Are you looking for the ideal solution for your entryway clutter dilemma? The entryway to your home is the first thing you see when you enter and leave your home, and it’s also the first thing guests see. It’s easy for the entrance hall to get cluttered and messy, because it needs to serve so many purposes, but with a little planning and storage, you can get your entry or mudroom neat and organized.
On-the-wall entry storage
Using as much vertical storage as possible is ideal, since you probably have more wall space than floor space. Since you may need to store heavy coats or bags, make sure to install the storage firmly (make sure to either drill your hooks into wall studs or use drywall anchors if you’re attaching the hooks directly to the wall), and you should have a sturdy organization system.
#1: Hang wall hooks
Get coats, scarves, hats and bags on the wall for easy access and effortless organization. If you have kids, hang some hooks at their height to encourage them to take responsibility for their own outerwear.
#2: Hang vertical shelves
Wall-mounted shelving is a timeless look for holding both decorative and functional items. Since this area will be visible, use attractive storage containers, such as canvas bins or wooden baskets.
#3: Add wall cubbies
Wall-mounted cubes can hold outerwear, bags, and anything else you need to grab before you walk out the door. Mounted at kid-friendly height, they are also a good tool for getting kids to take responsibility for their own things, since many school-age children will be familiar with a “cubby” system at their school.
Entryway storage furniture
These storage pieces for the entrance area can be made or bought (new or secondhand).
Storage ottomans have tops that lift off and can be used to conceal shoes, small outerwear items, or other items that you need easy access to but don’t want to have to look at all the time. A sturdy ottoman can also double as a bench for pulling off boots when you walk in the door.
#5: Storage benches
Many entry hall benches have built-in shoe storage that can also hold small items like hats and gloves. Others have large drawers on the side of the bench. Benches also provide seating
Trunks can provide seating and also hide away items that you don’t need to access very often, such as rain boots or ponchos. They come in many styles from plain to ornate, and provide sturdy, practical storage for an entrance hall or mudroom without being an eyesore.
#7: Desks or dressers
Your entryway area doesn’t have to use a table that was specifically designed for halls or mudrooms: insert some personality into an entry way with a cute writing desk or tall dresser. Both naturally come with closed storage, too, so you may not need any other storage products.
#8: Entry tables
Entryway tables are usually tall and narrow, with a small drawer or two. The are usually tall enough to allow a bench or ottoman to be stored underneath when not in use, which saves on precious floor space. If you’re searching for the perfect entry table, sometimes appropriate ones can go by different names: they may also be called console tables, foyer tables or hall tables.
Smaller, portable entry storage options
These smaller storage options are easy and cheap to change out if you get bored of them, while still looking stylish for your entrance.
#9: Decorative baskets and boxes
Cute boxes can be placed on an entry table or on a shelf for storage for small items. Many people store keys, chargers, wallets, and anything else that can be unattractive and pile up in attractive containers.
#10: Open-top storage bins
Canvas bins may be a practical solution for holding shoes, especially if it’s too much to hope for that shoes can be neatly organized any other way every time (such as with active young kids). Outdoor accessories like hats and scarves are also good fits for bins like these.
General tips for small entryways
- Use appropriate storage solutions to keep as much of your stuff off the floor as possible. Not only will having plenty of open flooring make the entrance area look better, it will also make sweeping and vacuuming much easier.
- Have a mat to wipe your feet off on just inside or outside the door, which will reduce dirt tracking around the room and through the rest of your home.
- Define an area at the entrance for every member of the household – mornings will go much more smoothly if everyone knows where their things belong and you don’t have to deal with the hassle of getting different people’s things (jackets, phones, keys) mixed up.