Work with all of the wall. Even if you only have two or three feet of wall space to use, you'd be surprised how much you can fit. Work vertically, as in Image 3, with hooks and hanging storage to maximize your entry area. If you're going horizontally, opt for consoles or shelving with a narrow profile.
Edit and prioritize what needs to be right by the door. If you have a closet that can store coats, you might decide not to dedicate hooks for them by the door (Images 4 and 5). Otherwise, you'll want a few, and coat storage might be your entryway priority (Image 7). No matter what, you'll want to keep track of your mail and keys.
Make things work double-duty. In the first image, the desk functions as a regular work spot, but it's also a place to plunk down a purse and stow mail out of sight. The coat rack in Image 8 has an integrated shelf on top, and the last image shows a bench that also helps wrangle shoes. I wouldn't be surprised if the upholstered ottomans in Images 2 and 5 open to reveal shoe storage too.
Make the entry area a continuation of the rest of your home. Instead of focusing on the lack of a dedicated entry space, concentrate on making the space play nicely with its very immediate surroundings. In the first image, the entry desk chair coordinates with a lounge chair. In Image 4, the table that stores keys, etc., fits in perfectly as a side table to the couch next to it. In Image 9, the area adjacent to the door is reserved for hooks, but additional entry storage comes in the form of shelves that fit right into the room.
Have fun with the details. Incorporate a cool mirror, a favorite art print, interesting hooks, and good-looking baskets.
MORE ENTRYWAYS ON APARTMENT THERAPY:
• The Entryway Desk: A Smart Multipurpose Solution
• Entryway Spruce Up: Making a Good First Impression
• 6 Components to a Well-Functioning Landing Strip
• Entryway Solutions for Small Spaces
(Images: 1. Liz Fabry for Apartment Therapy 2. Young House Love 3. Better Homes and Gardens 4. Flickr user TV's Jessica licensed via Creative Commons 5. Canadian House and Home 6. via My Rental Pad 7. The Little House in the City 8. via Fresh Home 9. Apartment Therapy 10. Hindsvik at Home)