If you're lucky enough to have a proper coat closet at home, then congrats on your awesome storage situation. But if you're like the rest of us, working with a cramped corner or narrow hall instead of a proper entryway, then you already know how difficult finding the space to store everyday things—think: hats, coats, umbrellas, and keys—can be. That's why it pays to explore other storage options to make the most of your limited square footage. To help, we've rounded up a few of our favorite ideas for organizing your daily necessities in even the tiniest of entryways. So read on for nine ways to turn a modest entrance into an unexpectedly chic storage display.
Mount Some Door Hooks
If you want an easy (and inexpensive) way to hang up hats and coats on your front door, than a solid hook is the way to go. All you need is a screwdriver—or a few heavy-duty adhesive versions–-and you can put up as many hooks as you need without hurting your bank account. (And if you can't drill into your door, you could always salvage an old one and use it as an entry feature, like in the house tour photo above.)
Hang a Wall Mounted Rack
When it comes to entry organization, you really can't go wrong with a good, old-fashioned wall-mounted rack. Small but sturdy, most offer multiple hooks and cubbies for storing all your favorite hats and jackets.
Make a DIY Copper Hanging Hat Rack
Believe it or not, one of the chicest ways to display your coats and caps is by making your own hanging rack, like this one from A Pair and a Spare, above. With little more than copper pipe and rope, you can craft a cool alternative to a traditional coat rack that hardly costs a thing.
Squeeze in a Garment Rack
Who needs a stuffy coat closet when you can have a sleek garment rack instead? Along with providing plenty of room for hanging hats, jackets, and purses, it should easily fit near your front door without looking clunky.
Fix Up a Rail-Based Organizer (Like IKEA's FINTORP)
An equally stylish option for stashing your hats (spotted above in Sari Lehrer's home toured on Cup of Jo) comes in the form of a rail-based organizer. Similar to standard hanging racks, rail-based rods come with sliding hooks that clip onto just about any accessory you can dream of. Pick some FINTORP pieces up at your local IKEA (in the kitchen section!) or forge a similar version at home with a curtain rod and clip rings.
Snag Yourself a "Hall Tree"
If you aren't familiar with space-saving benefits of hall trees, then now's the time to listen up. In addition to offering storage shelves and hooks for hanging coats and caps, most hall trees come with a removable cushion that allows them to moonlight as a compact chair.
Craft a DIY Dowel Coat Rack
For as sophisticated as they seem, dowel coat racks are surprisingly simple to make. And even though purchasing one won't set you back a ton, crafting your own is just as easy and much more resourceful (check out the one above from Weekday Carnival, crafted from dowels and neon twine).
Fill Your Corner with a Coat Rack
Oft overlooked, but incredibly compact, corner racks are a great way to squeeze a little storage into a tight entryway. Along with providing small shelves and hanging hooks for coats and caps, they can easily fit inside just about any corner you can find near your front door.
Make a Coat Rack from Wooden Hangers
Never underestimate the power of a wooden hanger, especially when it comes to creating a quality coat rack. This adorable DIY hat board, above from A Little Glass Box, uses the super sturdy hangers—turned in whatever direction you choose—to hang everything from baseball caps to heavy winter parkas.