Well-dressed entryways welcome guests to your home, but they're also important storage spots for sporting goods, out-of-season items, coats, and more. Maximize a small entryway with smart storage solutions like baskets, cubbies, and ottomans.
Looking for a spot to stash sporting goods? A rustic wire basket holds a surprising amount of stuff. Plus, its open design makes it easy to spot what you need -- meaning you can spend more time playing and less time looking.
Turn an empty coat closet into a DIY entryway with coat and shoe racks, storage bins, and metal baskets. Everything you need to rush out the door will be in one place. Add style with a fun wallpaper pattern and accent rug.
Bins or baskets can hold a lot of loose items. Amp up their style by choosing a pretty wicker or woven pattern. Keep things organized by designating a specific season, person, or category to each basket. For example, stash scarves, mittens, and hats in one basket, while storing flip-flops, sunscreen, and pool toys in another.
If your front door opens into the kitchen, create a hybrid area designed for both meal prep and entryway storage. A simple cart holds cooking supplies, while artwork and seating help the space seem more homey. An oversize hook behind the door holds coats and totes.
Combine both seating and storage for ultimate space-saving efficiency. Try a set of storage ottomans -- plush lids provide a comfy place to perch while taking off shoes, and the lids conceal seasonal wares below. For maximum function in your small entrway, put an ottoman on casters for go-anywhere organization and seating.
If it fits, there's nothing wrong with using a traditional piece of furniture, like this armoire, in a small entryway. Look for vintage finds at thrift stores and flea markets, but don't just buy a piece that's pretty. Find furniture that fits your storage needs, whether that includes deep drawers for large items or plenty of compartments for keys, writing utensils, and spare change.
When you live in an apartment, or you just don't have a ton of space for an entryway, try a freestanding cubbie unit. Look for a narrow unit, and consider adding floating box shelves for more space. Jazz up the look by painting the back of each cubbie a different color.
There's nothing wrong with keeping small-entryway storage simple. Don't take up precious floor space with a bulky cabinet unit. Utilize your walls by sticking to a basic hanging coat rack or wall hooks. Floating shelves can serve as a place to perch keys and wallets.
If you're planning an entryway remodel, consider adding built-in cabinets. Partitioned spaces ensure everyone's outerwear, sports equipment, toys, and more stays in the right place. Upper and lower cabinets take advantage of both floor- and ceiling-height storage space, plus they make it easy to store out-of-season equipment or items you don't use every day.
A thrifted piece or treasured family heirloom can make a statement in a small entryway. A hand-painted chest, for example, doubles as a bench and storage space. Look for a piece that fits in with the rest of your home's style, like this Tuscan-inspired space.