When your guests walk in the door, what do they see? A hallway lined with shoes? A cluttered table with all of last month's mail? Or maybe it's an empty space with nowhere to hang your scarf or store your keys. Don't be underprepared and overly cluttered this season. Give your guests a place to drop a load off before enjoying your hospitality and home.
(Above) Adding a set of hooks is an easy and affordable way to create instant storage in any entryway, big or small. See just how easy it is by checking out the Hood River cabin reveal on Little Green Notebook.
For a simple drop-off zone in even the smallest of spaces, consider making a wooden storage ladder like this one from Francesca Stone on Design*Sponge. And you can also add hooks or a wall-mounted shelf above for coat organization.
If you prefer to keep things "out of sight, out of mind," then look for a storage piece that fits your entry. You can use a mid-sized wardrobe or enclosed shelf to hide incoming shoe piles, with plenty of surface space for home decor or a basket for keys.
Create a custom storage area by re-purposing wooden crates. This arrangement from The Merrythought looks great while offering tons of extra storage. Add in a few baskets if you want to be able to hide your clutter.
For a more permanent solution, I give you the built-in shoe storage drawer from Lemon Thistle. What it lacks in surface space, it makes up for in concealment. This project works particularly well for split-levels where front door congestion is highly likely.
If floor space doesn't exist for you, focus on what you do have: walls. Make this industrial coat rack and shelf combo by following Traci's tutorial on Beneath My Heart, and make steps towards a more tidy entryway.
If you home lacks an entryway altogether, you can create your own with a DIY wardrobe that features hanging room as well as shelving. Check out the interesting technique used to create this modern piece over on Atelier de Curiosite.
Don't forget about umbrella storage either, especially with dreary weather around the corner. You can create these particular storage bins out of reclaimed pallets as suggested by DIY Network.
Another wall-only option would be this minimalist rack from A Pair & A Spare, which uses a wooden dowel, leather, and s-hooks.