18 Stealthy Ways to Fake an Entryway in a Tight Space

If your home lacks a foyer or mudroom, these smart solutions will help you hack your way to an efficient entryway. 


Coats, shoes, sunglasses, and keys all deserve a spot near the door. And they each need a place to call home at the end of the day. Creating a drop-zone inside the door can be tricky if your home doesn't have a designated foyer or mudroom, but with the right storage strategies, a sliver of wall space is enough to contain these basics. Bonus: Pared-down storage keeps you from stowing more in your entryway than you actually need. Use these space-efficient strategies, including shelves, narrow tables, and cute cubbies, to fake an entryway with style.

little storage table by teal door
Blaine Moats

1. Planter Box Entryway Storage

Turn a metal planter box into a central space to store on-the-go items or gardening supplies. Acrylic bins nestle in the container to create individual sections for essentials. Hang magnetic clips on the outside to pin reminders. Slide a boot tray under the console to protect your floors from wet items like rain boots or a watering can.

half circle wooden entryway shelf hangers
Blaine Moats

2. DIY Entryway Shelves

Mount these DIY semi-circle shelves to turn a blank wall into a functional entryway. Customize them with peg hooks for hanging items and catchall dishes for tossing keys, sunglasses, and other easy-to-lose items. To make these shelves, cut a wood round in half, add a peg hook to one of the pieces, and glue the two semi-circles together at the straight edges. Forgo a peg and flip one of the shelves upside down for another take on this build. Add sawtooth hangers to the back of each shelf for easy hanging.

leather loop hanging shelves in entryway
Blaine Moats

3. Stylish Entryway Organizers

Fake an entryway with DIY leather-strap organizers that bring order to a wall. Punch holes in leather straps and mount them on the wall to create hangers for shelves or dowels. Slide a poplar board through two loops to form a shelf, or slide hooks along a dowel to create a drop-zone for jackets and bags. Loop two straps through a metal O ring to fashion a handy mail holder.

Coats Shoes Sunglasses Keys
Blaine Moats

4. Wall-Mounted Entryway Storage

Inspiration for these wall-mount containers came from outside: They're window planter boxes. Mounted on an entry wall, they become clever catchalls that are more useful than shelves and durable for daily use. Bins now line the boxes to sort and organize items.

To maximize vertical space, first mount one for shoes low, just above the baseboard. Then hang a mirror at a comfortable height for a once-over. Center the other bin below the mirror. The space left is prime for hooks to hold pet gear or jackets.

Ikea Brimmes Organization storage
Blaine Moats

5. DIY Entryway Storage

Assign closet duties to a wide section of wall and gain the benefits of a handy counter. Long and shallow, this DIY center of organization packs in the storage but stays out of the way. A three-piece plywood top spans a whopping 10 feet, bridging two 16-inch-deep cabinets ($79, IKEA) and a row of coat hooks. The paneling is installed half as deep as the cabinets to keep the hooks within reach. Displaying artwork and accessories makes the unit seem like living room furniture. Birch boards wrap around the toe-kicks for a built-in effect.

coral hanging shelf and round mirror in entryway
Maria-Carla Atencio

6. Compact Faux Entryway

Convenience is key with this faux entryway. A wall-mount shelf with hooks holds keys, sunglasses, and other rushing-out-the-door essentials, while a round mirror allows for last-minute checks. Be sure to use a shallow shelf, or you risk nicking the door each time it opens.

mud room storage area dog
David Tsay

7. DIY Mudroom

For busy families, organization is key to getting out the door on time. This DIY mudroom, created by hanging matching bookcases horizontally, offers individual storage compartments for each family member. Kid-accessible baskets and coat hooks hold shoes, backpacks, and other everyday items. A cushion secured on top of the lower unit creates a comfy perch for putting on shoes.

blue and white wallpaper
Kim Cornelison

8. Corner Entryway

Tucked into a corner, this faux entryway is convenient but not in the way. A petite dresser provides hidden storage for keys, sunglasses, gloves, and other accessories, while creating a display space for fresh flowers and decor. An umbrella stand keeps rain gear organized.

Organized closet by entryway
Marty Baldwin

9. Entryway Closet Idea

A hyper-organized closet can double as an entryway. Hooks of varying heights hold jackets, backpacks, and purses, while floating shelves keep shoes in check. Patterned wallpaper and a striped area rug give this closet personality and add depth. Plus, unlike an actual entryway, you can simply close the door when guests come over.

Table with red chairs and food
Helen Norman

10. Kitchen Entryway Solution

If your door opens directly into the kitchen, add a freestanding island cart. This versatile furniture piece holds extra cookware and doubles as a prep or serving station. A simple hook tucked behind this kitchen door holds aprons, reusable grocery bags, and purses. A large poster adds character to the makeshift entryway.

entry chalk board wall
Werner Straube

11. Entry Console Table

Carve out an entryway by placing a slim console table against a wall near the door. This inspiring entry, fashioned from an awkward half-wall, keeps it simple with a bright, jewel-tone table, fresh-cut flowers, and a motivational poster. The upper half of the wall is coated in chalk paint to create a handy message board. A vintage bin tucked under the table organizes shoes, while a chevron rug catches dirt and debris.

entryway with orange lamps
Paul Dyer

12. Colorful Faux Entryway

Outfit an entryway table with colorful accessories for a fun pop of personality right inside the door. This intricately carved table topped with glossy orange lamps and turquoise knickknacks makes a splash against white walls. Stacks of books on the bottom shelf, which doubles as living room storage, add additional color.

Black cabinets and patterned wall paper with dog accessories
Peter Rymwid

13. Entryway Pet Storage

Keep all of the essentials for the family pet in one spot. Your furry friend will love curling up in his own corner, especially with his food and water bowl close by. Bountiful cabinet space holds extra food and toys, while wall hooks contain collars and leashes until it's time for a walk.

Entryway with bench and hanger
Edmund Barr

14. Entryway Bench Idea

Park a bench inside your doorway for a fake entryway that's both practical and pretty. The distressed finish on this wooden bench gives the piece character, while its location makes it easy for guests to take a seat and remove their shoes. Hanging hooks take the place of a traditional coatrack, and a basket beneath the bench organizes small items.

Teal Entry Unit With Storage Cubes
Cameron Sadeghpour

15. DIY Entryway Storage Unit

Inspired by office file cabinets, these cubed units give everything a place. Assign kids their own cubbies to store school supplies or outdoor gear. On weeknights, have kids stock their storage container with everything they'll need the next day. Attach wall-mounted organizers and hooks to the side to keep keys and mail organized.

Hallway with drawer, vases, and mirror
Dustin Peck

16. Vintage Entryway Furniture

Old furniture is perfect for repurposing as entryway storage. A vintage desk, dresser, or armoire near the front door collects everyday items and serves as a conversation piece. This particular piece evokes European elegance; painted vases and a gold-framed mirror enhance the look.

white and red stairway
Anthony Masterson

17. Staircase Entry Solution

When your home opens directly to a staircase, it can be difficult to find a spot for an entryway. In this case, a gilded dining room chair offers guests a spot to sit and take off their shoes, while a curved newel holds a purse. An area rug stops dirt from being tracked into the house.

teal entry way with mirror and tan dresser
Werner Straube

18. Entryway Mirror Ideas

A mirror is a smart addition to a tiny entryway. This decorative accessory helps define the drop-zone and, by reflecting light, makes the space appear larger. It also provides a handy way to check your reflection before heading out the door. Hang a mirror directly above a small dresser or table to fake an entryway in style.

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