Between jackets, purses, mail and an ever-growing mountain of shoes, the entryway is a tough spot to keep under control—and less square footage unfortunately means even more mayhem. If creating a mudroom or an entryway with built-in storage is not in your floor plan future, follow the tips and tricks tucked into these eight small rooms to make your foyer a calm, fuss-free zone.
Above: In this stylish Swedish one-bedroom found on My Scandinavian Home, a long, low ledge is the perfect spot to perch shoes. A coat rack suspended from the ceiling makes excellent use of vertical space.
In this small Scandinavian apartment from Architecture Art Design, a narrow shelf outfitted with hooks holds coats, scarves and purses. For less than $30, this minimalist setup can make your entryway much more functional.
If you're decorating on a budget, take tips from the tiny entryway above from Planete Deco. Wooden crates serve as cubbies for stashing boots, while pipes and flanges from the hardware store act as coat racks. For more small space ideas, check out these 5 inspiring entryways.
Leave it to IKEA to come up with some inventive ways to make the most of an entryway wall: A bar with hooks holds coats, and wooden bins store hats and scarves. Set cushions atop wooden bins so they can double as a comfy spot to take off your shoes.
If you have the room for it, invest in a vertical shelving unit to keep sneakers and scarves right by the door. The owners of this Victorian farmhouse spotted on Design Sponge scored the recycled wood one above for just 5 bucks.
In this entryway nook featured on Lonny, a tall bench doubles as a perch for a last-look mirror and a hiding spot for wellies.
One of the simplest entryway ideas around comes from Domino: Set out one giant basket to collect all the gear. Choose sculptural hooks, like the bull-shaped ones above, so when they aren't holding coats or dog leashes, they'll blend in as wall art.
A grid of dowel hooks found on Dom Z Pomyslem turns an entryway wall into an oversized pegboard. This adaptable design changes with the seasons. In the winter, the dowels can serve as coat hooks, while in the summer, they can be used to hold more shelves.