Smart Ways To Add a Functional Foyer When You Can Barely Spare the Space

Smart Ways To Add a Functional Foyer When You Can Barely Spare the Space

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Dabney Frake
Aug 4, 2016
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Foyers welcome guests, but they are also your everyday gateway to the rest of the home. Each time you come through the door, happy to be done with your day, you have to first divest yourself of all the keys and bags you brought home with you. A dedicated drop zone keeps things organized and out of the way, and is entirely possible with a few smart decisions and additions— even in the smallest of spaces.

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Think Narrow & Vertical: There's not that much room right inside Isabel's door, but she makes every inch of that wall count, packing in seating, tabletop, lighting, hooks, and even some decorative mirrors.

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Multi-Task Whenever Possible. By placing a storage credenza by the front door, Dabito makes the transition into his 100-square-foot living space pretty seamless. He can use the one piece of furniture as a surface for keys and mail, and also as hidden storage. Make the one piece of furniture a desk and it becomes a double-duty home office. But it still just looks like a living room. Via West Elm.

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Use Custom Solutions to Fit Your Exact Space. A simple, tiny corner bench from Braam's Custom Cabinets is just enough room on which to perch and to store your shoes underneath.

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Wall Mount Everything You Can. The landing strip in this 1950s home, seen on Design Sponge, is minimal but ultra efficient. By hanging a shelf on brackets and a mirror, the residents take up hardly any floor space.

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Take The Low Road. Design Manifest installed a short line of hooks under her console table to increase its functionality while still leaving room for the decorative mirror. It's perfect for all your tote bags and purses.

Plan For Different Types of Storage. Don't let a lack of coat closet deter you when there are multi-functional all-in-one entryway systems instead, like this one that holds shoes, scarves, and hats. This particular one came from West Elm, but it also looks completely DIY-able.

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