Good Questions: Entryway Help?

Anna sent us a good question: What if your entryway is little more than a few feet between your door and your living room? Such is my dilemma. Just bought a media stand (the Kingston from Crate and Barrel) and now I'm not sure what to do with the space between it and the door. There is currently a table there, but it looks a bit inappropriate - too crowded, too heavy...

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I'm considering a few alternatives, like some floating shelves, a mirror, or a small chair. There needs to be something in that space, but what exactly, I'm not sure. I would rather not put down a rug, because the door is difficult to open as it is, and I don't want to deal with constantly straightening a rug. I do not really need any sort of storage in that area; the drawer in that table is practically empty, and the shoes on the lower shelf can be put in a closet.

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For some perspective, I included a picture of the rest of the living room looking out from the entry way (please excuse the mess). Because of the apartment's wiring, the TV needs to be in its current place, so switching that around isn't an option. Thank you for any ideas or tips!

Anna, it would be nice to have a little height near the door to balance the tall lamp and shelves on the opposite end of the room. A coat rack or some coat hooks would do the trick if you want to have a place to catch your coats and bags. Here are a few ideas we've featured on AT:

Best Coat Racks (includes freestanding and wall-mounted models)
CHI House Tour Roundup: Landing Strips
Minimalist Landing Strip
Super-Simple Landing Strip

AT Readers, any ideas?