It's called a boot bench, but this rural-looking bench could work pretty well in the city, too. With storage built into the base of the bench, this catch-all seat could be a perfect perch in the entry.
Made by Buck Creek Furnishings, the boot bench is 36" long and only 8 3/4" wide. At that size, it could fit into even the smallest of apartment entryways.
And it's priced at only $70, which is really reasonable for a handmade, solid wood piece of furniture. Comes in several "aged" painted finishes.