for you stay organized. Here, two padded benches house decorative baskets to hide by-the-door essentials, and hooks hang above for maximum storage capacity.

Easy Transition

    You don't need a lot of space to set up a simple mudroom. This small but efficient space features hooks, baskets, and shelves that keep clutter organized and out of sight. A cushy bench serves as a perch for people to sit while taking off shoes. You, too, can re-create this simple mudroom. For the bench, buy a single stock cabinetry unit; prime, paint, or stain the cabinetry; and remove the cabinet doors for open storage. Do the same for an upper shelf; install securely to the wall. Hang coat hooks in the middle.

Get Hooked Up

    Hooks are handy substitutes if you don't have a coat closet near the door or if your entry is tiny. They're perfect for organizing grab-and-go items such as leashes, hats, and bags. Just make sure to use hooks cohesive with your decoration.


    This open closet gets the job done with perfect-sized compartments. With spaces planned specifically for shoes, coats, and store-all baskets -- everything has a place and the closet stays looking neat (no doors required).

Try Shoe Boxes

    Storing shoes can be a challenge -- especially within a tight space like an entryway. Here, shoe-sized cubbies make organizing footwear a no-brainer.

A Basket Case

    If balls are banned in your house, chances are they pile up very quickly in your entryway. This storage solution adds style while keeping clutter to a minimum. Bold labels attached to baskets keep things completely fool-proof.

Use Overhead Space

    Targeting wasted space is the key to maximizing storage in small spaces such as entryways. You can increase an entryway's storage capabilities by incorporating handy overhead cabinets or cubbies. In this entryway, a bench below makes grabbing stowed items a cinch.

Better with Built-Ins

    Keep a narrow entryway clean and clear of clutter with built-ins. Here deep built-in shelving (right) hidden behind wainscoting provides the perfect place for storing bulk water bottles and paper towels, along with baskets that house out-of-season accessories.

Coordinating Containers

    Make the most of your doorway by using the wall space as a storage center. Keep things balanced and simple by pulling in a bookcase on one side and a small table on the other. Hang pictures and a high shelf to create symmetry and more storage opportunities without overcrowding the space.

Do More with Drawers

    If all you have room for in your entryway is one table, make the most of it. Divided drawers can store your daily essentials and keep clutter out of sight.

Tight Squeeze

    Doorways in apartments and condos can be particularly narrow. Think vertical, and pull in a tall coat rack like the one shown here. You can also install a thin shelf for stowing clutter and showing off some of your favorite accessories.

Conceal Clutter

    Keep clutter hidden with a coat closet near the entry. Here a coat closet extends to the ceiling, maximizing the available space and ensuring plentiful storage for shoes, coats, bags, hats, and gloves. In addition, the coat closet offers bins and hooks at varying heights to accommodate both children and adults.

Instant Entry

    Carve out an entryway in an open living room with a room divider. This deceptively simple unit -- made from three unfinished cabinets -- defines an entry and makes up for the absence of a coat closet. On the side facing the entry, each member of the family has a set of cabinet knobs to hang coats, bags, and hats. The middle cabinet unit stores mail, reminders, car keys, and more behind closed cabinet doors and out-of-season gear in baskets on a shelf below.

Make a Statement

    Who says storage can't be stylish? This chic entryway keeps its minimalist appearance with bold red cubes that also serve as hidden storage bins.

Impress Your Guests

    Here's another stylish, storage-savvy entry that will make a memorable first impression. This entry features a cozy recessed niche that offers a place to kick off shoes or drop off a bag. A coat closet on each side ensures clutter stays hidden from sight, maintaining the clean look of the entry. Dark slate tile provides a nice contrast to the white woodwork, boasts ample traction, and conceals any dirt left behind from shoes.

A Place for Everything

    This multitasking kitchen entryway leaves room for everything. With cabinets, bookshelves, and cubby holes, there's no excuse for disorganization.

Garden Station

    Don't forget about the transition between your home and garden. This partially enclosed space ensures that dirt, mud, boots, and gardening gear don't block a side entry or create a mess inside the house. A solid roof offers protection for the elements while a lattice peg wall and concrete make storage and cleaning a breeze.

    Expert Tip: If you plan to create a similar exterior space, choose materials that will hold up to the elements, such as pressure-treated wood or a composite material.

Mudroom Addition

    If your entry space is in short supply and you're tired of entry turmoil, consider a mudroom addition to accommodate your family's needs. Here a bump-out addition provides just enough space for a mudroom to serve a full house. Hooks hold purses, coats, and hats while a storage bench conceals winter-weather accessories. Reliable tile flooring makes cleanup easy.

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