A bench makes a great spot for collecting and sorting through the clutter that comes through the door. It also provides a natural place to line up shoes.
If you're a student or a magazine lover, a cabinet or bookshelf offers counter space for the books that come in and out of the apartment.
Small drawers are good places to keep keys and other loose items. Another option is a cabinet with doors (like the one shown in the top photo).
If you've got kids that run in and out of the back door, a chair can collect toys for later clean-up. It also doubles as extra seating when you need it. Photos: Tas-ka Webshop