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Greetings, people of AT,

We are a family of four living in an apartment with a small entryway that I'd like to make more usable. Right now we have an old table sitting by the front door that is used as the dumping ground for keys, wallets, backpacks, shoes, etc.

I'm envisioning something that has hooks that my kids can reach to hang up their coats, as well as some storage space.

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The catch: The area is only 37 inches wide, and our sconce is at 67 inches--making the pricey but utilitarian Pottery Barn "Brady" system two inches too tall. Any and all entryway suggestions appreciated.

Thanks, Kate

Dear Kate,

While you really have to find something to fit your own specific needs, we would say to avoid the all-in-one solution in favor of a bench with storage underneath and coathooks on the wall beneath your sconce. Here are our two favorites right now:

Shaker Peg Hooks - that can be painted or put side by side
Eames Hooks - also can be put side by side

You'll still need a surface for wallets and keys, etc.

If you go with a more flexible solution that you put together yourself, you won't have a big object in your front hall and you should be able to keep it tidier over the long haul.

Anyone else??

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