Make the most of this small space by sticking with a few necessary items. We'll show you everything your entryway needs to be both stylish and functional.

Entryways are usually quite small, so make the most of your space by sticking to essentials. These are the eight items—including a coat rack and a mirror—your entryway actually needs to stay functional and tidy.

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1. A Sturdy Coat Rack

When guests come to visit, don't just throw their coats onto the bed or the back of the sofa. Store them in style on a standing or hanging coat rack. This entryway coat rack is mounted above a bench, creating the perfect spot for removing coats, hats, bags, scarves, and other everyday items. Keep baskets or bins tucked away nearby to serve as a catch-all for odds and ends.

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2. A Weather-Resistant Rug or Mat

A cute area rug can add cheer to any space, and it's practical, too! A small mat makes it easy for guests to wipe their shoes as they enter, plus it collects dirt and water during wet weather. A large area rug that can be easily laundered prevents floor stains and keeps slick surfaces slip-free.

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3. No-Fuss Seating

Seating is a key element of your entryway. Whether it's a bench, stool, or chair, seating gives your guests a spot to sit down and take off their shoes. When footwear comes off at the door, less dirt and mess gets tracked into your home. Keep seating casual (think pillows and a seat cushion) so guests feel welcome and family members stay comfortable while putting on coats and bags.

modern white entryway with arched ceilings
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4. Grab-and-Go Storage

Whether it's a fancy armoire or cheap plastic cubbies, every entryway needs some kind of storage. Stash basic items—like umbrellas, shoe polish, and extra coats—inside a storage unit like a revamped dresser or sofa table. Make sure items you use on a daily basis, like keys, your wallet, and charging devices, can be easily accessed

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5. Accent Mirror

There's always time for one more makeup check before you rush out the door. A mirror makes it easy to see if you're missing anything, and it can act as an eye-catching focal point for a small entryway. Look for a mirror with a bold frame, and hang it above a storage console for an instant entryway upgrade.

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6. Overhead Lighting

The first thing you do when you come home to an empty house is turn on a light. Make it as effortless as possible by installing an overhead light in the entryway. Whether you choose a pretty pendant light or recessed lighting, be sure the switch is within an arm's reach of the front door.

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7. Fun Accents

Your entryway is a guest's first impression of your home. Make sure that you have a few personal artifacts that pay homage to the rest of your home and its style. Think fun throw pillows, knickknacks, and wall art.

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8. Fresh Flowers

Let a blooming bouquet be the first pop of bright color your guests see when they walk in your front door. Go for a classic, low-maintenance flower you can keep up year-round, such as an orchid plant. Or switch up flowers with the change of each season.

Comments (7)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
September 30, 2019
Agree with previous post- hate hate HATE open concept! When I have people over I don't want the whole place to smell like fish and broccoli and they don't need to hear the dishwasher going either. And as mentioned, it has killed off the idea of a foyer or entryway along with other gracious aspects of having separate rooms. I know for some they say it makes it easier to keep an eye on their kids, but all I can think of is how some of the best times I had as a kid were when the grownups weren't watching our every move! 8-D
Better Homes & Gardens Member
September 30, 2019
Better Homes & Gardens Member
August 7, 2019
#8 is cute, but there is no place to sit. And the if you were to sit on the bench, where would you put your feet? The wooden box is in the way.
Better Homes & Gardens Member
November 9, 2018
The paint color in No. 6 is Benjamin Moore Leisure Green (2035-60).
Better Homes & Gardens Member
November 4, 2018
Sadly, the 'open room' concept is killing off entry ways and leaving people with no option but to walk right into the middle of someones living room. I think it is a horrible concept and needs to change. I'd love to incorporate some of these ideas if I could just find a home without an open room floor plan!
Better Homes & Gardens Member
November 4, 2018
I love the paint color in No. 6! Can I get the name of it please?
Better Homes & Gardens Member
November 4, 2018
I would love to do something with our entry, if it were wide enough!A mirror on one wall will have to do it!