Do-It-All Entryways to Inspire Your Drop-Zone Makeover
All-in-One Area: Defined Drop-Zone
This family-friendly mudroom is as hardworking as it is stylish. A built-in bench provides a perch for putting on shoes with open storage cubbies below for footwear, water bottles, and pet accessories. Pretty baskets (each assigned to a different family member) keep miscellaneous items contained on an upper shelf.
All-in-One Area: Command Center
A large bulletin board forms a command center on one wall to help keep track of daily mail, important papers, and the family calendar. Kids' artwork is proudly pinned up to add a personal touch. Wall-mounted file folders organize incoming and outgoing mail in an easy-to-access spot.
All-in-One Area: Pet Gear
Your entryway is a prime spot for storing pet gear. Here, a basket neatly corrals dog toys and balls to keep them from being strewn all over the house. The basket slides back into an open cubby to keep it out of the way after playtime is over.
All-in-One Area: Hydration Station
Another wicker basket in this storage-friendly entryway stashes water bottles that can be easily grabbed on the way out the door. Acrylic containers keep the bottles standing tall to prevent spills. Glazed floor tiles cover the mudroom floor (even beneath open cubbies), making it easy to clean up wet or muddy messes.
DIY Built-Ins: Storage Solution
Solve all your storage needs with a one-wall mudroom solution. A combination of open and closed storage efficiently handles shoes, important papers, keys, accessories, and other grab-and-go items. You can create this built-in look yourself by mounting cabinets and a cubby unit on a wall and adding trim along the top.
DIY Built-Ins: Message Center
Post your weekly agenda in the entryway to remind family members of upcoming events. These cork tiles form a simple, attractive bulletin board solution tucked between the board-and-batten wall treatment. Apply self-adhesive strips to the back of the cork squares for easy installation and removal.
DIY Built-Ins: Seating and Storage
This DIY storage bench offers a seating area for changing shoes, as well as a spot to store a few extra pairs. Two levels of shelves in the bench base double the storage capacity. The seat cushion is covered in outdoor fabric for extra durability and stain resistance.
DIY Built-Ins: Open Organization
Open cubbies and vertical shelf dividers in the hanging unit provide ideal spots for organizing mail, school paperwork, and other items you typically need when walking out the door. Use magazine files, slim baskets, or binders to keep loose papers contained. Keep everyday items like keys, wallets, and sunglasses at-the-ready on hooks or open shelves.
Efficient Entryway: Catchall Space
You can create a mini mudroom with just a small stretch of wall in your entryway. This DIY built-in unit combines several types of customized storage to fit the entire family's needs. Above the bench, hooks are hung at various heights to accommodate a variety of items (and keep them within reach for all family members).
Efficient Entryway: Basket Upgrade
Use baskets to organize items like water bottles, pet supplies, and hats and mittens in your entryway. To create a DIY divider for sorting contents, cut an MDF panel to fit inside the basket. Clip a label to the outside so you can easily tell what's inside (even if the basket is stashed on an upper shelf).
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Efficient Entryway: Utilize Baskets
Small baskets are perfect for catching wallets, keys, and other daily items in the entryway. Mount them with their bases against the wall to form a miniature open cubby. To prompt everyone to get out the door on time, consider hanging a clock or placing one on a shelf in a clearly visible spot in the entryway.
Efficient Entryway: Label System
When storage containers are clearly labeled, your entryway will stay tidier because everyone knows where items should go. Use stackable, lidded boxes to store extra gear with convenience and style. Label one box for each family member to keep important papers and other small items sorted and separated.
Anywhere Entry: Space-Smart Solution
Without a designated mudroom space, a back or front door can quickly turn into a jumbled pileup of coats, bags, sports gear, and shoes. Remedy the situation with a simple, fit-anywhere bookcase. A slim unit such as this one can fit right inside a door or at the end of an entry hall; just be sure to anchor it to the wall once you've finalized its position. Outfitted with a few extras and easy modifications, this bookcase becomes a hardworking entryway organizer.
Anywhere Entry: Divide Drawers
Anywhere Entry: Shoe Drop-Off
Drop shoes at the door to help keep your home's floors clean. If you designate a spot, the rule is more likely to be remembered and followed. For a thrifty storage solution, place a metal cooling rack on a large plastic tray for wet shoes to drip-dry.
Anywhere Entry: Message Board
Instantly create a message center to suit your grab-and-go lifestyle. Coat one side of the bookcase with high-gloss paint and leave messages with dry-erase markers. Attach a magnetic bulletin board below for a practical color pop that allows you to post photos and reminders.
Small Entryway Solutions
A small entryway can still provide plenty of functional storage space. With a few smart strategies, you can meet your whole family's storage needs. Maximize every inch of a small entryway with these clever ideas.
Back Door: Grab and Go
Add entryway functionality to your laundry area by turning an unused corner into a cozy catchall. Easy-to-install hooks keep coats and bags off the floor. Attractive containers store small items within reach.
Back Door: Shoe Storage
A roll-out bench provides a place to take off shoes, which can then be placed right into the cubbies below the seat. To protect your entryway floors, consider lining them with carpet tiles. If one of the tiles gets stained, it can easily be replaced with a new tile.
Back Door: Handy Buckets
Round up a collection of buckets to store small items. If the buckets are metal, use magnetic letters as labels to allocate what goes where. As seasons change, you can easily relabel the buckets to store must-have items.
Back Door: Squeaky Clean
The key to organization is finding creative ways to keep everything in its place. Making use of unused space can help achieve that goal. For easy access when entryway messes happen, slip essential cleaning supplies into door-mount organizers. This collection is housed in a high cabinet, out of reach of children and pets.
Front Door: Stylish Storage
If your entryway is short on space, spread up instead of out. Vertical open shelving makes efficient use of floor-to-ceiling space and allows you to keep frequently used items in plain sight. This storage solution also offers a comfy perch for putting on shoes and deep drawers for stowing accessories out of sight.
Front Door: Sliding Storage
Wire baskets on sliding tracks are perfect for stashing extra shoes and small items. The basket easily slides out, making all the contents visible. Retrofit existing cubbies and cabinets with this functionality by installing do-it-yourself track hardware.
Front Door: Basket Solution
Use lidded baskets to store infrequently used items. For items you use every day, try a bowl-like basket with an open top. This provides an all-in-one place to throw your keys, sunglasses, or accessories like gloves and scarves.
Front Door: Photo Frame Labels
Clearly label all boxes and bins stashed in your entryway. This makes it easy for you (and other family members) to track down what you're on the hunt for. These DIY labels are small photo frames with labels inserted into the frame opening.
Mudroom: Hang Time
A second bench has open space underneath for storing shoes and tall items. Baskets are attractive storage solutions that fit nicely on the shelf above the bench. Shallow drawers below the seat function like trays that make it convenient to see what's inside without digging around.
Mudroom: Recycling Center
The window seat area forms one zone in this entry space. It provides an ideal spot for pulling on shoes and gathering items on the way out the door. Deep drawers below the seat keep paper recycling organized and out of sight.
Mudroom: On Display
Pegs along the walls provide spaces for hanging jackets, bags, and dog supplies. To keep each family member's stuff sorted, consider assigning a set of hooks to each person. Above, shelves offer out-of-the-way storage for collectibles.