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

By Katie Bandurski Kit Selzer and Kit Selzer
Updated March 01, 2021

Comments (2)

February 4, 2020
Unlike the earlier poster, I appreciate the different ideas. I just moved into a smaller house so am always looking for ways to maximize the space. As far as examples #12 and #14, with careful measuring and furniture placement they work well. I hadn't thought of using a table with"cut" edges but that really helps give the door more clearance space. I used a similar setup and have no bad experiences with the door hitting the furniture. To be extra careful I put a decorative iron doorstop closest to the table edge, just in case a gust of wind blew the door further than normal. Also it's important to note location of hinges, since items (like the boots in example #12) being further from the hinges means they have the full swing of the door before distance becomes an issue. Even with a larger space it's important to measure, measure, measure before assuming a magazine photo will look the same in your home.
January 17, 2020
I don't know who thinks these things up, but for the most part, they are out of their minds! A door opening onto a table? Good grief, those doors will hit the tables and, especially the one near the bottom with the huge mirror and the bust on the table. You don't think that, when someone is coming in and not being really careful, that the door won't hit the table, knocking over the bust and cracking the mirror? Or the one with the table and the boots by the back edge of the door. The door can't open more than 6" before hitting the boots, knocking them into the table and knocking things on the table over. Come on, don't go for beauty, go for practicality. When you set this up, have someone come in who opens a door in a normal manner, especially if carrying packages. A lot of the ideas on this site are just ridiculous! Try it out before you post it.